Tipografia Salesiana Turin

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Tipografia Salesiana – Typography museum

One of the amazing places in town is not easy to find. A former well known printing business, this place was first opened in 1861 by Don Bosco as a typography and a professional school.

Two years ago it became a Museum of Typography. Inside you’ll find a perfect recreation of ’40s-’50s typography, including two XIX century wooden lithography presses. Some of the machines were here all along, other have been collected from former typography shops or collectors and skillfully restored by volunteers and print lovers.

Mr. Bacchin will be happy to tell you about the story of the place from its foundation, throughout the wars, until it became a museum. And now comes the best. This place is not a regular museum. Any printing machine can be used for printing personal projects or small runs. The whole museum is in fact a fully working typography shop. All you have to do is make an appointment and you’ll have the chance to print with some of the oldest and most famous printing machines around.

Tip: there is no sign on the building. Just call in advance or walk in and ask to visit the museum.

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via Maria Ausialiatrice 36, Turin

Telephone number


Opening Times

By appointment only


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)