Collection & Permanent Exhibition

The National Print Museum has a collection of over 10,000 objects that covers the whole range of the printing craft in Ireland. The collection comprises printing machinery and artefacts including printing blocks, metal and wooden movable type, ephemera, photographs, books, pamphlets, periodicals and one banner.

In autumn 2010, the National Print Museum was awarded funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the redevelopment of the permanent exhibition. With its re-designed layout and interpretative material, the story of printing is now more accessible than ever before.

The lay-out mirrors that of a printing workshop with composing, printing and finishing areas. On display is a representative collection of this rich centuries-old printing heritage. Highlights include an original 1916 Proclamation along with a Wharfedale Stop Cylinder Press, the machine similar to that that the Proclamation was printed on.

Due to space constraints only 30% of the collection is on display at the Museum at any given time.


The National Print Museum has an active Collections Policy. It welcomes expressions of interest from members of the public who may have objects or collections that they would like to donate to the Museum. However, it is necessary that any such objects and collections align with the goals of the Museum and are suitable for addition to the Museum’s Collection. Consequently we ask that this Acquisition Submission Form be completed in full in order that the Curatorial Committee of the Museum can assess proposed submissions. [The form can be downloaded and filled in using the “Fill & sign” option within Adobe or it can be printed and completed/ Return details are included within the document].


Collection Highlights

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