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The Pen Museum is located on Frederick Street in the heart of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, in what was once William Wiley’s pen factory and what is now the Argent Centre – a fabulous red brick building on the corner of Legge Lane and Frederick Street.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am – 4pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm

To be confirmed August 2021

Closed: 25th, 26th December and 1st January

Last admission time to the museum 3.15 pm.   


Adult: £6.00 / Gift Aid: £6.60*

Concession: £4.50 / Gift Aid: £4.95* (Adults 65+)

Students: £4.50 / Gift Aid: £4.95*

Child (5 to 15)  £2.50

Child (under 5) FREE

Disabled adult visitors pay concession admission (free for carer/personal assistant).

*We get a lot of questions asking why Gift Aid admission prices include a 10% voluntary donation, in order to qualify as a gift paying this enables the Museum to reclaim the tax back on the whole amount paid as part of the Government Gift Aid Scheme. For us, that is worth an extra 25 pence for every pound you give which means your donation will provide more support for our work.

Admission prices as of 22/01/2020

Pen Museum Update

Once the Government starts to ease the lockdown, and in view of the invaluable financial support we’ve received from our Crowdfunding Campaign, Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund, our Trustees are proposing to reopen open the Pen Museum with Covid safety procedures in place to ensure the safety of our visitors and volunteers. This will include a requirement to pre-book tickets.

Our proposed reopening will be kept under review by the Museum’s Trustees and any updates posted via our website and social media channels.

We all look forward to welcoming visitors again soon and once again thank you to everyone for your brilliant support in helping our small independent Museum to survive.

Andy Munro


How to find our Museum:
The Pen Museum is a 10-15 minute walk from Birmingham’s central shopping area, as well as being well served by public transport.

Follow Newhall Street into Graham Street and then turn right into Frederick Street. Entrance to the museum is just after Legge Lane.

Number 101 bus from Birmingham city centre stops on Vittoria Street which runs parrallel to Frederick Street.

The Jewellery Quarter station on Vyse Street is the nearest railway station, with regular train services running from Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill stations.

West Midlands Railway offers a frequent and fast service from major cities, including Wolverhampton, Hereford and Stratford, to Birmingham stations. Visit West Midlands Railway to book tickets.

If travelling to our Museum from the City Centre hop on the Metro/Tram and you we be at the Jewellery Quarter station within 10 minutes!  The Museum is then only a short walk away via Vyse Street and Frederick Street.

On street parking is available locally,  street parking is pay and display, charges apply every day except Sundays.

0121 236 9834


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Access and Facilities

Visitors are welcomed by a volunteer or member of staff who are there to help and can answer any questions visitors may have.

Groups of 10 visitors and above should contact the Museum in advance to enable us to be prepared for their visit.

As the Pen Museum is located in a listed historic building, wheelchair access to some areas is limited. A toilet with disabled access and a baby changing facility is available to visitors.

Our Gift Shop has a wide range of writing and calligraphy equipment from Manuscript, William Mitchell and Sheaffer. Handcrafted pens by Eric Lyons and Sohan Singh make great gifts for everyone. A selection of greetings cards, books and souvenirs of your visit to the Pen Museum are also available.

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