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“Amazing interactive lecture on the history of printing”

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Ranked #11 of 365 things to do in Boston
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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!”
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 day. Must visit for people that are enthusiastic about history, culture, information technology.

Date of experience: February 2018
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! He was so knowledgeable and welcoming. Gary and my dad talked about hand set type and Gary showed us a very special historical project he was working on. What a great day and fantastic visit. Amazingly interesting and dedicated host- I would highly recommend the site to all visitors!

Date of experience: December 2017
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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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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 room and then went to the store and made purchases, but still no demonstration had started. As far as gift shops along Freedom Trail go, this one was quaint and had some nice soaps that I didn't see elsewhere.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank kristinkjohnson2000
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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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Greg W
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