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The Pen Museum

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Address: The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
Phone Number:
+44 121 236 9834
13:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore...

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects.

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Unusual museum

I visited the Pen museum after going to the museum of the jewellery quarter as it is in the same road and is smaller. I found it interesting and was amazed to see so many pens.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Roger B
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited the Pen museum after going to the museum of the jewellery quarter as it is in the same road and is smaller. I found it interesting and was amazed to see so many pens.

Thank Roger B
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

history about pens, tours and stories to hear. can even create your own pen and try your hand at traditional calligraphy. definitely had fun, spent more than 2 hours there.

Thank aly1412
Getting around.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had never been to The Pen Museum before but had found an interesting workshop, which I visited yesterday. Firstly, the workshop was incredible! Stephen Duckett, the workshop teacher, was informative and inspiring. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him and learn his tricks of the trade. Myself and the other learners shared how pleased we were with the... More 

Thank Leelandla
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's smaller than we thought but we still spent an hour and a half there. The staff are helpful, very knowledgeable and the collection is fascinating.

Thank Lulu H
Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed this tour but in the workroom area there is not much room to move around so if there was a large group they might have difficulty seeing all of the exhibits.

Thank ficas
Vienna, Austria
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely museum about the history of the pen history. Everything is shown in a very clear, comprehensive and nice way. The people, which are working there, know many stories about the important industry of pen. The museum also shows how kids long time ago learnt in schools. You can make your own nib.

Thank Kaharina5
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Birmingham on vacation and found this wonderful little gem. I'd done my research before going, and knew of Birmingham's role as being the world's supplier of pen nibs. I loved all the historical exhibits showing the various types of nibs. My favorite part was experience where a guide not only walks you through creation of of a nib,... More 

Thank Tiffany H
Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our third visit taking friends here. We were looking forward to seeing the newly refurbished exhibits. Our first visit was with the original displays as set up by the original volunteers and we loved the eclectic mix of displays. Sadly the new layout and displays were disappointing. The entrance is a new room with only narrow aisles making... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we Passed by this on the way to somewhere else but were tempted to go back on the recommendation of a guide at another attraction and i am Pleased we did we had a Place to go to so with limited time did not get to spend as much time here as it deserved a small display/ exhibition area, the... More 

Thank george b
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

It was easy to find although it wasn't signposted from the Jewellery Quarter station. The building is Victorian with fantastic architecture. The exhibits are wonderful and I liked the colourful displays of different pen nibs. The displays were very informative. I liked the opportunity to try out the machinery. However it could be improved. My guidebook told me it was... More 

Thank Catherine H

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