The International Printing Museum - Atlas Obscura

Carson, California

The International Printing Museum

The world's largest collection of vintage printing machinery.

Step back in time and explore one of the world's largest collections of antique printing machinery, including floor and table model iron, proof, and clamshell presses, typewriters, and Unitype and typography machines. Some are so rare and unique that Hollywood has used them in period films and TV shows.

The event will begin with an introduction to the museum and the history of printing. We will have to opportunity to view many of the machines in action, as we hear detailed accounts of each apparatus. Then, we will learn to print with various methods of inking, pressing, and rolling, and listen to the rattle of a real working linotype machine (operated, of course, by a professional). Everyone will go home with a handful of self printed materials which may include cards, prints, posters, postcards, and bookmarks. Furthermore, everyone will get a souvenir slug, with their name cast in metal, from the antique Linotype and Ludlow machines.

Stick around afterwards to explore the museum more in-depth on your own, and consider staying for the museum's 3pm screening of the Argentinian documentary "Endless Letterpress."


  • Your ticket includes admission to the museum, guided tour, printing demonstration/workshop, and a special custom keepsake!
  • Be prepared to stand and walk for at least an hour.
  • Casual attire recommended for the hands-on portion, which involves ink and other potential messy material.
  • Family friendly! All ages are welcome.
  • Plenty of free parking in the lot and on the street.


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