The Printing Museum

Houston, TX

Where are we going?

The Printing Museum
1324 West Clay Street

713 522 4652

What is there to do?

Located in the vibrant North Montrose District of Houston, The Printing Museum is home to permanent and temporary exhibitions, that explore not only the history of printing through the ages, but the various types of printing you can find! 

The collections showcase moments in history, from the invention of paper to the struggle for free press, to important advances in publishing in the 20th century.

Throughout your experience, you can witness how each successive technological innovation was instrumental in leading to a greater exchange of information, and thus a more literate society!

You can explore manuscripts created by scribes and monks in the Middle Ages, including Ancient Papyrus Fragments from 350 BCE. The Renaissance Gallery showcases the rapid spread of information made possible by the printing press, and there is even a gallery on the importance of American free press. Keep an eye out for the Original Pennsylvania Gazette published by Benjamin Franklin in 1765!

Pretty amazing!

Also at The Printing Museum is the Hearst Newspaper Gallery with early newspaper equipment, as well as a Hall of Historic Headlines dating right back to the 1610s! Kids can come face to face with history as they see newspapers announcing the sinking of the Titanic, the 1929 Stock Market Crash, and even the 1969 Moon Landing!

Along with the permanent exhibitions, The Printing Museum is alive with exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations. In the galleries and working studios, they demonstrate the traditional processes of stone lithography, letterpress printing, papermaking, and bookbinding.

A history-filled day out for the entire family, it's the wonderful world of printing come to life, and you have a front row seat!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $5. ($10 for guided tours)

Children: $5. ($8 for guided tours, ages 7 to 12)

Free Under: 6 years for guided tours


Need a little extra help?

The building and facilities are wheelchair accessible.


When can we go?

Open 10am - 4pm Friday & Saturday. (Tuesday to Thursday for guided tours by appointment only)

Open year round, closed Sunday to Tuesday, as well as New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, Christmas Day


Any top tips?

Guided tours run at 11am and 2pm on the days the museum is open!

I’m Hungry!

There are several dining options, some within a comfortable walk from the Museum, are available along Waugh Drive - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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