Nonnenstraße 38
Phone: +49 – 3 41 - 2 31 62-0
Fax: +49 – 3 41 - 2 31 62-10
Website: http://www.druckkunst-mus

Museum Of The Printing Arts Leipzig - Museum Für Druckkunst Leipzig

Leipzig is a city rich in the traditions of books and publishing. A further gem has been added to that tradition in the form of the Museum of the Printing Arts at Nonnenstrasse 38 in the district of Plagwitz.
The outstanding feature of this museum is that all exhibits are not presented as mute testimonies to their time, but as vivid working demonstrations of a wide range of techniques. Hands-on experimentation plays a major role, making the museum ideal as a platform for courses and workshops.
A further dimension is added by independent artists, who are invited to use the facilities for their work. And as a museum open to the public, the Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig welcomes everyone interested in the art of printing, gives room to temporary exhibitions and provides a venue for lectures and symposia.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (8)

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Permanent Collection

The museum is unique for the scope and diversity of its exhibits, which include an outstanding collection of lead and wood types for hand composition, type matrices, composing and casting machines, hand, platen and cylinder presses of many kinds - in short, all the resources with which the graphic arts and trades have met the needs of book and printed matter production through their long history.


Auf nach Finnland. Finnische Plakate seit 1853
(16 April to 10 June 2018)

Pangramme: learning type design
(29 April to 15 July 2018)

Previous Exhibitions

Luther - Leipzig - Letterpress
(4 May 2016 to 24 September 2017)

New Types
(18 June to 24 September 2017)

Tschichold in St. Gallen
(5 March 2016 to 21 May 2017)

23rd Leipziger Typodays - Type and Knowledge
(13 May 2017)

25 Years of Leipziger Bibliophilen-Abend
(30 October 2016 to 12 February 2017)

34th Leipziger Grafikboerse
(4 December 2016 to 29 January 2017)

Frans Masereel and his works for the press
(17 September to 27 November 2016)

Some Handwritten Letters
(24 April - 3 July 2016)

"Ingo Schulze. Einuebung ins Paradies" The Development of an Artist Book
(17 March - 12 June 2016)

Printed Values
(16 March - 14 August 2016)

PARADIGMA PLAGWITZ 2. Departure and Arrival
(16 October - 15 November 2015)

PRINT WORKS - Graphic Design at Leipzig Fair
(1 November 2015 - 10 January 2016)

IMPRESS. Printing Art Symposiums of the BBK Leipzig e.V.
(22 November 2015 - 24 January 2016)

Leipzig Impresses. 500 years location of printing and publishing (28 March - 4 October 2015)

33th „Leipziger Grafikbörse“
16 November 2014 - 1 February 2015

26 Years Hand Press Frank Eißner
19 September - 7 December 2014

From Book to Street. Big Type from 1600 until 1920
27 June – 28 September 2014

Industrial Architecture in Saxony.
18 January - 18 May 2014

Alois Nebel. Life according to schedule
7 February - 21 April 2014

Roswitha Quadflieg. Raamin-Press (1973–2003)
20 September 2013 – 5 January 2014

Mario Derra. Woodcut cycle „Peter Schöffer and the evolvement of the movable lead type"
10 march - 30 june 2013

Karl-Georg Hirsch and Andreas Brylka. The Fascination in Wood Engraving and Illustrated Books
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Exhibitions (1)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Let's print in Leipzig
(16 September to 11 November 2018)

35. Leipziger Grafikbörse
(2 December 2018 to 27 January 2019)


Adults € 6.00
Children up to 16 years € 1.50
Students € 3.00

Guided tours
(when announced, more than 4 persons)
per person plus admission
€ 2.00
Workshops for groups
per person plus admission
€ 2.00
Owners of Leipzig-Card € 1.50

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Special opening hours on german holidays such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas.

Guided tours (individuals or groups) by appointment. Please contact us for further details.

Getting there

Public transport

Tram Line 1 and 2 towards Lausen, alighting at tram stop Holbeinstrasse;

Tram Line 3 towards Knautkleeberg, alighting at tram stop Elsterpassage;

Tram Line 14 towards Plagwitz, alighting at tram stop Nonnenstrasse.

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Google map http://maps.google.com/maps?client=opera&q=Druckkunst+Leipzig&ie=UTF8&oe=utf-8&l


The museum shop offers a wide range of products printed in the museum (e.g. greeting cards, Exlibris, gift-wrap or posters) as well as books, lead types and writing articles.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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The printing workshop for children are much in demand (in German) http://www.druckkunst-museum.de/Kurse_Workshops.html


The cultural and educational mission of a specialized museum like this one cannot be accomplished without public support, or without the personal commitment of private individuals.

Money is not the only aspect. The increasing dominance of television, video and computer games in today's world make it essential for reading and the art of book production to be promoted and communicated to a broad-based audience. Apart from its other activities, the museum also plays an important role as a centre for source studies, its objective being to prevent the loss of original forms and essential standards now at risk due to the possibilities of digital manipulation.

You can support our work by joining the non-profit Society for Advancement of the Printing Arts, Leipzig e.V., annual membership fee €55.00 (students €16.00).
It would give us great pleasure to welcome you to our circle of friends, which includes many well-known designers, lecturers and independent artists. A membership application form is available for your convenience.

We also invite anyone living in Leipzig or nearby who has experience as a compositor or printer, or in a similar trade, and is willing to donate a few hours of their time to helping the museum, for instance by giving guided tours, to contact us. All voluntary helpers automatically receive honorary, non-fee-paying membership of the Museum Society.

We would be happy to hear from you by
e-mail , letter,
phone (+49 - 3 41 - 2 31 62-0) or
fax (+49 - 3 41 - 2 31 62-10).

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In 2000 the Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig was formally reconstituted as a private foundation.

Founders are Mrs. Verena von Mitschke-Collande and the Giesecke & Devrient company. The foundation is sponsored by the State of Saxony and the city of Leipzig.

The Foundation's executive committee:
Financial Director Mrs. Gabriele Greiner

Venue hire

The museum is also a place where you can entertain your guests for a special event, a company anniversary or a birthday. Different premises in the museum are available for rent which can be arranged specially for the occasion. In the summer the museum inner courtyard with its fine ambiance is available. We dispatch a price list and plans on request:

Museum for Printing Art Leipzig
Nonnenstr. 38, 04229 Leipzig
Phone: +49 (0) 341 - 2 31 62 - 0
Fax: +49 (0) 341 - 2 31 62 - 10