National Print Museum, Dublin

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The National Print Museum in Dublin collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland. Opened in 1996, the National Print Museum is a place for printers, historians, students and the general public to see and hear how printing developed and brought information, in all its forms, to the world.The Museum is fully accredited under The Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. On exhibit is a representative display of the equipment and artefacts of the rich centuries-old printing heritage. Items include a replica Gutenberg press (on loan from The Tudors TV series) and an original 1916 Proclamation (on loan until 2016) along with a machine (Wharfedale) similar to the one it was printed on. The National Print Museum's activities include guided tours, exhibitions, workshops, outreach, lectures, demonstrations days, and many other special events.
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  • Delicious food, diverse menu, wonderful attention to detail and beautiful presentation. Will likely return before the end of our trip.  more »
  • I visited as a volunteer with Writing Words. The Museum volunteers, who are all experts from the old printing world, brought the museum to life with demonstrations on the machines. They also told ente...  more »
  • Wonderful museum, excellent exhibits, enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable tour guide - couldn't have asked for much more. You really need the tour to understand everything on display. Would have ...  more »
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  • Fascinating insight into the history of printing, and ultimately, its decline. Interesting temporary exhibition of Irish Album covers from the 1960's onwards. Some truly awful artwork, but very nostalgic. Oh, and it's completely free. Voluntary donations welcome.
  • Won't be visiting again. The tour guides are not paid from what I understand.
  • As someone who loves print and typography this was right down my street. Getting up class to the machines is fantastic and the staff are extremely interactive and knowledgeable.
  • One big room full of printing machines. The technologies are so varied that you can easily spend an hour or more admiring them. Great for all ages
  • Very interesting when they're running the printing press demonstrations.

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