Bowne & Co., Stationers


211 Water Street | New York, NY | (646) 315-4478

Open 7 days a week | 11 am to 7 pm

About Bowne & Co., Stationers

Carrying on the age-old tradition of job printing (small batch printing), South Street Seaport Museum is home to 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.

In its current incarnation, Bowne & Co., Stationers enchants visitors by enabling them to experience the traditional craft of 19th-century letterpress printing in a charmingly atmospheric shop.  See the 19th-century letterpresses from our collection, buy exquisite cards hand-printed in the shop, chat with artist and master printer Robert Warner about his techniques.  Bowne & Co. presents visitors with the unique opportunity to step into another era.

Bowne & Co., Stationers is also available as a distinctive venue for book launches and other special events. All proceeds from sales, donations, and special events benefit the exhibits and programs of the South Street Seaport Museum. For more information on renting our spaces click here.

All proceeds from sales, donations, and special events benefit South Street Seaport Museum programs.