Typeface Museums?

Fournier's picture

I'd like to start a topic about museums dedicated to typefaces.
Many typeface museums were originally foundries.
Share with us your experience and opinion of such museums.
Let's draw a map of these establishments.

1. Which typeface museums do you recommend from your perspective?
2. What are the must-see in that field?

Fournier's picture

Thanks Hrant for a first feedback.
I read that many type museums are closed: see Enschédé Museum in Haarlem, Netherlands, and the Stephenson Blake Museum in Shef­field. Any thoughts?


Fournier's picture

Can you please draw a list of important European museums related to type?

nina's picture

Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp

And in the US, Hamilton (god do I want to go)

Germany has Klingspor and Gutenberg Musea

If you count printing musea, there are quite a few of those in various countries. For instance Basel has the Swiss museum for paper, writing and printing, in an old paper mill:
And during ATypI Dublin we visited the Irish Printing museum:

Fournier's picture

Thanks Nina.
I know the Plantin-Moretus museum which is the living memory of the Renaissance.
It's a magnificent place with priceless collections.
I also visited the Klinspor museum and had access to the archives.

I'm planning to go to the Bodoni Museum in Parma. Any thoughts?

eliason's picture

There's also Tipoteca Italiana.

Maxim Zhukov's picture

What about Venice [city/region]? Any printing/book museums there?

hrant's picture

Ah, there's the small but quite unique one on its Armenian island of San Lazzaro.



Today, learn about the Armenian Genocide.

jasonc's picture

If anyone's planning to visit the Museum of Printing in No Andover, MA:
soon would be a great time. Today (April 25) they are opening a show of Lance Hidy's work. Lance is a great poster and stamp designer, who once worked in the Type dept. at Adobe.

Jason C

William Berkson's picture

I'll put in a plug for the Museum of Printing in Andover also. I was really astonished to learn there that the turmoil of the past 50 years in type—hot metal to film to digital and then added screen—has been going on since the early 19th century. Huge changes have happened regularly, with machinery and even professions being outmoded regularly. The Museum of Printing also houses the over 300,000 drawings from Linotype in the hot metal and pantographic punch cut days, which are fascinating.

5star's picture

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum


Mark Simonson's picture

(sorry, posted a repeat)

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