The invention of print changed the world, its impact has shaped our histories and its contemporary relevance is greater than ever before. Discover the world of printing at The National Print Museum. The museum was founded by members of the print industry, spearheaded by Sean Galavan and opened in 1996 at the Office of Public Works’ Garrison Chapel in Beggars Bush Barracks. It is a unique museum, the only one of its kind in Ireland. There are over 10,000 objects in the collection relating to the printing craft in Ireland. The collection comprises printing machinery and artefacts including printing blocks, movable type, ephemera, photographs, books, pamphlets and more.
The lay-out mirrors a printing workshop with composing, printing and finishing areas. The panel of retired printers and compositors, who founded the museum, continue to play a vital role in preserving the collection and the craft. A major challenge is preserving their knowledge and skills, and passing these on to future generations. The Education Department is committed to providing a wide range of socially-inclusive opportunities for the discovery and enjoyment of Ireland’s printing heritage.