Between technology and art - Experience type casting, type setting and printing processes first-hand

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The museum´s collection of around 100 working printing machines and presses really brings the history of printing alive.
Druckmaschine im kleinen Drucksall / printing machine
© Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

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Museum for the Printing Arts Leipzig
Nonnenstraße 38
04229 Lipsia


Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

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In today’s information society, museums act as knowledge repositories and thus form a bridge between history and the present day. This is certainly true of the Leipzig Museum of the Printing Arts, where the production of print media can be experienced with all the senses.

A very special experience awaits those who are able to visit the Museum of the Printing Arts in Leipzig. By combining a working print shop and a museum, it provides a close-up view of five hundred years of printing history. In this unique setting, around 100 working machines and presses demonstrate the techniques of copperplate printing, lithography and letterpress. The museum’s four floors are devoted to manual and mechanical typesetting and the various printing processes. A type foundry in full working order shows visitors how lead type is cast either by hand or by machine – a genuine rarity.

Visitors become acquainted with the ‘black art’, as printing has always been known, which is vividly brought to life in this ‘hands-on’ museum whose motto is "see, smell and touch". Guided by the specialist staff, visitors can set lines of text themselves or have various motifs printed on the platen presses as they tour the exhibition. In addition to printing machines, the Leipzig Museum of the Printing Arts has some forty tons of lead type, matrices and steel dies in its collection, for a wide variety of typefaces of European and oriental origin. It also houses a fully equipped bindery where books can be bound by hand.
adults 6 €, students 3 €, children up to 16 years 1,50 €
guided tours: adults and students 2 € (plus admission), children 1,50 €
workshop "type setting and printing": adults and students 2 €, children 1 €

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Horario de apertura

11:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Special opening hours on german holidays such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas.
Closed in 2009: Nov 18th, Dec 23rd until Dec 26th, Dec 31st and Jan 1st 2010 - portal Europeo de exposiciones