Review these weird and wonderful museums

Photo of decorated fans.

Among the many fascinating museums and attractions on Euan’s Guide, there are a few niche ones which really caught our eye! Did you know that in Birmingham there is an entire museum dedicated to pens? Or that there’s a museum filled with self-playing musical instruments in Gloucestershire? And did you know that these weird and wonderful museums have good disabled access? Put these on your list of places to visit and send us a review!

1. Be blown away by The Fan Museum, London

Imagine a museum filled with over 4,000 prettily decorated antique fans; well, such a museum exists! You’ll find it in London and it’s the perfect place to learn about the history of fans and fan making. You can also finish your visit with a delicious afternoon tea in the Orangery garden room! There is a portable ramp available upon request at the main entrance and lift access to all floors of the museum. Would you like to write a disabled access review for this quirky museum? Write a review now >>

2. Give codebreaking a go at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

It’s was once Britain’s best kept secret, but today Bletchley Park has become a top attraction where you can turn back to WW2 and experience music, conversation, romance and more from the era. You can also try your hand at codebreaking! One reviewer gave Bletchley Park 3.5 stars saying there were, ‘very helpful volunteer stewards in some of the venues around the park to help’. Read this review and submit your own >>

3. Put down in ink your thoughts about The Pen Museum, Birmingham

Photo of a box of pens.

Everything you ever wanted to know about pens is waiting for you at Birmingham’s Pen Museum! You’ll find this intriguing museum inside a former pen factory at the heart of the city’s Jewellery Quarter. You’ll even get to make your own nib and learn what it was like to work as a pen worker in the 1800s. Other cool things you can try out include early typewriters and Braille equipment. One reviewer gave this museum 4 stars saying, ‘the museum is on a single level, making access easy’, but be aware that ‘it is only a small museum’. Write a review of this museum >>

4. Listen to ‘canned’ music at The World of Mechanical Music, Northleach

Did you know that many instruments can play by themselves? They are of the ‘canned’ variety and were created ‘before regular broadcasting started up in 1924’ according to this enchanting museum. It’s also the place to go if you want to listen to reproducing pianos in a Victorian music room or hear 1930s songs on a handmade gramophone. The museum is listed on Euan’s Guide saying, ‘our entire exhibit has wide doorways, gentle slopes and ramps to ease access,’ and they also list accessible toilets and parking at their venue. Have you been to this museum? Write a review now >>

5. See if The Postal Museum gets your stamp of approval, London

Are you a stamp collector? Even if you’re not, there are lots of curious things to discover about Britain’s postal history at this unique museum! The venue is listed saying, ‘all public areas are on a level surface’ and they have accessible formats and large print versions of museum materials for guests to enjoy. Excitingly, this museum is changing for 2017 and will feature even quirkier details including Mail Rail! Tell us more if you've been to The Postal Museum >>

With thanks to The Fan Museum, London, 2016 for their image.

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