I know what your thinking…printing museum? Booorrrring.… But trust me it was very cool!
Pooh Bear and I were invited by some homeschooling buddies to visit The International Printing Museum in Carson, Ca. It was super easy to find, right off of the 110 fwy with plenty of parking next to the building.
The tour we took was the Main Gallery Tour . The first hour was an interactive discussion on the history of printing, the life of Ben Franklin and his contribution, a demonstration of all the work that goes into printing and gallery tour of the machines.
The second hour we met “Dr. Ben Franklin” in a theater where he gave a very entertaining performance featuring some of his inventions. I was unable to see the whole show because Baby Bear was grunting and causing a ruckus, but Pooh Bear couldn’t stop talking about how funny that actor was.
It did involve a lot of sitting and listening (but not like a boring lecture), so I think it’s best suited for 2nd grade and up. My Pooh Bear is in 1st grade, but because he’s not a squirmer and is a sucker for science and history, we had no problems. Had I taken Jack the Bear though…I don’t even want to think about it.
They had a very small, but reasonably priced gift shop area. We purchased 2 replicas of The Constitution , a replica of The Declaration of Independence, replicas of money from the revolutionary time period and a quill, all for $11.
Old, rusty and historical goodies were in every nook and cranny! I was just drooling over every poster, rusted wheel, ink stained tables and metal spoke.
The printing press collection there is said to be the largest in country. They even had a working replica of the Guttenburg press. Cool right?!
We had such a wonderful time and Pooh Bear learned a ton of history and science. This will definitely be on our to-do list once the babies are old enough to enjoy this unique museum.