About the International Printing Museum

Columbian press | International Printing MuseumThe International Printing Museum is a public non-profit organization and was founded in 1988 by David Jacobson and Ernest A. Lindner and features The Lindner Collection of Antique Printing Machinery.


Our Mission

The International Printing Museum is a dynamic museum devoted to bringing the history of books, printing, and the book arts to life for diverse audiences. The staff and volunteers make it their mission to take one of the world’s most significant collections of antique printing machinery and interpret it for today’s audiences through working demonstrations and theater presentations.

Since 1988, we have reached over 500,000 people, both those visiting the Museum and those we have visited via History in Motion, the Museum’s innovative schools outreach program, and taught about the history of books and printing, great inventions and inventors that helped make our world. The International Printing Museum has been recognized worldwide for the size and importance of its collection and for the successful and creative approach to interpreting the collection for the community and the world at large.

For twenty-five years, the International Printing Museum in Carson, California, has been devoted to bringing the history of books, printing and the book arts to life for diverse audiences. The staff and volunteers make it their mission to take one of the world’s most significant collections of antique printing machinery and interpret it for today’s audiences through working demonstrations and theater presentations.

Over 400,000 people have experienced the International Printing Museum while learning about the history of books and printing, great inventions and inventors that helped make our world. The Museum has been recognized worldwide for the size, variety and importance of its collection and for the successful and creative approach to interpreting the collection for the community at large.


The Museum’s History

David Jacobson of Gutenberg Expositions, and collector Ernest A. Lindner, started the museum in 1988 to house the Lindner Collection of Antique Printing Machinery. The collection has grown since then with significant donations and acquisition under the leadership of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and Founding Curator and Executive Director, Mark Barbour.

From 1988 until 1997, the Printing Museum was located in the city of Buena Park. Following the acquisition of the Museum’s property by CalTrans in 1997, we moved to our present facility in Carson, California, twenty minutes south of downtown Los Angeles, in 1998. In February, 2003, the Board of Trustees of the International Printing Museum Foundation authorized and raised the necessary funds to acquire title to the Carson property. Currently, the Board is working on raising the funds necessary to expand and improve the Museum in Carson.

The International Printing Museum Foundation is recognized as a tax exempt, 501c3 public charity by the IRS. The museum supports itself in part with receipts from its activities and programs, but relies primarily on donations from individual and corporate donors. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Governance & Staff

The Museum’s collection, day to day operations, programs and activities are managed by Curator and Founding Director Mark Barbour. The International Printing Museum Foundation’s Board of Trustees provide strategic oversight and guidance designed to further the Museum’s missions and growth.

Leadership & Operations
Mark Barbour 
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Founding Curator and Executive Director

Dan Freedland 
President, Board of Trustees

Sara Halpert
Museum Manager

Dr. Leland Whitson
Docent Director

Phil Soinski 
Theater Manager

Board Members
Dr. Ethan Lipton – 1st Vice President
Bob Lindgren – Treasurer
Doug Haines – Secretary
Harriet Lindner
Paul Carney
Hanna Wood McConaghy
Dan Koon
Michael Druyen
Carol Geddes
Frank Buono