The Museum of Printing, formally based in North Andover, Massachusetts, today announced they have secured a new site and will soon begin the process of moving its contents. After 13 years at its current location the museum is moving to Haverhill, MA, along Route 495, north of Boston in the Merrimack Valley. For more information, go to museumofprinting.org.
The new building better suits the museum’s evolving mission of education, preservation, and exhibition of graphics arts materials and equipment. The new facility is also on a single floor, fully handicapped accessible, with dedicated areas for workshops and lectures. The Museum will also expand its role of hosting educational events
“The relocated facility will house a world class printing and graphic arts library and museum,” said President Frank Romano. “There will be more dedicated space for exhibits, events, and workshops, plus stores for letterpress and related equipment. It will also offer more interactive exhibits.”
Two Libraries in One
A unique feature of the museum will be that it will house two libraries; one for general reference of typographic books, type specimen books, and specialty publications. The second will be the Romano Graphics Arts Library for scholars and researchers with over 5,000 books, many rare, plus extensive graphic arts ephemera. Part of the Museum’s collections includes the original type drawings used to create US Linotype fonts.
“The Museum of Printing has existed for 37 years with no endowment. A passionate group of members and volunteers has made this possible. Expanded exhibit space will make the Museum/Library the largest printing and graphics arts museum in the world and the only one with a collection of phototypesetting machines and documentation,” said Executive Director and founder Kim Pickard.
The museum will remain open at its current location in North Andover, MA throughout the summer and fall of 2015. The new facility will open in early summer, 2016. Currently on exhibit is the Lance Hidy retrospective, the Anna Hogan wood cuts, and a collection of Mark Fowler prints. A major fundraising program will be inaugurated to upgrade the facility and tailor it to the Museum’s needs.