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“Fun Tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hatch Show Print

Hatch Show Print
224 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown Nashville)
615 256 2805
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: If you follow Southern music, art and culture, from the Delta blues to honky-tonk heroes, you've no doubt seen the unmistakable look of a promotional poster made by Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. Located in a historic building at 316 Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print has produced posters for performers ranging from B.B. King to Dolly Parton.
Richmond, Virginia
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“Fun Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Last summer we visited Hatch Show Print in their Broadway store. It has since relocated to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The space is larger and new, but the vintage charm is still alive with the same wall of wooden block letters that defined the Broadway location. The tour begins in the print shop, where the guides explain the history and the production process. You can't walk around the production area, but there is still plenty to see from presses to posters. The second half of the tour is in the classroom. The room is lined with walls of Hatch Show prints, making it a visual feast. We learned more details about the printing process in the classroom, and saw examples of vintage and new posters. At the end, everyone had the opportunity to press their own keepsake poster from a preset design.

The retail store has a wide selection of prints for sale, as well as cards, t-shirts, and other souvenirs. The Hatch Show Print gallery in the same wing is also worth a stop. When I initially found out that Hatch Show Print had moved from its Broadway location, I was disappointed. The new Hall of Fame location allows visitors more opportunities to appreciate the history and artistry behind the prints.

Visited August 2014
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“The Best Part of Our Trip to Nashville”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My girlfriend and I spent a week in Nashville, and this was by far our favorite visit of the trip. If you love art, local history, museums or music, you’ll find something to love at Hatch Show Print. The shop itself is free to visit, and you can see the working studio through large glass windows, but I recommend taking the tour as well (~$15) which gets you inside the studio for a guided tour covering the history of the shop as well as a bit of Nashville musical and cultural history. The tour guides were very personable and knowledgeable about letterpress printing, and will even guide you through making your own print. This tour had a little bit of everything; supporting the arts, seeing a ton of great music themed art and taking home a little something. Absolutely loved it!

Visited August 2014
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Monroe, Wisconsin
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“Cool tour, wish it was longer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Tour was fun and definitely enjoyed learning about the history. Daughter also enjoyed making a letterpress poster. Enjoyed seeing all the old artwork around. Must see nashville staple.

Visited August 2014
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Mt. Airy NC
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“Interesting.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We didn't do the tour. We visited the store inside the hall of fame. It was nice to look around. We watched through the class as a couple people made posters. I wouldn't go of my way to visit.

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Portland, Oregon
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“Classic Printing Technology”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We had a tour of Hatch, including a presentation on the letter press techniques they use to print music posters and other types of printed materials. We had the opportunity to use a demo printer, and Hatch has an excellent gift shop.

Visited August 2014
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