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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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Description: 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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Unusual small museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

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

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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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

we threw a party here. this venue is perfect for a party as there is plenty of room but at the same time interesting exhibits for guests to view

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This museum is free (donations gladly accepted) for self-guided tours, but I would suggest you pay the small extra fee and arrange to take the tour by the artist-in-residence. On your own, you can view excellent examples of early printing and view a variety of printing presses close up, amongst other things. If you take the tour you will see... More 

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Angleton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Went with a school field trip and the kids had a blast! They got to use the printing presses and take home a copy of the Declaration of Independence that they made themselves and their own screen printed t-shirts. Will definitely go again.

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Westport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We had a fantastic hands-on tour of the Museum of Printing this last Saturday (July 7th). We nearly had the museum to ourselves, and ended up with our own private tour (7 adults and 5 children all under ten) by the artist in residence, who was excellent with the kids. The tour starts out learning about the Gutenberg press and... More 

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