The Museum of Typography, is located 4 km from the city of Chania, in the Souda craft park. It was opened in 2005 and is the first museum in Greece dedicated entirely to typography. It consists of two large wings and three separate rooms occupying a total area of 1,200 sq.m.
Its founder is Mr. Yannis Garedakis, and with the help of his wife, he created the Museum as a private collection in a natural environment for a technological – craft museum. A new wing was created in 2012 and in 2015 another hall opened with rare editions, engravings, woodcuts, etc. that connect typography with the local history of Crete.
The visitor will learn how one of the most important inventions of man, Typography, has begun. It has two cast-iron presses of the 19th century and a faithful copy of the Gütmerger press. Victoria’s presses, purchased from Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, as well as a Greek-donated printer, travel us to the history of printing, while many Boston-type presses decorate the space.
During the tour, the visitor has the ability to print to the old presses and to admire the grandeur of typography. It is a place of culture and letters, where conferences, presentations of books, performances, music events and more are organized. Every year, an international poster competition is organized.
Από το 2012 το Μουσείο είναι μέλος του Ευρωπαϊκού Συνδέσμου Μουσείων Τυπογραφίας.