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The Pen Museum, Birmingham

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4.5/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
To promote and preserve the history and legacy of the steel Pen Trade in Birmingham, for the advancement of the education and benefit of the public. To maintain a museum that displays the skill and craftsmanship of the Pen Makers and their employees and also houses historic artefacts and ephemera related to the art of writing.

To actively engage with, interest and inform as wide a cross-section of the community in the West Midlands as possible as to the social significance of the introduction of the steel pen, including the wider national and international impact of the Birmingham Pen Trade. To provide opportunities, particularly for young people, to develop an interest in written communication and an appreciation of its place in the modern world.
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  • Calling it a Pen Museum is a bit of a stretch. A Fountain Pen Museum would be more accurate or a Fountain Pen Nib Making Museum would be even more accurate. Now having cleared that up it was a good wa...  read more »
  • As a Brummie I had visited the Coventry watch museum and hoped this would be along the same lines, lots of local history on the subject etc. They even have lists of employees in the area to involve lo...  read more »
  • Although it's very small it's amazing how much background it provides into the manufacture of pen nibs in Birmingham - who could know how much was involved, how important they were to industry in Vict...  read more »
  • I enjoyed walking around the museum, there was lots of information and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. It cost £2 per person for adults. You can try writing with old ink fountain pens as well as using typewriters (this makes computers seem like wonderful invention). I think it would appeal to families for something to do while out in the jewellery quarter.
  • We visited the Pen Museum on Boxing Day, which was actually open! It's run by volunteers and is a fascinating place. Who knew that two thirds of the world's pens came from here. You can make a pen nib yourself as a guide takes you through the process and then try calligraphy and play on a variety of typewriters. A truly fascinating place and friendly, knowledgable staff.
  • This museum is a visit for both the young and old. . I took my 7 year old and she did not want to leave. The staff Larry and Margaret Hank made it for us. They are both Knowledgeable and their enthusiasm was unbelievable. . We used old typewriters ..calligraphy pens,watched a video and made pen nibs! Take the 101 bus from Colmore near the cathedral and get off on Frederick Street. The bus stops in front of the building. We walked back into town which took 12 mins
  • Dnt go if u're scared of spiders.
  • They say: "no travel experience is genuine any longer"; and the Pen Museum proves that statement wrong. An authentic and humble workshop is home to a magnificent experience that allows visitors to craft their own fountain pen nibs and practice calligraphy, whilst being in the presence of the wonderful history that pays homage to what once was a great factory that produced the tools that recorded the world's passing.
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