The Printing Museum in Houston: A Lesser-Known Treasure!

Updated on August 6, 2018
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Exterior of The Printing Museum with crape myrtle in bloom.
Exterior of The Printing Museum with crape myrtle in bloom. | Source

Located just outside of the Houston Museum District is The Printing Museum. It houses an amazing array of items, some of which represent historic treasures of past centuries related to man's early forms of conveying messages in written or visual form. In many cases, one would have to travel to other parts of the world to see similar items on display because of their rarity.

The museum is set up with rooms or galleries featuring different subjects. It is fascinating to discover what unfolds from one space to another. There are wonderful permanent and temporary exhibitions. From papermaking to bookbinding and letterpress to lithography, this place has it all. The journey throughout this facility starts and ends in their gift shop, where you can print your own t-shirt to take away as a souvenir if you wish.

This is one of only a handful of printing museums in the USA. You would have to travel to Massachusetts, California, or Utah to see anything similar to this, so we are fortunate to have this gem of a museum located here. After being closed for 20 months due to a fire, The Printing Museum once again opened its doors to visitors on January 25, 2018.

Ancient Artifacts or Facsimiles at the Museum

A portion of the information displayed to the side of the Hyakumanto Dharani Scroll and Pagoda shown above reads as follows:

Literally meaning "Dharani in One Million Pagoda", Hyakumanto Dharani is one of the oldest relief printing in the world. Empress Shotoku (718-770) of eighth-century Japan commissioned one million copies of Buddhist text known as dharanis, which were then placed into pagodas made of hinoki wood and dedicated to major temples in her realm. The museum's display is one of the 1,700 surviving copies, most of which exist in the Horyuji, Japan.

You can learn more about the dharanis as well as view and see information about things such as the following in the first gallery past the gift shop:

  • Ancient papyrus fragments dating back to 300-350 B.C.E
  • Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals from 3000-1000 B.C.E
  • Illuminated Manuscripts from the 13th to 16th centuries
  • Asian wood type and printing from the 8th and 9th centuries C.E.
  • Codex Zouche-Nuttall (facsimile) 1200-1521 C.E.
  • Leaf from the Qur'an from 1631 C.E., Turkey
  • Read about the importance of the Rosetta Stone and other things.

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The Hyakumanto Dharani Scroll plus The Hyakumanto Dharani Pagoda 764-770 C.E. Codex Zouche-Nuttall (facsimile) 1200-1521 C.E. Ink on deer skin Mesopotamian Seals 500-1000 C.E. on Stone  from Iraq (Mesopotamia) + Babylonian writing from the same era on an unidentified stone from IraqSee the Rosetta Stone (replica), circa 196 B.C.E., Egypt. Original is in the British Museum, London, U.K. Balinese Palm Leaf Book 19th Century A.D. Papyrus Fragment with Greek Writing 300-350 B.C.E. The Book of Kells (facsimile) Early 9th Century A.D. Colored ink on Vellum
The Hyakumanto Dharani Scroll plus The Hyakumanto Dharani Pagoda 764-770 C.E.
The Hyakumanto Dharani Scroll plus The Hyakumanto Dharani Pagoda 764-770 C.E. | Source
Codex Zouche-Nuttall (facsimile) 1200-1521 C.E. Ink on deer skin
Codex Zouche-Nuttall (facsimile) 1200-1521 C.E. Ink on deer skin
Mesopotamian Seals 500-1000 C.E. on Stone  from Iraq (Mesopotamia) + Babylonian writing from the same era on an unidentified stone from Iraq
Mesopotamian Seals 500-1000 C.E. on Stone from Iraq (Mesopotamia) + Babylonian writing from the same era on an unidentified stone from Iraq
See the Rosetta Stone (replica), circa 196 B.C.E., Egypt. Original is in the British Museum, London, U.K.
See the Rosetta Stone (replica), circa 196 B.C.E., Egypt. Original is in the British Museum, London, U.K.
Balinese Palm Leaf Book 19th Century A.D.
Balinese Palm Leaf Book 19th Century A.D.
Papyrus Fragment with Greek Writing 300-350 B.C.E.
Papyrus Fragment with Greek Writing 300-350 B.C.E.
The Book of Kells (facsimile) Early 9th Century A.D. Colored ink on Vellum
The Book of Kells (facsimile) Early 9th Century A.D. Colored ink on Vellum

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George and Barbara Bush Americana Gallery

The importance of literacy to a society cannot be overstated. There are instances throughout history where despots sought to keep people in the dark by burning books and curtailing people's access to the written word. The process of producing literature has gone from storytelling to the painstaking hand-lettering and illustration of books by monks and others to machines, which helped to speed up the process of printing. Each and every invention along the way has helped to increase literacy.

