American Bookbinders Museum, San Francisco

American Bookbinders Museum provides information about the history of bookbinding, exhibits the machinery of the craft, and explains the "binding process," the most important step needed to complete a book. You can join a guided tour or enjoy a self-guided experience to see the museum's vintage bookbinding machinery. Check the website for details about how to purchase tickets and gather all the other practical information you'll need. Work out when and for how long to visit American Bookbinders Museum and other San Francisco attractions using our handy San Francisco road trip planning website .
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  • Arrived on a Friday afternoon for a guided tour of the history of printing. Our docent, Madeline, was funny and very well-informed. While not overly large, the museum has many examples of functioning ...  more »
  • This was our first visit to the American Bookbinders Museum and we had a blast at this museum attending the SF in SF literary event hosted at the American Bookbinders Museum last weekend. My husband a...  more »
  • This engaging little museum will show you how books have been bound through the ages and demonstrate most of the steps using rather beautiful authentic old tools and machines. Just a quick walk from U...  more »
  • Great collection, great docents. The museum really showcases the beginnings of the collection of knowledge in our society.
  • Such a cool place to visit and learn!
  • A small facility. They have a number of book bonding machines on display and have a series of exhibits on the history of the bookbinding industry.
  • Great tour and learned a lot. Super friendly stuff and not very crowded.
  • Showcasing some of the history of American bookbinding techniques and equipment, this museum is a fascinating place to visit. When I walked in for the first time, I had simply no idea how intricate and laborious the process of book binding used to be; I know recognize it for the unbelievable artistry that it was. The staff is warm, welcoming, and friendly, and truly go the extra mile to make tours through here entertaining and informative. If you have an interest in history, books, machinery, or even just half an hour to spend, I highly recommend a stop at The American Bookbinders Museum.

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