Water Street

Bowne & Co., Stationers

A gift and fine goods emporium

Bowne & Co., Stationers, New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. Bowne & Co. was established by Robert Bowne in 1775, and grew as a financial printer throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1975, Bowne & Co. Inc. partnered with the Seaport Museum to open a 19th-century-style print shop at 211 Water Street in the South Street Seaport Historic District.

Monday – Sunday | 11am – 7pm
211 Water Street

Bowne & Co., Printing Office

Custom 19th-century letterpress printing

The Bowne & Co., Printing Office continues the age old tradition of job (or small batch) printing. Using seven historic presses from South Street Seaport Museum’s working collection; our resident printers create individual designs using custom plates or historic fonts. The Printing Office is home to the new exhibition: The Printed Port that illuminates and interprets the job printing industry, a mammoth force in the development of the 19th century port of New York. Visitors are invited explore original and reproduced artifacts from the Museum’s collection and watch as presses from the Museum’s working collection are activated daily during live printing demonstrations.

Entrance to this exhibition is included with General Admission. Click below for tickets.

Printing Workshops at the Bowne & Co., Printing Office use traditional methods and historic presses that once documented marine trade for contemporary artisanal projects. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming workshops.