The National Print Museum
When: From 6th Jan to 31st Dec 2013 at 3pm
Where: Garrison Chapel, Beggar’s Bush Barracks,, Haddington Rd, Dublin, Ireland
Every Sunday from 6th Jan to 31st Dec 2013 at 3pm you can join the free public tour of the National Print Museum. The National Print Museum’s mission is to collect, document, preserve, exhibit, interpret and make accessible the material evidence of the printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland.
The Museum was officially opened by the President Mary Robinson in 1996. The National Print Museum has a collection of over 10,000 objects that covers the whole range of the printing craft in Ireland. The collection comprises printing machinery and artefacts including printing blocks, metal and wooden movable types, ephemera, photographs, books, pamphlets, periodicals and one banner. The best pieces of the Museum include: an original 1916 Proclamation (on loan until 2016) along with a Wharfedale Stop Cylinder Press, a machine similar to the one the Proclamation was printed on. The Museum has permanent collections and exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, but there are also travelling exhibitions. There is an important area in the Museum the “Educational Area”. The Education Area is for families on the mezzanine of the Museum. This interactive area is full of fun self-guided art and craft activities and includes a mini printer library. The use of this space is free every day.
The Museum is on two levels. On the ground floor you can find the Reception, Museum Shop, permanent exhibitions, toilets, and Café. On the mezzanine level, you can find the Education Area, lecture and workshop spaces, and temporary exhibitions. Only the ground floor is fully accessible to wheelchairs, prams and buggies via the Café.
Every Sunday you can discover the Museum with a guide, who explains to you technical descriptions and anecdotal tales, through the three core areas of the exhibition – the Compositing Area, the Printing Area and the Finishing Area. A very interesting thing: each visitor can compose and print a poster by hand during the visit.
The National Print Museum is open from Monday to Friday 9.00 – 17.00 and on Saturdays and Sundays 14.00 – 17.00. The Museum is closed during bank holiday weekends.