Chania Museum of Typography
Chania Museum of Typography – Image Credits: Daniil Silantev on Unsplash

Chania Museum of Typography


The first Museum of Typography in Greece is located in Chania, Crete, in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. It is a private initiative by Yannis Garedakis, founder of the newspaper “Haniotika Nea”, with the support of his wife Eleni. For more than thirty years, he has been collecting machines and other exhibits that mark the evolution of European typography.

The Greek Museum of Typography welcomes you to Chania, Crete Island, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. It was created as a private initiative by Yannis Garedakis, founder of the newspaper “Haniotika Nea” [also spelt as “Chaniotika Nea”], who has been collecting, for more than thirty years, machines and other exhibits that mark the evolution of typography in Europe.

The museum was inaugurated in 2005, with a view to highlighting the historical value of typography as a breakthrough in human history, and also to preserving printing machinery, tools, objects, and old publications that are closely connected to the evolution of typography and printing in the Old Continent.

Engraving Workshop – Image Credits: Chania Museum of Typography, 

The Museum of Typography is a specialized museum, which will provide you with a broad overview of the history of printing in Europe. Take part in the interactive tour on offer, watch the videos and learn about the stages in the evolution of typography from the Middle Ages up to the present time. You will also be encouraged to print using the 19th c. printing presses and in this way get a small idea of the amount of effort and human intelligence that are required for producing a printed document.

During your visit, you will discover the important role of Cretan scholars and printers in early European printing history, through the publications on display, the related research and the collaborations the museum has established to that end.

The museum grounds cover approximately a 1,200 m2 area. You are invited to explore the buildings which include two large wings, two exhibition rooms, a remarkable library, a museum shop, a coffee shop, and an amphitheatre with an 80-seat capacity, often used as a venue for cultural events.

The museum is a hub for culture and the arts. There are numerous events you can take part in, such as conferences, book presentations, theatrical plays, music events, and an annual international poster contest about typography. Tip: The winning posters remain on display for one year, in the poster exhibition at the amphitheatre of the museum.

It is a member of the Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM), of the International Association of Printing Museums (IAPM) and of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH), a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

Original Source of Article: Visit Greece


Before your visit see the following information:

Dates and opening hours:

Museum of Typography Yannis & Eleni Garedakis
Chania Park of Local Industries Building 13-03.
Easy access for people with special needs to most areas of the museum.

Tel: +30 28210 80090, +30 6974020861

Opening hours

Summer Schedule

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00.
Sunday closed.

Winter schedule

Visits can be arranged by appointment at tel .: +30 6974020861 and

The museum is closed on public holidays (January 1 & 6, March 25, Easter Sunday, May 1, August 15, October 28, and December 25 & 26).


Ticket price: 4 euro (with a guided tour)
Reduced: 3 euro Persons above 65* | Groups over 15 persons | Students* | Unemployed*
Free: Children under 12 | People with special needs | Press*
* Corresponding identity card has to be shown

Museums are closed on the following holidays:

1 January, 25 March, Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 & 26 December

Museums are open on the following holidays:

6 January, Clean Monday, Greek Orthodox Easter Monday, Holy Spirit Monday, 15 August, 28 October.
On Good Friday and Saturday, the opening hours diversify. For further information and confirmation please call or visit the museum’s website (

Admission fee:

Valid tickets (full and reduced) are needed for admission. In some cases, there is a special ticket package for museums and archaeological sites within the same area. From the 1st of November till 31st of March a reduced rate for single-use tickets is valid for all visitors.

For information about free and reduced admission to Greek State Museums please press here:

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