National Museum of Industrial History debuts new Hot Off the Press exhibit
The National Museum of Industrial History’s (NMIH) latest exhibit, Hot Off the Press: Printing and Papermaking, a hands-on look at how the printed word revolutionized the spread of knowledge throughout the world, debuts this week. From the Gutenberg press to linotype machines, like those seen in the hit movie The Post, NMIH’s exhibit gives an in-depth and interactive look at how printing presses, paper, and ink were used to spark the most influential industry on the planet.
The exhibit includes rare printings, including 17th Century translations, the first German-translated Bible printed in the Colonies, and the Ephrata Martyrs’ Mirror, the largest book printed in Colonial America. Paired with these texts are working printing presses that visitors will be able to use to print take-home mementos, a one-of-a-kind scale model of a Fourdriner papermaking machine, and mosaics saved from the now-demolished Bethlehem Steel Printery.
“The rich history of printing is relatable to people of all walks of life, from our forefathers who literally printed history to our parents reading newspapers to our kids growing up in libraries,” said Kara Cenni, President and CEO of the Museum. “This exhibit is an exciting hands-on experience that will delight children and adults alike and allow them to connect with an industry that is still relevant today.” The exhibit runs now through the end of October daily during the museum’s regular operating hours (Wednesday through Sunday, 10a.m. to 5p.m.) and is included in regular museum admission.