Past Exhibition | On View May 2019- February 2020
Please Note: You are viewing an archived page, in most cases these pages are no longer actively maintained and because of that may contain inaccurate or out-of-date information. These pages are left publicly viewable to preserve institutional memory and to allow the public to learn more about the types of programs, activities, and content created and made available by the South Street Seaport Museum throughout its history.
The Printed Port illuminates an industry central to the development of New York City: job printing. Printers were a mammoth force in the 19th-century Port of New York; they produced all manner of printed materials for the businesses flourishing on South Street, including those in the maritime trades. Bowne & Co. founded in 1775 and part of the South Street Seaport Museum since 1975, was one of hundreds of shops that made up the seaport district.
The exhibition features original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum’s collection, including 19th-century and early-20th century printing presses. A survey of printed ephemera presents the tools and techniques involved in their production. An iron-hand press made by R.Hoe & Co., and part of the Museum’s collection is activated daily, during live demonstrations and workshops hosted by the professional printing staff at Bowne & Co.
The Printed Port is located in the Bowne & CO., Printing Office, 209 Water Street. Access to this exhibition is included with Museum admission.
Visit the Seaport Museum
This exhibition may no longer be on view but there is still so much to see and do at the Seaport Museum click the button to see what is currently on view and plan your visit.
South Street Seaport Museum
By subway: Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street.
By bus: Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street.
By water: The NYC Ferry, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11. The Staten Island Ferry provides services to Whitehall Terminal.
Parking: Parking lots can be found at Front and John Streets, as well as 294 Pearl Street.