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Hamilton Wood Type Museum & Printing Museum

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kluesner2017 wrote a review Jul 2019
Dubuque, Iowa31 contributions9 helpful votes
I have worked around rubber and metal type for about 30 years, did some volunteer work in old historic print shop that use lead, glass, and stone type but I never worked with wood, it is interesting how they made it.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Cindy S wrote a review Jul 2019
Orlando, Florida24 contributions7 helpful votes
I agree with other reviewers that this is a fascinating place to visit. The volunteers were all so friendly and eager to show us around and give demonstrations. The self-guided tour is very informational and educational. The prices in the gift show seemed a bit high but everything offered was of high quality. A day trip to Two Rivers should include this museum.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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FAAMadison wrote a review Jul 2019
Madison, Wisconsin40 contributions9 helpful votes
On the surface, it seems like it might be a little dry, even boring. But the guide and the fascinating history made the small fee charged well worth it! So much stuff! It is a must see.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Les B wrote a review May 2019
Bonne Terre, Missouri117 contributions47 helpful votes
My wife and I loved this place. It tells the story of a little known industry founded in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Wood Type and wood cut illustrations were used in the past to print posters, advertising, and flyers. Banner headlines for newspapers were printed with wood type rather than lead. The Hamilton museum has well over a million examples of wood type, it also displays and explains the processes required to convert maple logs into usable type and printing blocks. On displays are huge saws, sanders, pantographic routers, flat presses, letter presses, linotype machines and of course all the output of those presses. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We were so glad we visited.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Heather K-H wrote a review Feb 2019
Houston, Texas191 contributions66 helpful votes
We arranged a group tour when we were back in WI visiting friends and family. We had 3 kids and 6 adults. It was such a neat tour!!! They have so many different types of printing presses and machines and wood type. They explained the machines and how wood type was made and designed. The gift shops was also fun as the kids were trying to find the wood type of their letters. Friendly staff and a neat treasure to see! In addition to the printing museum, they do have a small room of other really neat old antiques from the original company.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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