Kiwis have been using printing presses since the 1830s. At the Print Shop, skilled volunteers keep this tradition alive using MOTAT’s extensive printing collection. See the whole printing process live, from the careful work of hand-setting moveable type to the amazing mechanisms of a Heidelberg letterpress. Learn the history of these amazing machines and take home a hand-printed souvenir of your visit.
The Print Shop is closed during January.
Arab Treadle Platen
Heidelberg Platen - Model T
Heidelberg K-Cylinder Letterpress – Model KSD
Linotype Typesetting Machine - Model 78
Find out more about objects in the MOTAT collection:Collections Online
Location: Building 4 at M1, Great North Road.
Entrance: A fairly wide entrance.
Stairs: There are no stairs but space is confined.
Noise: Machinery and noise.
Mobility parking is available on site at M1. Please arrange in advance.
We recommend parking in our large car park at M2 and enjoying the free vintage tram ride between sites.