National Print Museum
National Print Museum
In now days, when technology is improving so quickly, and we are so modern, the printing process is very easy- we can print whatever we want simply by just pressing one button. We can have the black and white, or color printing just in minutes.
Years ago, printing wasn’t an easy process- every single letter had picked from printers’ trays and each word spelt backwards so that when printed on the paper, it would read correctly. All work was carried out by so called compositors.
Printing in Ireland arrived in 1551, when first book “The Boke of Commom Praier” was printed.
National Print Museum founded in 1985, when the new technology and computers were pushing out the old stuff out, boasts lots of attractions for all family: guided tours, workshops, demonstrations and family events.
There is an informative and interesting short introductory film showing the work in the print industry explaining museum’s various printing presses. You’ll feel very friendly and warm atmosphere, plus you’ll be able to print out a special, your wanted poster using one of the presses, which could be a brilliant gift idea for your child or relative. A permanent exhibition and collection features 10,000 objects of the printing craft in Ireland: fascinating machinery from several centuries, types, pen- ruling machine, used to line thousands of children’s books, metal and wooden moveable type, ephemera, photographs, books, pamphlets, periodicals and a unique in its design exhibit, that grabs everyone’s attention- bookbinders’ banner from 1887 and much more. The museum has also temporary exhibitions and exhibition of Irish political life. A must to mention, the National Print Museum remains a copy of the 1916 declaration to complement their machine of the same type, used for printing.
Absolutely a number one Dublin attraction, for graphic designers, printmakers, people into print industry or for print enthusiasts, who want to learn the history of printing in Ireland. The visit will make you realize how far we have come since the first book was printed in the world in 1455, and in what a modern world we all live now…
Tip: free guided tours every Sun (except Bank Holiday Weekends) at 3.00pm. No booking needed.