Taking center stage in this Americana Gallery is a working 150-year-old Columbian iron hand press. It is a beauty!

Lining the walls are numerous framed newspapers and publications that offer viewers interesting information regarding historic events of the past. The photo of the first newspaper shown below has a portion of this information written to the side of it:

Frank Leslie (born Henry Carter in England) came to New York as an illustrator and engraver in 1848 and quickly established his own magazine. In 1855, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper which ran until 1922, became the first successful pictorial weekly in America. Leslie's breakthrough was devising a method of speeding the work of preparing illustrations for printing by dividing the image into as many as thirty-two separate sections for individual wood engravers. Significant American illustrators, such as Thomas Nast (1840-1902) began their careers at Frank Leslie's paper, learning the business of illustration and techniques of wood engraving.

See many examples of printed materials on display in this gallery including, among others, The Pennsylvania Gazette published by Benjamin Franklin in 1765.

The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.”

— Benjamin Franklin
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Cast-iron Columbian Press No. 1642 c.1813, George Clymer, inventor (American, 1754-1834), manufactured by Clymer Dixon &_Co., LondonFrank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper Saturday, May 31, 1862 NY, NYHarper's Weekly with Thomas Nast illustrations Harper's Weekly with Thomas Nast illustrations The Boston Evening Post Monday, September 2, 1765 The Revolution newspaper, December 31, 1868  The St. James's Chronicle; or, British Evening Post Saturday, March 1, 1777-Tuesday, March 4, 1777U.S. Continental Currency
Cast-iron Columbian Press No. 1642 c.1813, George Clymer, inventor (American, 1754-1834), manufactured by Clymer Dixon &_Co., London
Cast-iron Columbian Press No. 1642 c.1813, George Clymer, inventor (American, 1754-1834), manufactured by Clymer Dixon &_Co., London | Source
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper Saturday, May 31, 1862 NY, NY
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper Saturday, May 31, 1862 NY, NY
Harper's Weekly with Thomas Nast illustrations
Harper's Weekly with Thomas Nast illustrations
Harper's Weekly with Thomas Nast illustrations
Harper's Weekly with Thomas Nast illustrations
The Boston Evening Post Monday, September 2, 1765
The Boston Evening Post Monday, September 2, 1765
The Revolution newspaper, December 31, 1868
The Revolution newspaper, December 31, 1868
The St. James's Chronicle; or, British Evening Post Saturday, March 1, 1777-Tuesday, March 4, 1777
The St. James's Chronicle; or, British Evening Post Saturday, March 1, 1777-Tuesday, March 4, 1777
U.S. Continental Currency
U.S. Continental Currency

Renaissance Gallery

It is in this gallery that visitors get to see a working replica of Gutenberg's press. A page from the Bible is printed on this press for tour groups and can be taken from the museum as a souvenir. On display is a facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible.

Printed pages from various Bibles can also be viewed along with some fabulous 15th- and 16th-century engravings, among other things.

