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Pen Museum

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Making steel pen nibs in Birmingham during the Victorian era was a major industry with 129 companies employing circa 8,000 workers (mainly women). By visiting the Pen Museum, you will discover a wide range of fascinating objects and details that help tell the story of Birmingham’s pen trade and its important legacy including the link between a prominent pen manufacturer (Josiah Mason) and the establishment of the University of Birmingham.

Throughout the Museum there are a range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy including writing with a quill and ink, using typewriters plus an exciting opportunity to make your own nib using the same machinery once operated by women workers in the 19th century.


Detailed Information


The Pen Museum,
Unit 3, The Argent Centre,
60, Frederick Street,
Jewellery Quarter,
B1 3HS.
Tel: 0121 236 9834.
Contact Person: Katie Rickett

Museum Website

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    Adult + Donation £7.70
    Adult £7.00
    Concession + Donation (Adults 65+) £6.05
    Concession (Adults 65+) £5.50
    Student + Donation £6.05
    Student £5.50
    Child + Donation (5 to 15) £3.30
    Child £3.00
    Child (under 5) £0.00
    Essential Carer £0.00

    Gift Aid donation is optional. If you would like to donate, and are a UK taxpayer, choose a ticket which includes a donation to confirm that you are happy for The Pen Museum to receive essential additional funds from the government.  For us to claim Gift Aid, we must ask for a donation of at least 10% of the ticket price. We will receive an additional 25p for every pound you give us at no extra cost to you.

Opening Hours

  • Friday 11am to 4pm
    Saturday 11am to 4pm
    Sunday 12pm to 4pm

  • Please note that pre-booking is now required, this can be done from our website


  • Shop.
  • Meeting room for hire
  • Toilets.


  • Calligraphy classes and workshops
    Family events
    Group visits by arrangement a circular display  of hundreds of pen nibs

Disabled Visitors

  • Partly wheelchair accessible
    Accessible toilets

How to get there:

  • Train: From Birmingham Snow Hill to Jewellery Quarter Station, 1500 yards from station.
    Tram: From Birmingham City Centre to Jewellery Quarter Station, 1500 yards from station.
    Bus: 101 from City Centre stops outside the Pen Museum.


  • Cars: Pay-and-Display street parking
  • Coaches: Set down/pick-up at door.

Average Length of Visit

  • 1 hour.