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Derwent Pencil Museum, Portinscale

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Home to the largest colored pencil in the world, Derwent Pencil Museum hosts over 80,000 visitors every year. You’ll learn about the production of pencils and their importance to the local economy. The museum offers free demonstrations of colored pencil drawing. Both temporary and permanent exhibits occupy the museum's rooms, so check the website’s calendar of events before your visit. Take the guesswork out of planning a Portinscale vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Outstandingly interesting - what is interesting about a pencil you think - well go to this museum it’s fantastic. You are given a 20 question quiz, optional, on entrance and it makes the visit... 
    Outstandingly interesting - what is interesting about a pencil you think - well go to this museum it’s fantastic. You are given a 20 question quiz, optional, on entrance and it makes the visit...  more »
  • This is a unique little museum that’s worth a look. £5 entry per adult will give you about an hours worth of interesting facts about pencils. You can learn how they used to be made, how they’re made.....  more
    This is a unique little museum that’s worth a look. £5 entry per adult will give you about an hours worth of interesting facts about pencils. You can learn how they used to be made, how they’re made.....  more »
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  • Friendly, helpful and informative staff. ALL visitors encouraged to 'take the quiz sheet' and by so doing, you spend more time looking and reading about the history of the humble pencil. Well worth a visit to follow the story of how the discovery of the graphite became something which we all take for granted
  • Amazing historical building. This place has the world's largest pencil. This place at the beginning has a mine to walk through to get to the main museum. At the end there is a little cafe. This place also has an art gallery inside. Great place for the children and also for adults

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