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.
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.
A beautiful collection of machines and type and everything.
A very interesting visit. A great collection.
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.
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.
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.
Outstanding. I will return.
It was a "dive" in an magical world. Lets keep loving paper and print. Thank you for the experience!
One of the best museums I have ever been! Amazing try to recreate, explain and revive the story of typography.
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.
Un model pour tous les musees de l' imprimerie du monde ! Y compris celui d' Anvers !!!
This place is better than Disneyland!
As an avid printer & book binder, this museum has been phenomenal!
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.
A well conceived and wonderfully arranged museum. Exciting experience.
Very interesting and unique. I hope that many others may find this visit on their travels to the wonderful island of Crete.
Wonderful! Lets keep typography alive!