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Gutenberg Press (reproduction) at The Printing MuseumGutenberg Press (reproduction) Pair of Ink Balls made of leather, wood and wool Bellows display near the Gutenberg PressThe Gutenberg Bible in fine art facsimile Leaf from Luther's Bible 1576 Wittenberg, Germany Hans Krafft, printer (German, died 1578)Ethiopian New Testament 13th century C.E. Parchment, ink, and sewn boardsLeaf from the Geneva Bible 1598 England Miles Coverdale (English, 1488-1568), translatorGregorian Chant Book 16th Century C.E. The fragile-nature-of-this-volume does not allow for open display in this spaceThe Rheims Bible 1582, Rheims, France Jean Fogny printer (French, 1535-1586)Leaf from Matthew's Bible, 1549, Antwerp, Belgium, John Rogers (English, c.1500-1555), printerPennyroyal Caxton Bible, 1999, Austin, Texas (Pennyroyal Caxton Press, printer)Leaf from a Book of Hours circa 1450 C.E. 'The Very Rich Hours of Duke de Berry' c.1413-1416 C.E. (facsimile) France,  Ink on VellumThe Ascension, from The Little Passion c.1510 Albrecht Durer (German, Nuremburg 1471-1528) Woodcut Martyrdom of Saint Philip c.1512 Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, Kronach 1472-1553 Weimar) Woodcut Saint Francis of Assisi 1585 Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560-1609 Rome) Engraving Saint Jerome in a Cave c.16th century Master L.S. (German, Unknown 15th century) Engraving The Arch of Marcus Aurelius from the Campus Martius of Ancient Rome c. 1762 Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778) EtchingPace Reperta, c.17th century Animals, c.1654, Theodore van Kessel (Dutch, 1620-1660) after Jan van den Hecke (1620-1684) Etching
Gutenberg Press (reproduction) at The Printing Museum
Gutenberg Press (reproduction) at The Printing Museum | Source
Gutenberg Press (reproduction)
Gutenberg Press (reproduction)
Pair of Ink Balls made of leather, wood and wool
Pair of Ink Balls made of leather, wood and wool
Bellows display near the Gutenberg Press
Bellows display near the Gutenberg Press
The Gutenberg Bible in fine art facsimile
The Gutenberg Bible in fine art facsimile
Leaf from Luther's Bible 1576 Wittenberg, Germany Hans Krafft, printer (German, died 1578)
Leaf from Luther's Bible 1576 Wittenberg, Germany Hans Krafft, printer (German, died 1578)
Ethiopian New Testament 13th century C.E. Parchment, ink, and sewn boards
Ethiopian New Testament 13th century C.E. Parchment, ink, and sewn boards
Leaf from the Geneva Bible 1598 England Miles Coverdale (English, 1488-1568), translator
Leaf from the Geneva Bible 1598 England Miles Coverdale (English, 1488-1568), translator
Gregorian Chant Book 16th Century C.E. The fragile-nature-of-this-volume does not allow for open display in this space
Gregorian Chant Book 16th Century C.E. The fragile-nature-of-this-volume does not allow for open display in this space
The Rheims Bible 1582, Rheims, France Jean Fogny printer (French, 1535-1586)
The Rheims Bible 1582, Rheims, France Jean Fogny printer (French, 1535-1586)
Leaf from Matthew's Bible, 1549, Antwerp, Belgium, John Rogers (English, c.1500-1555), printer
Leaf from Matthew's Bible, 1549, Antwerp, Belgium, John Rogers (English, c.1500-1555), printer
Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, 1999, Austin, Texas (Pennyroyal Caxton Press, printer)
Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, 1999, Austin, Texas (Pennyroyal Caxton Press, printer)
Leaf from a Book of Hours circa 1450 C.E.
Leaf from a Book of Hours circa 1450 C.E.
'The Very Rich Hours of Duke de Berry' c.1413-1416 C.E. (facsimile) France,  Ink on Vellum
'The Very Rich Hours of Duke de Berry' c.1413-1416 C.E. (facsimile) France, Ink on Vellum
The Ascension, from The Little Passion c.1510 Albrecht Durer (German, Nuremburg 1471-1528) Woodcut
The Ascension, from The Little Passion c.1510 Albrecht Durer (German, Nuremburg 1471-1528) Woodcut
Martyrdom of Saint Philip c.1512 Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, Kronach 1472-1553 Weimar) Woodcut
Martyrdom of Saint Philip c.1512 Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, Kronach 1472-1553 Weimar) Woodcut
Saint Francis of Assisi 1585 Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560-1609 Rome) Engraving
Saint Francis of Assisi 1585 Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560-1609 Rome) Engraving
Saint Jerome in a Cave c.16th century Master L.S. (German, Unknown 15th century) Engraving
Saint Jerome in a Cave c.16th century Master L.S. (German, Unknown 15th century) Engraving
The Arch of Marcus Aurelius from the Campus Martius of Ancient Rome c. 1762 Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778) Etching
The Arch of Marcus Aurelius from the Campus Martius of Ancient Rome c. 1762 Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778) Etching
Pace Reperta, c.17th century
Pace Reperta, c.17th century
Animals, c.1654, Theodore van Kessel (Dutch, 1620-1660) after Jan van den Hecke (1620-1684) Etching
Animals, c.1654, Theodore van Kessel (Dutch, 1620-1660) after Jan van den Hecke (1620-1684) Etching

Which of the Items in the Renaissance Gallery Would be of Most Interest to You?

