Permanent Collection & Exhibition

The National Print Museum boasts a working collection of over 10,000 objects that represent Ireland’s centuries-old printing heritage and craft.

The layout mirrors that of a print workshop, divided into composing, printing and finishing areas. The collection comprises printing machinery, printing blocks, metal and wooden movable type, ephemera, photographs, books, pamphlets, and periodicals.

Highlights include an original 1916 Proclamation, a Wharfedale Stop Cylinder Press (the type of machine on which the Proclamation was printed), a replica wooden Gutenberg Press, and a Bookbinders’s Union banner.

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

Collection Highlights