Print with Us

You can print at Hamilton

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum provides members with low-cost workspace in our letterpress print shop facilities. (Not a member yet? Sign-up today!) The museum and pressroom are located in what was previously a manufacturing facility on the shores of Lake Michigan, which provides a unique working environment.

The 45,000 sq. foot museum hosts a 5,000 sq. foot working letterpress studio and three additional studios specifically for working artists. The fully equipped pressroom allows artists to use unique machinery, including vintage presses, and a plethora of type (more than 350 cases).

Wireless internet is available in the museum, but visiting printers must have his/her own computer. The museum and pressroom are both wheelchair accessible.

Equipment Available

  • One 28” x 45” sign press
  • One Vandercook 4 press
  • 13 Cabinets of wood type
  • 2 Cabinets of metal type
  • One paper trimmer
  • One light table
  • Drying racks
  • Printer’s furniture, quoins, quoin keys


We charge $100 for each day in the working space. Printing fee deposits are required for confirmation on the Hamilton pressroom schedule. All deposits are one half of the estimated fees and are non-refundable. Rental fees cover the use of wood type in the pressroom, CMYK and opaque white ink, solvents and rags. Visiting printers must bring their own consumable materials, including paper and other supplies. All printers will be asked to leave a portion of their prints at the museum for Hamilton's archival or sales purposes.

You must have printing experience, and a minimum of one month advance notice is required.

Contact the museum at to check for studio availability.

All applicants must fill out a Project Proposal Form prior to their visit.

Also, we ask that you read and sign the Access Guidelines before your visit.

Thanks, we can't wait to see you!