It might seem strange to see a Gutenberg Bible page pulled using mid-1400s technology, or
the Declaration of Independence being printed on an authentic 19th-century iron hand-press. At The Printing Museum, where local artists give live demonstrations of real, working artifacts, these sights are almost commonplace. In its mission to preserve and share the history of
written communication, the organization functions as part museum and part interactive classroom. A permanent collection highlights preserved prints and
gear from around the world?from ancient
Mesopotamian clay tablets to Civil War-era
newspapers. This collection even includes a display of equipment and documents belonging to Texas' first printer.
However, the museum's four galleries and
14,000 square feet of space aren't just reserved for
relics. Every year, staff curate 12 rotating exhibits that, in the past, have covered the work of
contemporary printmakers and photographers or explored the evolution of modern printing around the world. Meanwhile, an on-site print shop holds hands-on, all-ages workshops in typography,
paper-making, and other forms of print-based art.