Guided Tours

During your guided tour, you will learn of early forms of printing, participate in the hands-on printing of a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible pulled from a replica press, print a copy of the Declaration of Independence on a 19th-century Columbian iron handpress, discover the importance of the Linotype machine, and witness advances in printing and self-publishing that came about in the 20th century. Your tours concludes with a visit to our craft studios, temporary exhibitions and an optional 45-minute film, Harvest of Wisdom.

Beginning January 1, 2015, our Public Printing Tours are scheduled each Wednesday at 10 a.m. and each Saturday at 2 p.m. Reservations are encouraged but not required by calling 713-522-4652.

For the Public Printing Tour, the fee is $7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors and Museum members, $3 for Military & College Students w/ID, and free for children 12 and younger.

For Group Tours, the fee is $7 for Adults and $5 for Seniors. Beginning January 1, 2015, we are pleased to offer Group Tours at no charge for groups of 7 or more children, youth and/or college students, including public and private schools, home school groups, Scouts, non-profit youth organizations, and area colleges and universities. Advanced reservations required. Regular fees for the Silkscreen Option (see below) apply. Please call 713-522-4652 for more information.

Silkscreen Option!
Before concluding the tour in the theater, join Charles Criner in his studio to silkscreen your own t-shirt with a Museum design. This option is an additional $10 to the base tour fee and includes the t-shirt.


Our tours complement a wide range of study, from science and technology to English language arts, from history to fine arts. In order for you and your pupils to gain the most from your visit to the Museum of Printing History, a package of information is available to provide you with everything you need to support the new ideas presented during the tour. We look forward to your visit!

The information package is available as a PDF document.
Please click here to download.

Contents of Information Package:

Preparing for your Visit
Museum Information
Maps & Directions
Pre-Visit Discussions
Pre-Visit Classroom Activities
Museum Activities
Post Visit Activities

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