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Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Houston: The Printing Museum


The Printing Museum

Discover how themes related to printing—such as access to information, censorship, education, and literacy—are recurrent throughout past centuries, and resonate with similar advances, issues, and concerns that are prevalent in our contemporary digital society. Printing has been, and continues to be, a means for significant social, political and cultural change.


Location

  • 1324 W. Clay Street
  • Houston, Texas
  • 77019

Contact

Hours & Fees

  • Tuesday - Thursday open for Group Tours by appointment. Friday & Saturday open 10AM – 4PM, General Admission and Guided Tours at 11AM and 2PM.
  • GENERAL ADMISSION: $8. Free for members.

Map & Directions

We are located at 1324 W. Clay Street, just south of Allen Parkway between Waugh Drive and Montrose Boulevard.


The selection of objects on display in The Printing Museum’s permanent gallery spaces demonstrate how printing has significantly contributed to the development of civilization-transforming our lives to the present day. The galleries unfold in a broad chronology and illustrate the enduring impact of printing by exploring the intersections of the history, art, and technology. Seminal moments from the past—from the invention of paper and moveable type to the struggle of free press in the early American Republic to important advances in printing technology and publishing in the twentieth-century—highlight how technological and artistic advances often fueled significant historical events throughout the centuries.

Our Texas History Gallery features documents and artifacts related to the complicated history of the settlement of the land that is now the state of Texas from approximately 1820 to 1840. Texas history is told through the life of the state's first printer Samuel Bangs, with an Albion press and a display of the documents and newspapers he printed. Read eyewitness accounts of the struggle for Texas independence, told from both sides of the events.