Enter a world of metal and wood. The faint musty scent of old yellowed paper calms the soul, like eucalyptus or lavender would. A temple for those fans of the printed word. The Museum of Printing History - where rooms and exhibits are built around monstrous machines. They must have looked like instruments of torture when they were first constructed (or a really complicated way to make a grilled cheese sandwich). It was eerily silent as none of the presses were in operation this past weekend but it was obvious that all of the presses remain functional. Scattered amongst the historical exhibits, modern cans of oily lubricant and other tools for repair stood out, to make sure the presses were kept on the up and up. Visitors are able to watch a page pulled from the Gutenberg printing press as it had been in 1455.
The museum is free to the public and hidden behind the behemoth Whole Foods Market that was opened a little over a year ago. It was deathly silent inside, only a handful of visitors wandering around. The workshop lights were turned off but visible through the gloom were the modern presses, set up in small industrial classrooms; this was a place of practice. The museum holds classes and workshops sporadically throughout the month on hand papermaking, digital letterpress, linocuts, etc. A hidden gem keeping print making alive and well.