The unique and diverse exhibits of the museum include an outstanding collection of some 100 working machines and presses of well-known maufacturers offer an impressive introduction to the three most important historical printing techniques – letterpress, intaglio and planographic printing.
A genuine rarity is the working type foundry, in which lead type is still cast either by hand or by machine. A wide range of letter cases filled with lead type and fully functioning line composing and casting machines demonstrate the historical techniques.
The Museum also has a fully equipped handcraft bookbindery, a fully functioning wood engraver’s workshop dating from around 1900, a display of music printing techniques and a reference library with some 3,500 specialist books. The collection of some 4,000 different typefaces in the form of lead and wooden letters, matrices and steel punches is unique in Europe.