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Hearst Newspaper Gallery

There is an interesting collection of early newspaper equipment in this gallery. All type was set by hand prior to the 1880s. This was very time-consuming!

Ottmar Mergenthaler invented the linotype machine in 1886. The effect of this was to speed up the production of the printed word which greatly affected literacy rates. Take some time to learn about the features of these items on display when taking a tour.

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Hearst Newspaper Gallery - Linotype Machine in ForegroundHearst Newspaper Gallery Hearst Newspaper Gallery...note the headline!Cabinet with drawers holding type in the Hearst Newspaper Gallery Pieces of type in the Hearst Newspaper Gallery Hearst Newspaper Gallery
Hearst Newspaper Gallery - Linotype Machine in Foreground
Hearst Newspaper Gallery - Linotype Machine in Foreground
Hearst Newspaper Gallery
Hearst Newspaper Gallery
Hearst Newspaper Gallery...note the headline!
Hearst Newspaper Gallery...note the headline!
Cabinet with drawers holding type in the Hearst Newspaper Gallery
Cabinet with drawers holding type in the Hearst Newspaper Gallery
Pieces of type in the Hearst Newspaper Gallery
Pieces of type in the Hearst Newspaper Gallery
Hearst Newspaper Gallery
Hearst Newspaper Gallery

See This Linotype Machine in Action at The Printing Museum

20th Century Gallery

In this gallery is a collection of all kinds of business machines, such as typewriters, photocopiers, more printing machines, and an early Macintosh computer.

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Old typewriters on display in this gallery inside of The Printing MuseumAbout typewriters and women's suffrageUnderwood typewriter on display Original Heidelberg Press, West GermanyPrinting PressOld Fotosetter in foreground
Old typewriters on display in this gallery inside of The Printing Museum
Old typewriters on display in this gallery inside of The Printing Museum
About typewriters and women's suffrage
About typewriters and women's suffrage
Underwood typewriter on display
Underwood typewriter on display
Original Heidelberg Press, West Germany
Original Heidelberg Press, West Germany
Printing Press
Printing Press
Old Fotosetter in foreground
Old Fotosetter in foreground

Other Features Within the MPH

  • There is the Texas History Gallery, which honors the first printer in Texas—Samuel Bangs. The newspaper he started in Galveston in 1838 is still in operation there today.
  • There is a Papermaking Studio where classes have been held.
  • A Bookbinder Studio showcases many items of interest.
  • The Printing Museum Theater offers different films of interest to people of all ages.
  • Rooms, hallways, and glassed-in cases showcasing permanent as well as temporary exhibitions.

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Albion Press in the Texas History GalleryOld historic Texas Treasury Notes dated 1838, 1840 & 1846Papermaking StudioBookbinder StudioSome tools used in bookbindingChildren being entertained in the TheaterThe Josef and Anna Drozd Hornak MINIATURE BOOK COLLECTION SELECTIONS OF AMERICANAPurple Gallinule from the Of Birds And Texas The Art of Scott & Stuart Gentling - Temporary ExhibitSpecimens of historic wood type printed by John Horn at Shooting Star Press in Little Rock, Arkansas - Temporary Exhibit
Albion Press in the Texas History Gallery
Albion Press in the Texas History Gallery
Old historic Texas Treasury Notes dated 1838, 1840 & 1846
Old historic Texas Treasury Notes dated 1838, 1840 & 1846
Papermaking Studio
Papermaking Studio
Bookbinder Studio
Bookbinder Studio
Some tools used in bookbinding
Some tools used in bookbinding
Children being entertained in the Theater
Children being entertained in the Theater
The Josef and Anna Drozd Hornak MINIATURE BOOK COLLECTION SELECTIONS OF AMERICANA
The Josef and Anna Drozd Hornak MINIATURE BOOK COLLECTION SELECTIONS OF AMERICANA
Purple Gallinule from the Of Birds And Texas The Art of Scott & Stuart Gentling - Temporary Exhibit
Purple Gallinule from the Of Birds And Texas The Art of Scott & Stuart Gentling - Temporary Exhibit
Specimens of historic wood type printed by John Horn at Shooting Star Press in Little Rock, Arkansas - Temporary Exhibit
Specimens of historic wood type printed by John Horn at Shooting Star Press in Little Rock, Arkansas - Temporary Exhibit

Admission Prices, Address, and Hours

Admission prices are very reasonable for tours. Tours last one hour and are limited to 20 people at one time.

