Due to the current health crisis The Printing Museum will be closed for the foreseeable future…

If you have the means, please support the Museum during this difficult time.



Curator’s Museum Gallery Tour

While we are closed during the Covid-19 Pandemic we are making videos of our gallery tour available for you to #MuseumFromHome


The Covid19 End of the World Keepsake Donation

For a $10 tax deductible donation to the Museum you’ll receive this hand set letterpress keepsake






Printers and the Pandemics, Part I

A book first published in 1721 is currently being reprinted. Since the COVID-19 outbreak in Britain, it’s been hard to get your hands on a copy of Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year.

The name Defoe may sound familiar. He’s the author of other fictional accounts of calamity and woe such as Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders. When the Black Death once again threatened the European Continent in 1721, DeFoe decided to write an account of the plague of 1665 to alert people to what was about to happen. A Journal of the Plague Year is a story of “panic buying, mysterious illness, quack remedies, and fake news.” The book is no doubt a work of fiction since DeFoe was only five years old when the plague hit London in 1665. It’s thought he used his uncle’s stories and memories of the epidemic to write the book. Some of the accounts in his work may sound very familiar to us today.



Here are just a few of our favorite feature length documentaries about printing and the graphic arts industry.  Happy viewing friends!

Printing History

The Machine That Made Us

A completely charming documentary hosted by a completely charming Stephen Fry. He, and just about everyone else in the film, aren’t afraid of hiding their absolute joy at retracing the footsteps of Johannes Gutenberg. They follow the life of Gutenberg and the many steps it took for him to turn out those famous Gutenberg Bibles. Stephen travels around the world to rediscover the art of papermaking, illuminations, and type casting (with friend of the Museum Stan Nelson, formerly of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History). A great look at Gutenberg and his press aka “The Machine That Made Us”

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