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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

21 Unity St, Stall #5, behind the Nation Park Service Kiosk, Boston, MA 02113-1315
+1 857-205-1775
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Declaration of Independence Printing and History

This is a great place to learn history and to take kids. They show you how they used to run the old... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rebekah J
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Don't be afraid to ask that question . . . . the folks here are great

What an unexpected treat. Like most people I looked in and around but hesitated to ask the couple... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tony O
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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing experience, We are open daily and located along the Freedom Trail at Faneuil Hall. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage living historians working their printers trade in pre-revolutionary Boston. We offer unique personal encounters with history and colonial printing. As Boston’s only colonial trade experience and only colonial living history interpretive experience, our historic equipment, live demonstrations, interpreters and historic settings enable new levels of understanding how colonial printing affected communities and sparked a revolution in America. We seek to recreate this experience for visitors and school groups to Boston’s Freedom Trail and to rekindle the spirit of Samuel Adams who urged fellow citizens to join this “animating contest of Liberty!”
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21 Unity St, Stall #5, behind the Nation Park Service Kiosk, Boston, MA 02113-1315
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+1 857-205-1775
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a great place to learn history and to take kids. They show you how they used to run the old printing presses and explain how tedious but important the job was. Great place for couples, children and more.

Thank Rebekah J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an unexpected treat. Like most people I looked in and around but hesitated to ask the couple of questions on my mind. Eventually I was alone with the gentleman and in a few minutes my questions were answered and more besides. It was a...More

1  Thank Tony O
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this on our first trip to Boston. It was so wonderful to learn and see how they printed the documents a long time ago, it was fantastic.

1  Thank Nidia N
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great spot, great people. Next to a famous landmark, and it,s free. So go in and enjoy some history.

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Reviewed 8 June 2018

Great slice of history - informational, entertaining and engaging. Easy to walk by the brick building on your way to the Old North Church so keep an eye out for the entrance. Be well!

1  Thank LipstickWarriors
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Interactive museum with people dressed in old fashion look. Very competent people, with in-depth knowledge about their subjects (letter press, chocolate business). Feels like traveling back in time and experiencing the invention of the letter press and it's influence on society up to our current...More

Thank kalimero476
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Walked to the printing shop today with my dad who was in the printing business for over 60 years. To our disappointment the shop was closed when we arrived . But Gary, the printer, saw us outside the windows and invited our entire party in!...More

1  Thank 897clio
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We happened upon this building while wandering around. The demo had just started and was really quite complicated. We got to see a document printed and heard a bit about the history. Great stop that just asks for a small donation.

Thank bethboff
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

We stumbled upon the Printing Office while leaving the Old North Church. The printing room was crowded and people were milling about, but nothing was going on. The printer was in the room, but appeared to be on a break. We looked around the printing...More

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Great exhibit in the same building with the chocolate maker. Interpreter was great with a crowd that was unfamiliar with the subject.

Thank Greg W
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moonslice
20 June 2018|
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Response from garygA1134PV | Property representative |
We are moving to Faneuil Hall and should be open on JULY 1st, 2018
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michealm42
16 October 2015|
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Response from twocardinals | Reviewed this property |
Contact the employee who works at this Printing Office, who is himself a printer by training and well-educated in the history of printing machines. He is an afficionado and would be a good resource.
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