The National Print Museum
The National Print Museum is a Dublin museum dedicated to the craft of printing in Ireland. Located on Haddington Road, the museum offers free entry and is a must visit for any visitor interested in the history of the print industry in Ireland.
The museum have ensured younger visitors are welcome too, with a series of interactive activities like stamping and poster creation. There’s something really fun about creating your own Wanted Poster!
I was struck by the wonderful sense of preservation in this building, with decades old print presses beautifully restored and maintained. Located in the old Garrison Chapel in Beggars Bush Barracks, the building gives a real sense of authenticity and history. You can also see a working replica of a Otley Wharfendale Print Press – the same machine used in printing the Irish Proclamation. A replica of the document is on display at the museum, showing the same obvious technical imperfections as the original Proclamation – understandable given the dangers, stress and time constraints that those printing the document were under!.
As part of the 1916 Centenary, visitors can browse a concentration of documents, posters, letters and displays dedicated to the 1916 Rising. It makes for fascinating reading and is a real window to the past.
This museum will appeal to many visitors, particularly those with an interest in 1916. Anyone who likes machinery will love the close up inspections possible on the printing presses. Well worth a visit and check their web site for events and kids activities.
National Print Museum
Beggars Bush Barracks,
T: +353 1 660 3770