Hamilton Wood Type Museum & Printing Museum

Hamilton Wood Type Museum & Printing Museum, Two Rivers: Hours, Address, Hamilton Wood Type Museum & Printing Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Hamilton Wood Type Museum & Printing Museum

Hamilton Wood Type Museum & Printing Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Les B
Bonne Terre, MO117 contributions
Couples
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.
Written May 31, 2019
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Heather K-H
Houston, TX191 contributions
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.
Written February 6, 2019
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TuxieGoldman
Wisconsin19 contributions
Couples
The Hamilton Wood Type Museum is a one of a kind experience for anyone who has an interest in graphic design, advertising art, and print making. It is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. Housed in the factory that was once the nation's largest producer of wood type, the museum has a collection of over 1.5 million pieces in more than 1,000 styles. The museum is free, and if you are lucky enough to hit it on a day when it is offering guided tours, pinch yourself. Your guide will have worked for the Hamilton Manufacturing Company and he will give you an in-depth and informative talk as you make your way around the museum. The museum tour starts with a maple log, and as you walk around the museum, you will see how that log is transformed into wood type.
Written July 9, 2011
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Banky3
Annapolis11 contributions
This was amazing history, it will take you in the past how newspaper printing started with a self guided tour.  The warehouse was very old the original warehouse where the business started.  The tour showed the process starting with the whole tree pieces and then cutting these into small letters.  They have examples of the very small letters that were cut by hand and machine from wood.  These small letters would be set into a printing press for the writing on newspapers.  They also had other equipment that Hamilton made at the factory on the water front.  They still have students learning the process and working on other projects you
Written September 7, 2010
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Janet G
Appleton, WI14 contributions
Family
So enjoyed our guided tour of this little gem of a museum. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and answered an array of questions. The gift shop had so many interesting things as well.
Written January 6, 2018
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stric75
340 contributions
Friends
this museum features the biggest collection of the wood-type in the world. Printers, graphic designers and other history buffs come here from all over the world. Wood-type printing is a dying art and this is quite a place to visit. The staff are very friendly and patient and the museum entry fee is rather inexpensive. If you are passing through this part of the world, stop by and check it out. During the visit make sure you visit the museum-shop that features some really cool wood-type prints that are quite unique.
Written March 31, 2014
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seenitChicago
Chicago106 contributions
Family
What a cool place! This museum is a history lesson on multiple levels and opportunity to see American ingenuity and pride under one roof. There are the thousands of wood letter blocks, the machinery, the museum pieces of all that Hamilton company once produced, and if you plan it right or get lucky (like we did) someone might just show you how the machines work and how the letters are made. During our visit there was also a gallery show of posters from a printing press in Missouri. Additionally there are beautiful posters and t-shrits- all made with wood type- for sale.
A must see if you're in the area.
Written October 26, 2012
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BettyBoop-03
Greenville, TX20 contributions
Couples
There was a lot to look at, but the real interest came when we questioned the volunteer about the Hamilton Company's history.
Written August 9, 2012
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kluesner2017
Dubuque, IA32 contributions
Couples
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.
Written July 28, 2019
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Cindy S
Orlando, FL24 contributions
Family
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.
Written July 18, 2019
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM