Everything you ever wanted to know about printing, from ancient books, to early printing presses, on through the first Xerox machines! There are vintage printing presses that are used to demonstrate historical printing techniques, such as how documents were printed in colonial times. The Museum offers classes on printing, papermaking and bookbinding, too.
There are traveling and rotating exhibitions of fine art prints, rare books and manuscripts, and artifacts. One of my favorites of the permanent exhibits is the miniature book collection. True miniature books do not exceed three inches in length, and the detail and beauty of these small wonders must be seen to be appreciated. There are also colorful illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and much more.
The Museum will customize tours for groups, or just come and explore on your own.
The Museum features artifacts such as:
- Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals
- Ancient Papyrus Fragments
- Asian Movable Type & early Asian Printing
- Illuminated Manuscripts
- 1450 Gutenberg Press Replica
- Old Master Etchings & Engravings
- Ben Franklin’s “Pennsylvania Gazette”
- Historical Newspapers
- Documents printed by Samuel Bangs, first printer in Texas, with one of his presses
- 1830 Star-wheel Oak Lithography Press
- Letterpress & Type Collection
- Antique Bookbinding Equipment
Museum of Printing History
1324 W. Clay at Waugh, Houston, Texas
Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Admission: Free. Guided tours are available for $4 (Adults) and $2 (Students and Seniors). Call to schedule tours.
From the intersection of Westheimer and Montrose, go west on Westheimer to Waugh. Turn right on Waugh, past West Gray, to West Clay. Turn right on West Clay. There is free parking in the lot next to the museum, in the lot across the street and on the street.