Explore the Historic Seaport District
Most printers in early 19th century New York were located where the action was: near the city’s main port of entry at South Street. Walk virtually with us to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, and learn about the typography on these historic buildings.
Bowne & Co.
Established in 1775, Bowne & Co. is New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. Using seven historic presses from the Museum’s working collection, our resident printers continue the age-old tradition of job (or small batch) printing, creating individual designs using custom plates or historic fonts.
Visit Our Online Shop
We’re excited to announce our new Bowne & Co. Online Shop with a special selection of core offerings from Bowne & Co.
Looking for more virtual tours?
Check out our content in created partnership with Urban Archive. Discover the origins of New York’s greatness by taking one of our virtual tours of Lower Manhattan and the South Street Seaport Historic District, or download the Urban Archive iPhone app from their page to experience our virtual stories and tours.
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While the Museum’s indoor spaces remain closed to the public, we are continuing to serve our community in safe and engaging ways by developing and delivering virtual programs like these, at no cost. Help us make this work possible.