The National Print Museum was officially opened in 1996 in the former Garrison Chapel of Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin 4. It's mission is to document the history of printing in Ireland, to retain the skills relating to the craft of printing and to create a permanent working exhibition of printing.
The museum has a collection of over 10,000 objects that cover the whole range of printing crafts in Ireland. The collection comprises printing machinery and artefacts, including printing blocks, metal and wooden moveable type, ephemera, photographs, books, pamphlets, periodicals and one banner.
The National Print Museum runs regular workshops in a variety of print-related crafts. Try the Introduction to Letterpress, Printmaking (including Drypoint & Chine Colle, Linocut, Japanese Woodblock and Monotype), Calligraphy, Bookbinding, Artist’s Bookmaking, Batik, Origami, Silk Painting and Card making. and many more. A series of lectures is also organised each year. Check the website for special workshops and temporary exhibitions.
A self-guided visit of the National Print Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions is offered daily to all visitors. The permanent exhibition is interpreted through a number information panels and labels, audio visuals and a booklet. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and print a poster with you.
Self-guided family visitors can explore the Museum’s fun and interactive Education Area. Activities include arts & crafts, alphabet games, activity sheets and a junior library. All activities encourage family interaction, learning and discovery. Staff are on hand if you have questions. Check the website for the Family Fun Days held twice a year. You can also have a birthday party here.
Individuals and groups of 10 people or less - most of the year two public guided tours of the Museum are offered per day
Mon – Fri at 11.30 and 14.30 (excluding Wednesday afternoons) and on Sat & Sun at 15.00.
All groups of 10 or more people are required to pre-book their guided tour.
Facilities include the Press Café, and museum Shop. The Press Café is popular and open to everyone - and has free WiFi.
The research library requires booking in advance.
The ground floor is wheelchair accessible with disabled toilet.
Bus and car parking is free, but limited (note the clamping signs).