Print Shop

See a centuries-old technology come alive every Sunday at MOTAT’s Print Shop. Learn the history of our amazing print collection and take home a hand-printed souvenir of your visit.

Date & Time

Open Sundays only


An experience that really leaves an impression!

Kiwis have been using printing presses since the 1830s. At the Print Shop, skilled volunteers keep this tradition alive using MOTAT’s extensive printing collection. See the whole printing process live, from the careful work of hand-setting moveable type to the amazing mechanisms of a Heidelberg letterpress. Learn the history of these amazing machines and take home a hand-printed souvenir of your visit.

Print shop volunteer operating a Heidelberg press.


  • Common Press

  • Adana Press

  • Arab Treadle Platen

  • Heidelberg Platen - Model T

  • Heidelberg K-Cylinder Letterpress – Model KSD

  • Linotype Typesetting Machine - Model 78

Find out more about objects in the MOTAT collection:

Collections Online


Wheelchair accessible

Location: Building 4 at MOTAT Great North Road.

Entrance: A fairly wide entrance.

Stairs: There are no stairs but space is confined.

Noise: Machinery and noise.

Mobility parking is available on site at MOTAT Great North Road. Please arrange in advance.


We recommend parking on Stadium Road and Great North Road.