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Melbourne Museum of Printing
Australia's working and teaching museum of typography and printing located at Footscray, Victoria. Specialising in retention of traditional printing, both the equipment and the knowledge.
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266 GEELONG ROAD, WEST FOOTSCRAY
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Heritage of Printing, Publishing, Packaging, Paper

THE VISITORS' PAGE

INCLUDING GUIDED TOURS FOR GROUPS

Explore the Craft of Printing

General Admission

for Trains, Buses, Parking, Map, contact details

see the contact page.


OPENING TIMES

THE MUSEUM IS OPEN ON SUNDAYS AND THURSDAYS, FROM 2 TO 5 PM.

TOUR GROUPS (e.g. service clubs, school excursions) ARE POSSIBLE AT ANY TIME, BY APPOINTMENT.

EXCEPTIONS, SUCH AS HOLIDAY SEASON, PRIVATE FUNCTIONS INVOLVING THE WHOLE MUSEUM, AND INSUFFICIENT VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NOTIFIED, WHEN PRACTICABLE, ON THE HOME PAGE AND THIS PAGE.

VISITORS MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE AND MUST REGISTER IN OUR VISITORS' BOOK.

ENCLOSED FOOTWEAR IS RECOMMENDED. CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED UNLESS CLOSELY SUPERVISED.

N.B.: UNEXPECTED CLOSURE:

SUNDAY 2 MARCH 2014

THE POWER IS OFF ! !

THE POWER COMPANY HAS ADVISED THERE WILL BE

NO SUPPLY ON THIS DAY, SO

M.M.O.P. WILL BE CLOSED.

GROUP TOURS

SCHOOL GROUPS AND CITIZENS' CLUB GROUPS WELCOME BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, USUALLY ON NON-PUBLIC DAYS. SEE TOUR GROUPS, BELOW.

HISTORICAL NOTES

The Museum was totally closed from 1998 until 2004, when a limited service was started in part of our (then) new location at Moreland St.

More of the Museum then re-opened for public visits, classes for students of typography and the artist's access studio.

The Museum moved temporarily to 133 Cowper St in August 2010 but was closed again in January 2011 due to relocation to West Footscray. Getting the Show Room into a reasonable state for the public is still "a work in progress".

What you can see

Visitors are able to see various facets of typesetting and printing, including:

  • Gutenberg's invention of movable types,
  • Typesetting (by hand) with movable types,
  • Linotype machine (hot metal composition),
  • Ludlow machine (hot metal for large or fancy type),
  • Poster types (usu. wood) for large lettering,
  • engravings needed to print an illustration,
  • stereotypes (duplicates of typesettings),
  • the hand press as used by early printers,
  • the cylinder press (more modern process),
  • posters, books and other works printed in our studio by visiting artists,
  • books in our Library of Books as Artefacts, where the interest is not "Who wrote it?" but "Who printed it, and how?",
  • examples from our archival collections of thousands of artefacts and documents, illustrating the day-to-day work of the printing trade, and
  • a slide show on traditional printing and the Museum's collections and programs.

ADMISSION PRICES

From December 2012. (subject to variation)
Waged (Full Fare)$10.00
Unwaged (Concession)make an offer
Tour Guide (individual/small group)$35.00 per half hour


TOUR GROUPS

The Museum has welcomed groups of interested individuals from many kinds of organisation. These have included schools, seniors, service clubs, employee outings, even a car club or two.

Primary, secondary and tertiary students with "general interests" (as opposed to special interest in typography or printing) also take advantage of our tour program.

The fee for group tours is $95 (tour guide for two hours) plus the appropriate admission for each person. There is no exact "cut-off" after two hours - if we're all enjoying it, visitors are welcome to stay on.


OTHER PROGRAMS

The Museum offers a range of educational and practical programs for practitioners and students in related fields.

All programs are designed to show what was involved in earlier ways of printing. Of great interest is the Gutenberg style of composing text with metal types, and the 20th century developments of machine composing (such as the Linotype).

The programs include the popular Graphic Students' Workshop, the Roots of Printing (Professional Development) Workshop and the "Two Days with Letterpress" experience. To read more, go to the Program Index page.


THE MUSEUM SHOP

BOOKS ABOUT PRINTING AND TYPOGRAPHY

BOOKS PRINTED BY LETTERPRESS (MANY ARE COLLECTORS ITEMS)

POSTERS, POEMS, LEAFLETS AND LIMITED EDITION ITEMS PRODUCED IN OUR ACCESS STUDIO OR SIMILAR FACILITIES ELSEWHERE.

SAMPLE PACKETS OF HANDSET TYPES:

ALL PACKETS INCLUDE TYPES OF 6 PT AND 72 PT AND OTHER SIZES IN BETWEEN, IN A RANDOM SELECTION OF TYPEFACES. AN IDENTIFICATION CHART IS INCLUDED.

MUSEUM SHOP INFO PAGE


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