If there is just one additional stop I make on my summer trip, after the Point Beach, it is to the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. How much do I love this place? Probably not as much as someone who actually knows how to print. But, still, a lot. I've always loved letters and fonts; combined with my love of drawers, this place is pure heaven. It's amazing to see all the different fonts, not to mention see how they are made and used, and even to see them in use.
I feel rather proud, Wisconsin-proud, that this collection is here in our state. AND it is a working museum, because people are often printing there, though I've never done any printing myself. Having seen the work that my sister went through for her M.F.A., I'm a little intimidated by printing presses, but perhaps I will add printing at Hamilton to my bucket list.
I have enjoyed visiting over the years and especially love to see how things change from year to year. There are rotating exhibits so you can see everyone's recent print works (many different art departments and printing groups visit the museum to work over the course of a year). And they've started a collection of prints for sale... and I think I might have to start my own collection of Hamilton prints. I'm trying to figure out what wall in my home will work, and also how to display things (hmm, perhaps a Pinterest search is in order). I might have to do some tweaking of the color schemes.
My first acquisition (twenty bucks! a bargain!) is a navy print with silvery lettering that says : "more type is better." That one fits the color scheme of my bedroom but it is tempting to have a whole wall of just type.
It is quite a treasure and I strongly recommend that you make a plan to visit. It's really not even that far to drive from Madison; if you had to, you could do it in a day, but I would recommend an overnight so you can also go to the Kohler Arts Center.
And check out this gigantic 2, with the girl for scale.
Oh, I will also note, in light of Wisconsin's new concealed carry laws, how much I appreciate their sign: