Giesecke & Devrient Stiftung

Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig

Giesecke+Devrient’s roots lie in the printing arts, which are an integral part of the company’s history and the Industrial Revolution. One of the objectives of the G+D Foundation is therefore to preserve the historical heritage of the printing arts and make it accessible to all. For this reason, support of the Museum of Printing Arts Leipzig is a vital element of the Foundation’s activities.

The collection of exhibits in the Museum of Printing Arts is probably unique in terms of richness and diversity and includes a wealth of type matrices, lead type, wooden letters for hand composition, and typesetting and casting machines. The museum also possesses numerous hand presses for letterpress, intaglio and flatbed printing, platen presses, plus various cylinder printing machines.

In addition to machines and presses for printed works, the museum houses a workshop for wood engraving, a bookbinding shop and a type foundry where one of the last type founders in Germany is based.

The Museum of the Printing Arts supports children and young people through courses and information events about the cultural history of typesetting, printing and bookbinding. Seminars are also held for students and trainees in the graphics industry who want to find out about the early days of printing.