The Printing Museum is PRESSING ON! After 16 months of post-fire recovery work and TONS of strategic and institurional planning, we are now open for tours by appointment only. We will re-open on January 25, 2018 — look for updates here, on our Facebook page, and/or our e-newsletter!
Our gift shop & Administrative offices are open 10am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday.
The Museum of Printing History was founded in 1979 by Raoul Beasley, Vernon P. Hearn, Don Piercy, and J. V. Burnham, four printers with passions for preserving their vast collections and sharing them with the community. The Museum was chartered in 1981 and had its official opening in 1982 with Dr. Hans Halaby, Director of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, cutting the ribbon. In 2012, the Museum rebranded as The Printing Museum.
The Printing Museum demonstrates the enduring impact of printing by exploring the intersections of the history, art, and technology of the craft.
Through innovative, dynamic, and hands-on programming, The Printing Museum seeks to engage the public in the interpretation of its permanent collection. The museum strives to empower individuals and society by encouraging creative self-expression, as well as critical discourse and debate, and by providing for the exploration of how print and digital media work in tandem to influence our present-day lives.
Featured in the July 2006 issue of Texas Highways, the Museum was described as “a honeycomb of intimate gallery spaces…with a stunning collection of objects and artifacts devoted to the history, science, and art of printing.” The portrait of the Museum concludes with the observation that “printed text may be taken for granted these days, but a visit to the [The Printing Museum] somehow makes it seem magical once again.”
The Printing Museum wishes to thank the following foundations, corporations and individuals for their generous support:
- The Brown Foundation, Inc.
- Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation
- Penny Cerling and Jeff Skarda
- Chevron Foundation
- City of Houston, through a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance
- Clampitt Paper
- ExxonMobil Foundation
- George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
- The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
- Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
- The Houston Chronicle
- Houston Endowment
- Humanities Texas
- Michele and Paul Isherwood
- Kinder Morgan Foundation
- Mid-America Arts Alliance
- Arish Rustomji
- Shell Oil Company
- Spindletop Design
- The Wortham Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors
John Earles , Workhorse Printmakers
Chair Emeritus: Thomas B. Eaton, Jr. , Eaton Manufacturing
1st Vice-Chair: April Lykos , Shop the Symphony
2nd Vice-Chair: Thomas Hull , Rigsby Hull
Secretary: Brian Hodge , Musiqa
Treasurer: Ian E. McCutcheon, M.D. , MD Anderson Cancer Center
Fred Armstrong , Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty
Wea Lee , Southern Newspaper Group
William C. Blackwood , Community Volunteer
Karen Burke , Texas Monthly Magazine; Junior League of Houston Outside Board Representative
Shannon Chapin , The Houston Chronicle
Martha Justice , Community Volunteer
Anita Kiperman , Lecturer Emeritus, Rice University
Gene McDavid , The Houston Chronicle
Frank Romano , Rochester Institute of Technology, Professor Emeritus
Jerry J. Waite, Ed.D, , University of Houston
Richard O. Wilson , Engineer
Margrit Young-Zellweger , Honorary Consul, Consulate of Switzerland