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THE MUSEUM IS OPEN, WITHOUT APPOINTMENT, ON SUNDAYS AND THURSDAYS, FROM 2 TO 5 PM.
|EXCEPTIONS, SUCH AS HOLIDAY SEASON, PRIVATE FUNCTIONS INVOLVING THE WHOLE MUSEUM, AND INSUFFICIENT VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NOTIFIED, WHEN PRACTICABLE, ON THE HOME PAGE AND THIS PAGE.|
GROUPS OF MORE THAN FOUR ARE REQUESTED TO ADVISE THEIR INTENTION, IF POSSIBLE.
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TOUR GROUPS (e.g. service clubs, school excursions) ARE POSSIBLE AT ANY TIME, BY APPOINTMENT.
VISITORS MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE AND MUST REGISTER IN OUR VISITORS' BOOK.
ENCLOSED FOOTWEAR IS RECOMMENDED. CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED UNLESS CLOSELY SUPERVISED.
The Museum was totally closed from 1998 until 2004, when a limited service was started in part of our (then) new location at Moreland St.
More of the Museum then re-opened for public visits, classes for students of typography and the artists' access studio. It moved temporarily to 133 Cowper St in August 2010 but was closed again in January 2011 for relocation.
MMOP reopened in mid-2011 in a larger modern building on Geelong Road. The Show Room holds about 5% of the collection including traditional letterpress typesetting and presses and examples of more modern systems. The Studio houses the working presses and hot-metal typesetting systems (Linotype and Ludlow Typograph), while much of the collection is still stored awaiting attention.
Visitors are able to see various facets of typesetting and printing, including:
|Waged (Full Fare)||$15.00|
|Personal Tour Guide (individual/family group)||$22.00 per half hour|
The Museum has welcomed groups of interested individuals from many kinds of organisation. These have included schools, seniors, service clubs, employee outings, even a car club or two.
Primary, secondary and tertiary students with "general interests" (as opposed to special interest in typography or printing) also take advantage of our tour program.
See the contact page to enquire.
The fee for group tours is $95 (tour guide for two hours) plus the appropriate admission for each person. There is no exact "cut-off" after two hours - if we're all enjoying it, visitors are welcome to stay on.
The Museum offers a range of educational and practical programs for practitioners and students in related fields.
All programs are designed to show what was involved in earlier ways of printing. Of great interest is the Gutenberg style of composing text with metal types, and the 20th century developments of machine composing (such as the Linotype).
The programs include the popular Graphic Students' Workshop, the Roots of Printing (Professional Development) Workshop and the "Two Days with Letterpress" experience. To read more, go to the Program Index page.
BOOKS PRINTED BY LETTERPRESS (MANY ARE COLLECTORS ITEMS)
POSTERS, POEMS, LEAFLETS AND LIMITED EDITION ITEMS PRODUCED IN OUR ACCESS STUDIO OR SIMILAR FACILITIES ELSEWHERE.
FOUNTS OF METAL (HAND SET) TYPE AND SUNDRIES FOR LETTERPRESS
SAMPLE PACKETS OF HANDSET TYPES:
ALL PACKETS INCLUDE TYPES OF 6 PT AND 72 PT AND OTHER SIZES IN BETWEEN, IN A RANDOM SELECTION OF TYPEFACES.