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Pen Museum

The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Unit 3, The Argent Centre, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
+44 121 236 9834
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Calligraphy workshop

As part of my birthday week, I arranged to attend a calligraphy workshop with 3 very good friends... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
atropos_uk
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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WOW BRILLIANT!

A small museum, 3 rooms but full of interest, see hoe they used to make pen nips, fasanating, a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Roger S
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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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 contribution to global literacy. In effect, this is where the world learned to write. Our museum is based in an 1863 Florentine Renaissance style former pen factory; 1 factory of 129 in Birmingham that once manufactured the majority of the world's pens. The Museum holds regular calligraphy workshops and learning sessions.
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The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Unit 3, The Argent Centre, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

As part of my birthday week, I arranged to attend a calligraphy workshop with 3 very good friends. Immediately we were welcomed by volunteer staff and given an impromptu talk on the history. The exhibit was truly fascinating and all the staff very knowledgeable. The...More

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for such a great review. Our volunteers work really hard to offer our visitors a great experience The team will be very happy to see your review of an excellent day.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A small museum, 3 rooms but full of interest, see hoe they used to make pen nips, fasanating, a brilliant informative visit and well worth a return trip

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Awesome thank you for the great review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this unlikely museum and ended up really liking it. It shows how unexpectedly interesting and important the pen-nib business in Birmingham was. On the tour, led by marvelous volunteer guides, interactive exhibits let you run some of the machines yourself. It gives...More

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review we really appreciate your comments and enjoyment of our Museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is a must see! Really interesting to learn about how much Birmingham contributed to the pen industry. The collection of nibs is incredible, as well as all the other great writing-related objects (inkwells, blotters...). You can even come back home with your own...More

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review we really appreciate your comments and appreciation of our Museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very bad experience. No signs for entrance, all doors closed even when website and apps said it was opened. Lack of respect to the public. Local people never heard about Pen Museum. It seems it does not exist indeed. It was frustrating. If they cannot...More

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are extremely sorry that you were not able to visit the Pen Museum. Due to circumstances beyond our control on that day it proved impossible to open the Museum to visitors. Apologies for the inconvenience caused to you.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When we visited the museum was still undergoing some refurbishement but that did not spoil our experience it's hard to imagine that so many different types of pens and nibs existed I even had the opportunity to write my name on a Braille machine and...More

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and appreciation, we are now fully refurbished and offer even more to see and do.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A most enjoyable visit, not expensive at £5 each for adults. We discovered a surprising world of pen nib making and were given the opportunity to make our own nibs on some of the machinery. There were many exhibits to look at and try out...More

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review the team really appreciate the feedback and we are pleased you enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A step back in time, a chance to see how pens were made, the conditions people worked in. Make your own pen nib, see how hard it was! Interesting little shop, inexpensive items. Great way to pass an hour.

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome thank you for the great review!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When first entering the Pen Museum, it is obvious that a lot of work has been done to collect, display and explain the history of pen manufacture. The volunteer staff were friendly and helpful and obviously enthusiastic about their Museum. Like the Coffin Museum, a...More

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. We're pleased you had a good experience.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Keep receipt for discounts Coffin Works, Jewellery Quarter Museum and Pen Museum. Excellent tour. On the hour. Keep receipt for discounts Coffin Works, Jewellery Quarter Museum and Pen Museum. Well done the volunteers who bring these places to life.

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Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are very pleased you had a good experience.

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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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Hi Is this an assistance dog you are referring to? Thanks in advance. Pen Museum
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