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Pen Museum, Birmingham

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  • As two lovers of all things stationary, in particular calligraphy, we were excited to explore the museum. Firstly, they only took cash and misinformed us of the 'nearest' cash point, completely unapol...  more »
  • You would never believe how much information there is available about a "pen"! Lots to read about the history of the simple writing implement and plenty for children to try out, to bring history to li...  more »
  • We had a great time at the Pen Museum, it's a great place to visit if you're in Birmingham. I learnt a lot about the history of Birmingham and the industries around and got to make some of my own nibs...  more »
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  • This was a lovely visit. It took us about 20 minute or so, from the city centre on foot (Birmingham New Street), but it was well worth it. I'm not all that interested in pens, but this place managed to keep me inside for well over an hour. Lots of history and useful/educational information provided - great for kids aged 4+ I think. Staff are extremely friendly, full of knowledge and stories. There's a video you can watch to get some facts about the Birmingham pen business - 75% of pen nibs in the world came from here. In the end you can make your own pen nib with help of staff (almost from scratch) to take home with you, or you can just try writing with different pen nibs. The admission is not expensive (£5) and you can give a donation, to keep this place up and running. Great idea on a rainy day (as it happened in our case).
  • Well, luckily it was only 5 pounds because it's really really small and not really interactive. There are 2 buildings and when we went to the second one there were other people there which were presented the museum by a guide. After they left the guide didn't even bother to explain anything to us and when we asked him if we could use one of the machines there he just said " no" even thought it was written on the machines that they can be used but only with an authorised person. So, so all in all, it was ok but wouldn't pay more than 5 pounds for it.
  • Interesting museum if your into pens and writing etc. You can get to make your own pen nib cool!
  • The museum shows an interesting chunk of Birmingham's history. It's also great who like visiting workshops and learn a bit about early manufacturing. The venue is small but one can easily spend there 1-2 hours.
  • A tiny little gem of a museum: the single exhibition room is packed full of character! We enjoyed producing our own pen nibs, with the help of a friendly volunteer.

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