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American Bookbinders Museum

355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94103-4104
+1 415-824-9754
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Fascinating hour

This engaging little museum will show you how books have been bound through the ages and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Occi0
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Occidental, California
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Best 12 Bucks we have ever spent.

We attempted our visit on a Monday, silly us it was closed, fortunately we returned on a Tuesday... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Patian2014
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Barton, United Kingdom
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The American Bookbinders Museum serves the Bay Area and the Yerba Buena community as an informational center and has its own very special library collection. It provides the public with information on bookbinding machinery, the history of the craft...more
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355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94103-4104
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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 Union Square, the tour is not only informative but also quite...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We attempted our visit on a Monday, silly us it was closed, fortunately we returned on a Tuesday. Arrived a good half an hour before the 11a.m. tour and lecture only three turned up so got almost a private session! What our guide didn't know...More

1  Thank Patian2014
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Really fantastic small museum, with helpful and informative staff and a brilliant gift shop. Seeing the various printing and bookbinding techniques associated with the tools and machines they involved was fantastic.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Although it took a bit of time to find the museum with all the surrounding construction, it was worth the effort. My wife and I were the only two people in the tour led by Anna, and we feel very privileged to have her all...More

1  Thank Harry W
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

A must for lovers of books, print design, history, or heavy machinery. A thorough and fascinating introduction to Western printing, from the life of a medieval apprentice through 19th century production. Very well presented, plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

1  Thank bdufford
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Our trip to the museum began – and ended – at the front desk. I purchased tickets online at 2pm the day prior to our visit. We arrived at the museum at around 2:30 for the 3pm tour, only to be told that the 3pm...More

2  Thank markb_201702
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Historical look at this pivotal moment in book binding reclamation techniques. Prompted by the ruinous flooding of the Arno River in Florence, and mudslides in its several major and minor libraries, including ancient writings on parchment and vellum bindings. The worldwide and local response, both...More

1  Thank Judy L
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

Great little museum for the book lover. They show you how books were binded historically up to modern time. Every visit is guided. You can ask as many question as you want, the guide keep answering. Definitely a must if you love books.

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Reviewed 14 December 2016

ticket is 8 bucks. There is a discount for student oonly 6 bucks. I am not really interested in this, but it is a great one.

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

I visited the ABM this past Friday on the recommendation of a local. It was a wonderful experience! The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable and tour was excellent! I cannot recommend this museum enough! If you have even just an extra hour in the...More

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