The Museum invites membership from commercial and amateur printers, letterpress devotees and lovers of the book arts. Your subscription of only $40 per annum ($60 family/corporate) helps to pay for the storage and maintenance of one of the finest collections of printing equipment until a permanent home can be found for it.


Members are entitled to a 10%discount on all type products produced by the Museum and free advertising on the website. Members also receive priority to purchase equipment surplus to the needs of the Museum. To subscribe please download the attached membership file and either post to the secretary or scan and email back.


Click here for a membership form


The Museum  gratefully accepts donations. Receipts are issued which enable NZ donors to receive a tax benefit at their marginal tax rates.


Donations for Type: Every $20 donated buys a kilo of Monotype metal that our volunteers turn into $60 worth of lead type for sale. This activity is the Museum's principal income and helps to pay the rent for housing the collection and the book arts centre in Wellington.


Equipment and  Old Type Donations: The Museum has already saved a large amount of printing equipment from being scrapped and welcomes more, especially smaller proof and tabletop presses.


Donations Policy: The Museum welcomes the donation of printing equipment. Items  donated, unless otherwise specified by the donor, will either form part of the collection or in the case of surplus or duplicate equipment may be sold to other printers. Any such funds raised will be applied to the preservation of the collection. Every attempt will be made to preserve as much equipment as possible.


The objectives of The Printing Museum are:

  • to preserve the nation's letterpress printing heritage and to present it in a way which is attractive, entertaining and instructive.
  • to encourage enthusiasm for the trade of letterpress by showing how it developed worldwide and was eventually used to widen knowledge in early New Zealand and form the beginning of our country's own "communication revolution."
  • to make our resources available to any firm or individual when they are needed for a special project.


The Printing Museum is a registered charity and society incorporated in 1986. Information on the society can be accessed via and


© The Printing Museum 2014




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