  • Museum members - $5
  • Ages 6 or under - Free
  • Ages 7 to12 - $8
  • Ages 13+ - $10
  • 55+ - $8
  • Active Military and Veterans - $8
  • College Students with ID - $8

The address of The Printing Museum is 1324 W. Clay Street, Houston, Texas 77019. There is free parking in the museum parking lot and nearby streets.

This wheelchair accessible museum is currently open Wednesday–Saturday from 10 A.M to 4 P.M. Starting August 19th to December 29th of 2018 the museum will be open only on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 A.M to 4 P.M. Guided tours are at 11 A.M. and 2 P.M. Other days are available by appointment for groups of ten or more. Call this number for appointments: 713-522-4652, ext. 201 or email: info@printingmuseum.org

Classes, workshops and Girl and Boy Scout Merit Badge Days will be starting in the Fall of 2018. Stay tuned.

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Bust of Benjamin Franklin plus book written by him about his life Houston, Unknown date, Jim Groff, Artist. Assemblage with wood type, found objects, and neon Charles Criner, resident artist and one of the tour guides.Old Star Wheel Press from 1835 used by Charles Criner when he prints his lithographs.Hallway to studios  Gift ShopLarge art piece Martin Waldseemuller Map (facsimile) from the only surviving copy of this map which was the first to name the newly discovered land as "America" after the explorer Amerigo Vespucci.One of  many Miniature Hand-inking Presses on Display
Bust of Benjamin Franklin plus book written by him about his life
Bust of Benjamin Franklin plus book written by him about his life
Houston, Unknown date, Jim Groff, Artist. Assemblage with wood type, found objects, and neon
Houston, Unknown date, Jim Groff, Artist. Assemblage with wood type, found objects, and neon
Charles Criner, resident artist and one of the tour guides.
Charles Criner, resident artist and one of the tour guides.
Old Star Wheel Press from 1835 used by Charles Criner when he prints his lithographs.
Old Star Wheel Press from 1835 used by Charles Criner when he prints his lithographs.
Hallway to studios
Hallway to studios
 Gift Shop
Gift Shop
Large art piece
Large art piece
Martin Waldseemuller Map (facsimile) from the only surviving copy of this map which was the first to name the newly discovered land as "America" after the explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
Martin Waldseemuller Map (facsimile) from the only surviving copy of this map which was the first to name the newly discovered land as "America" after the explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
One of  many Miniature Hand-inking Presses on Display
One of many Miniature Hand-inking Presses on Display

Mural on the Side of The Printing Museum

Questions & Answers

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        11 days ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Robert,

        We have a wide array of wonderful and informative museums in Houston which is not too surprising given our size. We are currently the 4th largest city in the nation but will soon take over that number three spot at our current rate of expansion.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        12 days ago

        This is a surprise that there is such a museum in Houston. It seems Houston is putting a lot of resources into museums.

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        Peggy Woods 

        12 days ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ann,

        I am so pleased that you found our Printing Museum in Houston so interesting. If you did not live so far away you would probably be a regular patron of the place. It is hard to take photos when the items are under glass because of reflections but I did my best. I am glad that you liked getting to see some of them. Obviously, there is so much more to see!

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        Peggy Woods 

        12 days ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Shyron,

        I know that you will be impressed when you get to visit The Printing Museum. Make sure that they are open when you plan your visit since their hours are soon to change.

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        Ann Carr 

        12 days ago from SW England

        This is a wonderful place and I would love to visit, though I doubt I ever will! It's full of so much that 'grabs' me. Anything to do with words, printing, language is right up my alley and I found your photos so inviting.

        Thanks for the information and education, Peggy.

        Ann

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        13 days ago from Texas

        Peggy, I love this! When working for this town's newspaper of record, my editor would say that once you get ink in your blood you will have to write.

        When I make to Houston this is first on my list to see.

        Blessings my friend.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Genna,

        That is the way it used to be done...setting each letter of type by hand. It was a lengthy process to be sure.

