Adult Learning

Why visit the National Print Museum?

The National Print Museum offers a diverse and exciting range of programmes for adults throughout the year including guided tours, workshops, lectures, and Demonstration Days.


The National Print Museum hosts a variety of exciting art and craft workshops throughout the year such as 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.

Please visit our events calendar to review upcoming workshops or the Shop to book a place. More information on each workshop can be obtained by contacting our Education Officer.



The Museum runs a free lecture series throughout the year, where a number of experts present on a broad range of topics relating to the history and development of printing and associated crafts, contemporary letterpress and printing in relation to important historical events in Ireland.

For information on any upcoming lectures please visit our events calendar.

Demonstration Days

Have you ever seen a museum come to life? Suitable for all ages, a Demonstration Day at the National Print Museum is the perfect opportunity to witness the fascinating traditional craft of letterpress printing in practice as our volunteer active retired printers and typesetters share highlights of and captivating stories about the Museums’ collection and their time in the industry. To get a feel for what you will see and who you will meet at one of our Demonstration Days visit our Collection and Permanent Exhibition page to view one of our many Collection Highlights video shorts.

To find out when our next Demonstration Day is on please visit our events calendar.

Reference Library

The National Print Museum’s reference library is an excellent resource for 3rd level research and project work.  This specialist reference library boosts an impressive and extensive collection of books, pamphlets, journals, periodicals, handbooks, catalogues and newspapers relating to the history, technology and practice of printing, typography, bookmaking, papermaking and other associated crafts.  Also included in the collection are books, items of ephemera and photographs showcasing various styles of printing and print houses of old.  The library has an online searchable catalogue.

Making an appointment

The library is a reference library only and no items may be borrowed or removed from the Museum.  To access the library you can make an appointment by contacting

Prior to your appointment, please provide a list of the items you have identified in the catalogue that would like to access.  A table will be set up with all items ready for you on your arrival and WIFI is available within the Museum.