Museum of Printing History
Our latest excursion was certainly down the road less travelled for most Houstonians. Deep into Montrose lies a nondescript building dedicated entirely to the evolution of print. The Museum of Printing History is rarely mentioned on the traditional must-see museum lists of Houston, but it offers a truly interesting and comprehensive guide to how the written word has been circulated by mankind, beginning in Mesopotamia in 3000 B.C.
Opened in 1979, the museum has permanent installments of everything from old printing presses to a first generation Xerox machine. The historical newspapers and ancient texts illustrate how committed to communication our forefathers were. Additionally, rotating exhibits are featured throughout the museum. On our visit, we were pleasantly surprised to find an artist’s work on display as a featured exhibit — we fell in love with the 1950s – 1980s collection by Hungarian, Victor Vasarely. His prints focused on depicting geometric abstraction by manipulating basic patterns and shapes.
We only had time for a brief visit, but we found out the museum also offers classes for those who can’t get enough of the printing world. They focus on bookbinding, papermaking, do-it-yourself monotype, and just anything else you can think of.
The Museum of Printing History is definitely worth the visit for the museum lovers out there. The content contained within these historical documents takes you on a chronological walk through the past, while also showcasing the significance of printing. The museum doesn’t simply outline the advancement in printing technology. We learned that as the effectiveness of printing grew, circulation grew, and this made it possible for ideas to spread. Sharing ideas and building off each other’s past successes gives us limitless possibilities. And in Houston we’re lucky enough to have our very own reminder of this philosophy at the Museum of Printing History.
• Guided tours are led at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Call in advance!
• Tours are $7 for adults, $3 for students and $5 for seniors… Or take a look around by yourself for free!
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1324 W. Clay St., Houston, TX 77019
Free, next to building