Tours

International Printing MuseumThe Museum Offers General and Group Tours

The Museum is open to the public on Saturdays only from 10am to 4pm, or during the week by appointment for groups and other visitors.

General Admission is $10 per adult and $8 for students and seniors, and includes a guided tour (approximately 1 hour).

Please check our calendar for the schedule of events, as prices for admission are different on those days or are reservation only tickets.

 

Franklin’s Colonial AssemblyFranklin Gallery TourConstitutional Convention Tour
Book Arts TourInventive Benjamin Franklin School Assembly

Great For…

Clubs – Classes – Typographers – Graphic Designers – History Buffs  Organizations – Team Building – Book Clubs – Birthday Parties – Scouts

The Printing Museum group tours are great for a variety of people. Whether you are a teacher, social club, college professor, or company manager we have a tour for you. Teachers or principals can bring the history of printing and books, as well great inventors like Gutenberg and Franklin  to life for your students with one of our interactive history tours. Do you belong to a club or other organization that is looking for a unique venue for your next outing? Are you 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 or 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.


Franklin's Colonial Assembly - Museum on Wheels and Ben Franklin Show | International Printing MuseumFranklin’s Colonial Assembly: Museum on Wheels & Ben Franklin Show

A Museum on Wheels brings the best of the Printing Museum’s educational programs to your school. Beginning at our traveling colonial printing shop, your guide slips on an apron and steps up to Franklin’s press. With the help of students, metal type is hand set to help create his famous Poor Richard’s Almanack. With historical artifacts and quality graphics, the presentation covers the long history of books, from papyrus scrolls and manuscripts to the books and newspapers of today. Students will see a page of Gutenberg Bible, rare Chinese printing blocks, early colonial books and demonstrations of printing and bookbinding. The Museum on Wheels’ graphics were reprinted fall of 2009.

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, 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. Franklin aims to ignite young minds with the wonders of science and invention.

Tour Length: 1-3/4 hours
Age Level: 3rd grade and up
Fee: $650 for up to 150 students
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Franklin Gallery Tour Flyer | International Printing MuseumFranklin Gallery Tour

Beginning with a tour through the Printing Museum’s extensive collection of working machinery, you will experience the development of the arts and technologies used to transmit ideas, including writing, paper making, printing and bookbinding. 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 will introduce you to his many inventions and discoveries, from swim fins to bi-focals, from the first lending library to the Constitution. 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!

Not just for kids! Ask about our adult version of this tour!

Tour Length: 2 hours
Age: 3rd grade and up
Program Fee: $200 for groups up to 25; $8 per additional guests
Audience Size: up to 70
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Constitutional Convention Tour | International Printing MuseumThe Constitutional Convention Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hours
Age Level: 5th grade & up
Fee: $200 for groups up to 25; $8 per additional guest
Audience Size: Minimum 17 & Up to 70
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Graphic Arts Tour

Experience firsthand the colorful and graphic world of Books and Printing, from Gutenberg to the marvelous Linotype of 1886.

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. Your two-hour tour begins with the ancient world of the Babylonian clay tablets and Egyptian papyrus scrolls to the Chinese invention of paper and printing. After printing their own page of the Gutenberg Bible, students will help to set metal type and print the pages for a book. They will learn to sew and bind their first book using historical models as inspiration.

If you choose a paper making option, students will enjoy dipping their hands into the cold water of a paper maker’s vat, students will form their first sheet of paper. With wood type and engraved images of the 19th century, they will assemble and print a broadside, learning about theories of color and design.

From lithography to typography, each tour can be customized to meet your curriculum objectives.

Duration of Tour: 2 hours
Age Level: 3rd grade and up
Fee: $250 for groups up to 25; $10 per additional guest
Audience Size: Up to 50
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Inventive Benjamin Franklin School Assembly Flyer | International Printing MuseumThe Inventive Benjamin Franklin School Assembly

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!

Fee: $450 for one-hour show; $200 for additional shows scheduled same day
Audience Size: Up to 120
Age Level: 3rd grade and up
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