Museum of Typography

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Unique in Greece, the Museum of Typography is dedicated to the art that changed the course of history. The Greek word “τυπογραφία” means both typography and printing and the museum itself involves both arts. It is located near Chania, at the the Industrial Park of Souda and consists of two large wings and three individual halls covering an area of approximately 1,200 s.m.

Founders of the museum are Yannis and Eleni Garedakis, owners and founders of the local newspaper “Haniotika Nea”. The museum started as a small private collection, next to the newspaper’s printing facilities, and first opened its doors to the public in 2005.

A few years later, in 2012 a new wing was added and in 2015 another hall was inaugurated, with rare editions (16th – 19th century) that connect the history of printing to the local history of Crete.

Since 2012 Typography Museum is a member of the Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM).

In 2016 the Museum of Typography had the honor to be nominated for the distinguished prize “European Museum of the Year Award 2016“, (EMYA 2016) awarded by the European museum Forum (EMF), under the auspices of the Council of Europe.

The Museum of Typography is a modern and unique museum  that presents to all guests the history of printing and typesetting. Through the interactive  tour, guests come to understand the course of typography from middle ages up to the present days. During the tour all visitors are encouraged to print at printing presses of the 19th century.

Alongside, the museum organises and hosts cultural events all year long, such as conferences, book presentations, theatrical plays, musical events, and an annual international poster contest about typography.

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Making history:
collections, collectors and the cultural role of printing museums