The Museum of Printing History

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Facility:The Museum of Printing History
Description:The Museum of Printing History, founded in 1979 promotes, preserves, and shares the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy. During a guided tour, visitors participate in the hands-on printing of a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible pulled from a replica press, then move to the printing of the Declaration of Independence on a 19th-century Columbian iron handpress. Tours complement a wide range of study, from science and technology to English language arts, from history to fine arts.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:1324 W. Clay Street
Address 2:
City:Houston
State/Province:TX
Zip Code:77019
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Tues-Sat 10-5
Admission:Free admission for self-guided tours. Call for guided tours
Telephone:(713) 522-4652
Website:http://www.printingmuseum.org
R E V I E W S
Susan, Co-op Member
Best for:
1) History: discussing how writing then the printing press changed history
2) Religion: seeing how the Gutenberg Bible was printed
3) Government: valuing books, newspapers and printed media in historical context
4) Fine arts: seeing printing presses in action, visiting a working artist's studio
5) Science and technology: how machines are made, operate, inks across time
6) Language arts: providing concrete examples of how writing matters!

Peak age of enjoyment: 0-100+ y.o.

Pros: free for self-guided tours, friendly and knowledgeable staff

Cons: small parking lot which can make it tough to find parking, expensive and tempting gift shop right as walk in and out

Cautions: take note of open hours and holiday closings, if you want to see artist in residence - check that he will be there
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