The Printing Museum displays documents and tools demonstrating the relationship between a free press and a well-informed society. The Printing Museum tells the story of written communication and how printing technologies have changed our lives through permanent exhibits. The galleries trace significant developments from ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets to the Chinese invention of movable type to Johann Gutenberg’s printing press. Newspaper accounts of major events in American history, from the American Revolution to the Civil War, are dramatized. The life of Texas’s first printer is told through a press he owned and a display of the documents and newspapers he printed.
The Hearst Newspaper Gallery depicts the evolution of modern printing, while the exhibit of historic newspapers documents pivotal moments in recent history. The Museum also hosts changing exhibitions that feature fine art prints, rare books, and artifacts.