Virtual guide


10. Museum of Press and Artistic Print “Andrea Schiavi”

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Phone 0371 420381
Street and number Via della Costa 4
City Lodi

The Museum of Press and Artistic Print in Lodi “Andrea Schiavi” is based
inside the rooms of the former printing house Lodigraf, in a lovely area of the city that keeps unspoiled the signs of the medieval urban fabric. Opened on 7 June 2008, it chronicles the evolution of the art of the print throughout the centuries, from xylography to chalcography, from serigraphy to typography, from lithography to offset print up to digital revolution, worthily becoming part of the monumental and artistic evidences of the illustrious past of the city.

The features of an old restored printing house have willingly been kept inside the exhibition area, so that the visitors entering the Museum can “breathe” the air of the history of press, that is also the history of civilization, with a chance of seeing at work several historical exhibits restored to their former beauty thanks to a wise philological repairing.

Hundreds of exhibits, lined up inside wide rooms, compose one of the most valuable collections of printing machineries and equipments in Europe, from ancient devices dating back up to the 16th century, to wooden dressers with wooden and iron typographical characters, from cast iron presses made in the 19th century, to the more valuable exemplar of “Columbian”, made of cast iron and steel, built in London in the middle of the 19th century, this being the only copy in Italy.

From Monday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, on Saturdays from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm, closed on Sundays.

The access to the museum is allowed only to schools, groups and associations and only with a guide. It is possible to arrange individual tours.