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Museums & Galleries
SOMA / Yerba Buena

American Bookbinders Museum

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The American Bookbinders Museum was founded by commercial bookbinder Tim James, who became fascinated with the craft's history while he was amassing and upgrading his equipment. The Museum is dedicated to providing a complete experience of bookbinding history, craft, and culture. Much of the equipment works and functions just as it did in the 19th century. The exhibit floor is open to docent-led tours Tuesday - Saturday at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm. Staff and volunteer docents and artists operate the machinery and show how it works. Tours are generally one hour long. Exhibitions and Events: If you would like to be added to our events list please contact: Rentals: The museum's urban-contemporary space accommodates corporate and social events, receptions, and meetings for up to 112 guests. For pricing and availability please contact: Tansy Grefsheim, Media Relations: Please contact: Jae Mauthe, (415) 824-9754,

American Bookbinders Museum

355 Clementina Street
San Francisco, California 94103

(415) 824-9754

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