Museum of Typography


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 in 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.

The “soul” of the museum is a unique man, Yannis Garedakis -also creator and founder of the local newspaper “Haniotika Nea”- and his wife Heleni. These two special persons created the museum, that first started as a private collection.

The museum first opened its doors to the public at 2005 and a few years later, at 2012 it added a new wing. At 2015 he completed 10 years of operation and inaugurated another hall with rare editions, books dated from 1543 and later, engravings, woodcuts, etc…

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

This year (2016) the Museum of Typography celabrates 11 years of operation and 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.

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 today.During the tour all visitors are encouraged to print at printing presses of the 19th century.

Alongside, the museum hosts cultural events all year long. Conferences, book presentations, theatrical plays, musical events, and an international poster contest every year, are organized so far by the museum.

Museum of Typography is a museum full of life and surprises, that constantly evolves and grows. So, let us guide you through the ages and learn more about typography and printing, the art that changed the course of history…


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