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About the museum

The Norwegian Printing Museum’s objective is to preserve and convey the history of the art of printing and the printing industry in a national and international perspective, yet with the main emphasis on Stavanger.

Although the museum is currently closed to the public, it is planning its new building and new exhibitions in collaboration with the Norwegian Canning Museum in Old Stavanger.

The museum’s volunteer association keeps the machines operating in temporary premises. Please contact Venneforeningen to learn more about their activities.

The Norwegian Printing Museum was founded in 1991. In 1993 it welcomed the public to its first exhibitions in an old cannery warehouse in Sandvigå in Stavanger. The building and its neighbourhood were later re-zoned for hotel construction. In 2013 the museum closed and the collection was put in storage, in anticipation of new premises. 

WHY A PRINTING MUSEUM IN STAVANGER? 
Stavanger’s printing industry grew parallel to its canning industry, and only in Oslo was there ever a larger printing milieu in Norway. The foundation for this robust printing industry was primarily the lithographic production of canning labels and other packaging for canning. But a need also arose for other types of printed matter – for businesses, for new newspapers established in the burgeoning city, and for printers and publishers producing books, calendars and much else besides. 

In 1979, the city’s cultural-heritage manager Einar Hedén took the initiative to preserve the printing facility P. Danielssens Boktrykeriet, located at Høleberggata 11. This was purchased by Stavanger Municipality in 1982. Around the same time, Jens Alfred Jørgensen from the professional printers’ association Stavanger grafiske fagforening became involved in preserving old printing equipment.

The project lay latent for some years, but in 1988, Arts Council Norway (Norsk kulturrådet) made an official recommendation which listed technical and industrial cultural monuments it wanted to preserve. P. Danielsens Boktrykkeri was listed. The museum project received funding from Arts Council Norway and from the national trade organisations, and the museum was formally established on 29 August 1991, with machines and equipment from P. Danielssens Boktrykkeri as the core of its collection.