The Museum of Printing is moving

the new buildingAfter 13 years at its current location in North Andover the museum is moving to a building along Route 495 — 15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, Mass., to be exact [map]. It will open on September 10, 2016.

The new building better suits the museum’s evolving mission of education, display and exhibition of graphics arts related materials and equipment. It is on a single floor, is fully handicapped accessible and offers dedicated areas for workshops and lectures. It will also be able to expand its role of hosting educational tours of all levels.

“The relocated museum will house a world-class printing and graphics art museum,” said museum President Frank Romano. “There will be more dedicated space for exhibits, events and workshops, two stores — one retail store and a second specifically for letterpress and related equipment.” It will also offer more hands-on exhibits.

An unusual feature of the museum will be that it houses two libraries: one for general browsing of graphic arts books, technical and operating manuals and other literature as well as type specimen books and specialty publications. The second will be the Romano Graphics Arts Library for scholars and researchers, with many rare books and graphic art ephemera. Part of the museum’s collections includes the many original type drawings used to create Linotype and Mergenthaler fonts for letterpress use.

Expanded exhibit space will make the Museum of Printing the largest printing and graphics art museum in the United States and the only one of any size east of the Mississippi River.

The museum will remain open at its current location at 800 Massachusetts Ave. in North Andover, Massachusetts throughout the summer and fall. The new facility will open in September 2016. Currently on exhibit is the Lance Hidy retrospective, the wood cuts of Anna Hogan and Mark Fowler prints.

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