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Museum of Printing History

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Address: 1324 West Clay Street, Houston, TX 77019
Phone Number: 713-522-4652
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A unique book store with an international reputation among collectors,...

A unique book store with an international reputation among collectors, Detering Book Gallery sells rare and out of print books as well as regular used stock.

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A great little museum with active studios. We enjoyed strolling through the museum and seeing the machines used throughout the years. The best part was the museum gift shop. I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Mobile, Alabama

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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great little museum with active studios. We enjoyed strolling through the museum and seeing the machines used throughout the years. The best part was the museum gift shop. I was able to purchase a colored print and signed by Charles Dickenson's great grandson! Amazing!

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is a hidden gem most people in Houston don't know about. The tour guide was fantastic with the kids and really kept them interested. Its a small museum but no admission fee.

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

very enlightening and a must see, it is free and a lot of info about how printing used to be done. Lot of machines, antique stuff. In the same building there is a chocolate shop, we got lots of chocolates there!

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Laytonsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This museum provides a unique history lesson. Though it's about printing, it's impossible to ignore the content and context of the printing on display. The small museum is simply dense with info. Most exhibits were a window into another time- thus emphasizing the impact of the printed word. What a treasure/art form we are leaving behind as the digital age... More 

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Thank PapalBull
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We have been to this museum a number of times to see various special exhibits they have hosted. Some of these have been very good, such as the photographs of Marvin Zindler, or prints of the birds of Texas, etc. They also have some informative exhibits of printing technology and art but we have returned for the special exhibits. This... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Not too many people know about Houston's Printing Museum. Formerly the Museum of Printing History and recently rebranded, if you like museums or books or history or any combination of the three, treat yourself and visit the museum. They often hold events concerning printing which you an find on their website. Kids are particularly proud when they get their own... More 

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Richmond, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Get to do a Hands-on printing on a replica of a Gutenberg press. The video was extremely informative and should be incorporated in schools as to just how critical the ability to read is and has been to civilization .

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Though hard to find this little specialized museum is well worth the search and about 2 hours of tourist time. Exhibits include a copy the Gutenberg press and a chronology (from an American perspective of course) of how printing permitted humankind to "grow up" and think for itself, uninfluenced by the prejudices of others (such as the established church or... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

On my tour through this great museum, there was a pictorial exhibit of early Marvin Zindler's life. Some of the photos were just jumping off the wall & you could tell there was a really great story there.

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I don't hear much about the Museum of Printing History, so it's a pleasant surprise. The museum usually has a combination of a special exhibit, permanent collection of printing equipment and printed materials, and sometimes active printing artists and craftsmen. I would have expected it to be a tiny museum, but when there is a special exhibit, I can easily... More 

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