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Pen Museum

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Set in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, The Pen Museum is unique in the UK. It celebrates the legacy of Birmingham's 19th century steel pen trade, where mass production first made mass communication possible. And through exports, made an enormous...more
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The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Unit 3, The Argent Centre, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really a little gem especially if you are of acertain age. Very revealing if you are younger ..how we wrote in ink before the ball point pen. Actual hands on nib making, lots of fun great staff.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been too pencil museum in Keswick. I've always had good pens bought me so I brought some down. All were priced up and I have had many surprises. I will be cashing in on a few of them.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Nigel E, Other at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Pleased you enjoyed the visit

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a delight to see such an amazing collection of one of Birmingham's once major industries,everyone of a "certain age" will find something the once used or owned the very keen and knowledgeable guides certainly knew about the business .

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank John E
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you John pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

We fancied a break from shopping so we headed over to the Pen Museum. The volunteer that day was Joe, he was so knowledgeable and friendly. We learnt lots and enjoyed our visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sarah L
Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2018

Sarah, thank you for your review the team including of course our West Midlands young volunteer of the year, Joe, really enjoyed your comments. Pleased to hear we provided a welcome shopping distraction!

Reviewed 20 November 2018

Went to view a performance of a Arts Council sponsored experience staged by girls from Four Dwellings School and Turves Green Girls School reflecting the history of the Birmingham Pen industry and the role of girls as workers in the industry, Trade Unionism and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2018

We really enjoyed hosting and preparing for the event with the schools involved and also the project developers Bostin' Creative Theatre Company. The exposure for the Museum doing what we do best is of course also very welcome. Thank you for your review which everyone...More

Reviewed 16 November 2018

I never knew that the Pen Nib had such a history. A very interesting 1.5 hours spent in the museum. The highlight is that you get to make your own nib.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lonelytrotter
Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2018

Thank you for your review, great to hear the visit was much enjoyed.

Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

Had some extra time because the wife was off with new friends and being a Tuesday the other museum I had intended to visit was closed. I walked into a world I never knew existed that gave insight into the working world of women in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Thank you for such a great review. We are so glad you enjoyed all aspects of your visit and thank you for taking the time to give us such lovely feedback. Please do come back and see us sometime soon if possible.

Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

We went a while ago . When I suggested it everyone laughed. After going they all said how educational it was. Kids even got to make their own pen bib. Birmingham has so much pen history. We went upstairs too lots more to see and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

JJB Thank You so much we loved your review.

Reviewed 13 November 2018

Did you know that at one time Birmingham supplied most of the pens used worldwide? I never realised how many different styles of pen nibs existed and how people could commission different designs to be embossed / stamped on their nibs. One of the guides...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2018

Kat. Thank you very much for your feedback, our Museum seeks to inform and educate the public about the history and heritage of the Birmingham Steel Pen Trade. Always a pleasure to do so, the volunteers love to hear from visitors with their thoughts and...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Have wanted to visit for a while and am so glad we did. The displays were very well laid out and full of fascinating items. The second room had beautiful cabinets of nibs, travelling inkwells and antique pen wipes. We were also fortunate to make...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

Thank you so much for your review Garden Girl. - We are so glad you enjoyed your tour and of course making a steel nib. Your lovely comments are very much appreciated by the volunteers. .

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NicandOoz
2 September 2016|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Museum has reduced access through to early October £1 admission for adults. Renovations due to complete soon. Website will be updated as and when.
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Michelle W
7 April 2016|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Colmore Row near to St. Philip's Cathedral.
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22 March 2015|
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Hi Is this an assistance dog you are referring to? Thanks in advance. Pen Museum
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