Whether you are a teacher or principal and want to bring the history of printing and books, or the great inventors like Gutenberg and Franklin and their inventions to life for your students or you belong to a club or other organization that is looking for a unique venue for your next outing or you are an individual who wants to learn the traditional printing or the hands-on joy of practicing the book arts, the International Printing Museum in Southern California is the place for you!
We bring our world-class collection of antique, printing machinery to life for people of all ages through our award-winning school outreach programs, interactive museum tours, live entertainment in our Heritage Theater and our growing schedule of classes in our Book Arts Institute. Since 1988 we have touched over a quarter million people through our programs and activities, which led the Printing Industries Association of America (PIASC) to honor the Museum's staff in 2008 for its successful and creative approach to interpreting our collection for the community at large.
You can reach us at (310) 515-7166 for more information about our tours or you may email us at the Museum with your questions. Click on one of the Promotional Cards to be taken to more details about that program and be able to download a copy of the card.
A Museum on Wheels brings the best of the Printing Museum’s educational programs to your school. Beginning at our traveling colonial printing shop, the presentation covers the long history of books, from papyrus scrolls and manuscripts to the books and newspapers of today. During the second half of the presentation, the Inventive Dr. Franklin is presenting the story of his life to students in the school auditorium, introducing you to his many inventions and discoveries. Students are introduced to the world of electricity and science as Dr. Franklin demonstrates his static electrical generator, originally used to create a battery.
Beginning with a tour through the Printing Museum’s extensive collection of working machinery, you will experience the development of the arts and technologies from printing a bible page on Gutenberg’s Press, to visiting Franklin’s printing shop, even watching the marvelous newspaper machines of the Industrial Revolution. Following your gallery tour, you will step into the Heritage Theatre to meet the Inventive Dr. Franklin. Franklin who will introduce you to his many inventions and discoveries, from swim fins to bi-focals. Franklin demonstrates his static electrical generator, originally used to create a battery, as he aims to ignite young minds with the wonders of science and invention!
Who better to arbitrate between students debating one of the great issues at America’s Constitutional Convention than Dr. Benjamin Franklin. Divided into 13 state delegations, students debate the issues that faced the Founding Fathers: representation, taxation, election and the vexing question of slavery. Reading from cards, students participate in the difficult task of resolving the issues that faced our Founding Fathers, ending with their signing of the Constitution. Following the Convention, students enjoy a tour through the Museum, highlighting the great documents of history and freedom.
The Museum’s Book Arts Tour is a visual journey through the graphic world of printing, paper, books and images using the world renowned collections of the Printing Museum.With wood type and engraved images of the 19th century, they will assemble and print a multiple souvenirs, learning about theories of color and design. From lithography to typography, each tour can be customized to meet your curriculum objectives. Great for kids and adult classes and groups alike!
Imagine being wafted back across time for a chat with Benjamin Franklin, scientist, inventor, printer and statesman. The Inventive Benjamin Franklin School Assembly brings colonial America to life for your students in your school auditorium. Franklin will introduce you to his many inventions and discoveries, from swim fins to bi-focals, from the first lending library to the Constitution. Students are introduced to the world of electricity and science as Dr. Franklin demonstrates his static electrical generator, originally used to create a battery. Throughout the one-hour presentation, Franklin aims to ignite young minds with the wonders of science and invention!