The Museum of Printing of North Andover Massachusetts presents the history of printing. It starts introducing typesetting during the 1600’s to the recent evolution to digital printing of the present. It has the largest collection of printing technology, typesetting, printing presses, and bindery equipment. A guided tour with demonstrations gives a comprehensive explanation of the evolution of technology.
The ground floor of the 25,000 square foot facility has a large lobby, two 90-foot galleries, library and four floors of the library’s archival stacks. The second floor has a large meeting room, offices and space for future expansion. The Robert L. Richter Memorial Library was name after one of the people initiating the museum effort.
The collection of printing equipment traces through the printing process, including outmoded equipment. It starts with type composition, hand type, hot metal typesetters, cold composition, phototypesetters, and computer composition. The next stage uses camera/processors and plate making equipment. Its presses ranging from simple hand presses, platen presses, hand fed and automatic fed presses. Paper cutters, folders and misc items are the final finishing stage of the printing process.
Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Adults $8.00, seniors, students and children $5.00
800 Massachusetts Avenue, · North Andover, Massachusetts.
The museum is 1 mile from US 495 with free parking on museum grounds. Local Lawrence Airport is 4 miles west.
North Andover is a town 25 miles north of Boston with population of 28,352. The land was purchased in 1646 from the Penacook Chief Cutshmache for 6 pounds. Thirty miles northwest of North Andover MA is Nashua NH. It is at the junction of the Nashua and Merrimack River. The second largest city in the state has a population of 86,494. Money Magazine named it ‘Best Place to Live in America’, in 1987 and 1997.
Salem New Hampshire is 13 miles northwest of North Andover. Its name was derived from nearby Salem Massachusetts. The town was first settled in 1652, with a current population of 28,776. It is a distribution and marketing center north of Boston, with a large shopping mall and amusement attraction of Canobie Lake Park.
North Andover is a 6 hour drive of 400 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 thruway past the state border into Massachusetts then prior to Boston exit onto US 495 north to Lawrence MA. Then take exit 43 driving south onto Massachusetts Avenue toward North Andover. The Museum of Printing will be on the left when you cross route 133 in 4/10th mile.
The museum tour shows the revolutionary transition that has occurred in printing that has impacted every aspect of our lives.