National Print Museum

Coordinates: 53°20′08″N 6°14′05″W / 53.3355°N 6.2346°W / 53.3355; -6.2346
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National Print Museum
Músaem Náisiúnta Cló
Interior of museum
National Print Museum is located in Dublin
National Print Museum
Location within Dublin
National Print Museum is located in Ireland
National Print Museum
National Print Museum (Ireland)
LocationGarrison Chapel, Beggar's Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland
Coordinates53°20′08″N 6°14′05″W / 53.3355°N 6.2346°W / 53.3355; -6.2346
Collection size10,000
ChairpersonBarry Lyons
CuratorSeán Sills
OwnerNational Print Museum Ltd.
Public transit accessGrand Canal Dock railway station
Northumberland Road bus stop (Dublin Bus routes 4, 7, 8)

The National Print Museum in Beggar's Bush, Dublin, Ireland, collects, and exhibits a representative selection of printing equipment, and samples of print, and fosters associated skills of the printing craft in Ireland. It was opened in 1996.

Mission and accreditation[edit]

The mission of the museum is to collect, document, preserve, exhibit, interpret and make accessible the material evidence of printing craft, and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland. It aims to ensure that printers, historians, students and the general public can explore how printing developed and brought information, in all its forms, to the world.

The museum is fully accredited under The Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.[1]

Collection and exhibits[edit]

Exhibition in National Print Museum

The museum holds over 10,000 items including printing machinery, printing blocks, metal and wooden moveable type, ephemera, photographs, books, pamphlets and periodicals.

On exhibit is a representative display of the equipment and artefacts of the rich centuries-old printing heritage, including a replica Gutenberg press (on loan from The Tudors TV series). There was also an original 1916 Proclamation (on loan until 2016) along with a machine (Wharfedale) similar to the one it was printed on.


The museum has two floors, with a shop, a cafe at the rear, and a children's corner upstairs.


The National Print Museum's activities include guided tours, exhibitions, workshops, outreach, lectures and demonstration days. Workshops focus on print-related crafts such as calligraphy, actual printmaking, and batik.


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