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        Genna East 

        2 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        What an interesting article and tour of the history of the printed word. Can you imagine setting up type by hand? I would love to visit this museum...I would spend hours there. Thanks so much Peggy.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Jackie,

        It definitely takes some time to appreciate everything that is on display in The Printing Museum particularly if one is to read all of the historic newspapers, etc. on the walls. Demonstrations of how the Gutenberg Press functions and seeing how things come off of it in printed form is also interesting. The special exhibits also make things interesting for returning visitors.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        2 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

        Oh I would love to visit here! I would want to spend as much time as allowed and soak each one of these items in. Seems people in my crowd want to hurry along and I do hate to be rushed through something so unique and special.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        Glad I could show you a bit of what you might be able to see if you could visit this museum in person. You surely live in a gorgeous part of the world! I still remember fondly the 8 days of vacation we spent there many years ago.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This looks and sounds like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing the interesting photos and information, Peggy. It was very enjoyable to read your article, especially since I will probably never visit the museum in person.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Readmikenow,

        It would seem that I have done my job if it makes you want to visit The Printing Museum. Appreciate your comment.

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        Readmikenow 

        2 weeks ago

        Very well done article. Great pictures and video. Well, you made me want to visit this museum. Enjoyed reading it.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        I am pleased that you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi manatita,

        Our Printing Museum really does have many interesting as well as archival items on display. Hope you come to Houston someday. You would enjoy visiting there.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 weeks ago from UK

        This is an incredibly comprehensive, interesting and well-illustrated article.

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        manatita44 

        2 weeks ago from london

        $8.00 for me. See you in Houston. A bit like a unique kind of archive, this Printing Museum. I like the bust of Benjamin Franklyn.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Mary,

        As a collector of woodblocks, I know that you would enjoy this museum. The next time you visit your friends in Houston you should put it on your list of places to see.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Virginia,

        I agree with you in that history can be fascinating. Thanks for taking a virtual visit to The Printing Museum.

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        Virginia Allain 

        2 weeks ago from Central Florida

        As a retired librarian, this is just the kind of museum I'd enjoy very much. Actually, any history museum fascinates me.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        Hi Peggy, this is another interesting reason to visit Texas. I have some woodblocks from India and Vietnam and am interested to see the other Asian blocks. I love Print and its history so this would be an interesting place to explore.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        I am glad that you enjoyed this look at our Printing Museum in Houston. In high school, I took a typing class. That predated electric typewriters which came after that. Guess we are both of a similar vintage. (Smile)

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        We are indeed fortunate to have this museum located here in Houston. It is so educational and also a fun place to visit. People can watch the Gutenberg Press being used to create a gorgeously illustrated page from the Bible that they can take with them if they wish.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Alexander,

        This Printing Museum is indeed fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to read about it and leave a comment.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        Peggy, This looks like a very interesting museum. I enjoyed looking at the pictures of old newspapers and the old machines. The linotype video was interesting.

        I got a portable typewriter for a graduation present to use in college. I guess that sure ages me.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        I would love to visit this museum and see the Gutenberg press in particular. You’re very fortunate to have a museum of this quality in Houston.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        2 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

        This looks fascinating!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Rajan,

        We are indeed fortunate to have this Printing Museum here in Houston. Thanks for your comment.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        As a history buff, you would definitely enjoy visiting The Printing Museum. It would take many visits to read about all of the collected historical items in this museum. History nerds are welcomed also. Haha!

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Rochelle,

        I am sure that the museum in your area appreciates your efforts in giving school tours. Museums often operate successfully because of their volunteers. You would really appreciate visiting this Printing Museum in Houston given the fact of your dad owning a print shop. Thanks for being the first to comment.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        2 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Very interesting. You are indeed lucky to have such a treasure in Houston. Thanks for sharing information and pictures of these ancient artifacts which not many would have the chance to see.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Yep, I would go there. I guess I'm just a history nerd through and through.

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        Rochelle Frank 

        2 weeks ago from California Gold Country

        I have not been to this museum, but there is a printing museum in Buena Park, Southern California. My dad and his partner owned a small print shop for about 40 years, so I grew up around some of this stuff.

        We also have a print shop at the gold rush museum in our town. When the printer can't do it I sometimes fill in to give school tours there. The smell of printer's ink and kerosene always bring back memories of my earlier days.

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