The first Museum of Typography in Greece is located in Chania, Crete, in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. It is a private initiative by Yannis Garedakis, founder of the newspaper “Haniotika nea”, with the support of his wife Eleni. He has been collecting, for more than thirty years, machines and other exhibits that mark the evolution of European typography.
Since it’s opening in 2005 to this day, the museum has continuously enriched it’s collections, widened it’s field of interest and expanded it’s premises to cover every aspect of the art that was born in the 15th century in Gutenberg’s workshop and literally changed the course of history.
The Museum of Typography started its operation as a small private collection, next to the printing facilities of the newspaper “Haniotika nea”, to which it belonged until 2015.
In April 2012, it was expanded to a new wing with exhibits related to the evolution of the graphic arts as well as two special exhibitions related to the evolution of typography and the history of writing.
In 2015 another exhibition room with rare publications (16th – 19th century) that connect the history of printing to the local history of Crete was added and today the Museum is developed in two large wings, two exhibition rooms, its remarkable library, a bright amphitheater with a capacity of 80 seats, a museum shop and a coffee shop, covering a total area of approximately 1,200 sq.m.
The Museum is a member of the Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM), of the International Association of Printing Museums (IAPM) and of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH), a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.
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. The winning posters are presented at a poster exhibition, at the amphitheatre of the museum, for a year.
As an avid printer & book binder, this museum has been phenomenal!
Wonderful! Lets keep typography alive!
An incredible find in Hania- very unexpected! Such a great museum!
What a wonderful museum. It's a true pleasure to be guided through the exhibits and have a personal touch to learning the history of typography.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful collection, best exhibition and subject matter i have been to for so very long time. Beautifully displayed with great care and thought.
A beautiful collection of machines and type and everything.
Thank you for the amazing tour of your beautiful museum. As someone who started during the time of traditional presses and typography, it was an incredible experience to relive my roots.
It was a "dive" in an magical world. Lets keep loving paper and print. Thank you for the experience!
Outstanding. I will return.
The most amazing thing about this incredible Museum is the love and dedication of people who work here manifest. It was a truly delightful experience. I am sure I will come back.
One of the best museums I have ever been! Amazing try to recreate, explain and revive the story of typography.
Un model pour tous les musees de l' imprimerie du monde ! Y compris celui d' Anvers !!!
Very interesting and unique. I hope that many others may find this visit on their travels to the wonderful island of Crete.
Awesome museum! Its one of our main destinations on our 1 month trip in Greece and we came all the way from Indonesia. We love typography. Thanks for having us here.
A very interesting visit. A great collection.
A well conceived and wonderfully arranged museum. Exciting experience.
This place is better than Disneyland!
An excellent collection with amazing insight into the history of Typography and writing. Amazing experience! Congratulate the personnel in the excellent maintenance of historical artefacts.