Printing Museum

The Printing Museum of Jesi was founded in 2000 to document the long and important printing tradition of this town, which was the first in the Marche region to witness the birth of a printing house and the printing of the first editions of the "Divine Comedy" in 1472 by Federico de' Conti. The museum is housed in the 16th-century Palazzo Pianetti Vecchio and extends along a wide and bright room, where presses and printing machines from different periods as well as rare books of great value are shown, in a visually striking and charming setting. The museum path highlights and investigates the two aspects characterising the invention that changed the history of human knowledge: printing machines and books as final products.

The volumes on display retrace the history of printed books, from incunabula to beautiful 19th-century examples, showing their extrinsic features: title page, format, adorned initials, printer's marks, bindings and illustrations. Among them some Aldine editions are shown as well as some examples of a rare collection of notices, gazettes and almanacs, a wonderful example of the Bodoni's edition of the Iliad dated 1808 and many others.

Presses, printing machines and printing tools such as composing sticks, galleys, matrices and an interesting collection of movable types preserved in their original boxes retrace the history of printing from the technological point of view, from the 18th-century platen press made from wood to the flat-bed press equipped with a cylinder, from handset movable typesetting to mechanical typesetting with a Linotype machine.

The material on display is of local origin. As a matter of fact presses, machines and printing tools belong to press houses of Jesi or neighbouring villages. The museum is lively and dynamic and has great potential. Some printing presses and art printing presses, as well as their tools, are still working and are at the disposal of both schools, for which educational workshops are arranged, and of those who want to learn about the pressing techniques or the ancient printing arts (xylography, chalcography and lithography).

The museum also holds the archives of the printing houses from which the machines come from. These archives are consulted by students and scholars and are an inexhaustible source of news and information about public, political and social life as well as private activities reflecting over 100 years of history.



Winter (1st September - 30th June): from Wednesday to Friday: 10am-1pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Summer (1st July - 31st August): from Thursday to Saturday: 10am-1pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays

On the first Sunday of each month FREE ADMISSION to residents in Jesi (opening hours 4-7pm):
7th January
4th February
3rd March
7th April
5th May
2nd June
7th July
4th August
1st September
6th October
3rd November
1st December

Reductions: 1€ (children/young from 6 to 25 years of age)
Free: children up to the age of 5, ICOM members, visitors with disabilities and their carers
Guided tours for groups by appointment only

One ticket to visit 9 museums:
- Palazzo Pianetti Civic Museums
- Printing Museum
- Colocci-Vespucci House Museum
- Old and rare book collection in Palazzo della Signoria
- Frederick II Museum - Stupor Mundi
- Diocesan Museum
- Exhibition Halls of Palazzo Bisaccioni
- Pergolesi and Spontini's Rooms in G.B. Pergolesi Theatre
- Landscape Interpretation Centre and IME experience
Tickets: 15€
Reductions: 10€ (children/young from 6 to 25 years of age, groups of at least 15 people, residents in Jesi)
Families: 30€
Free: children up to the age of 5

The museum organises educational workshops about books and the history of printing as well as short woodcut courses for schools.
Upon purchasing an admission ticket to the museum, people who request it can have at their disposal the presses for their own personal use (see regulations).

In a special room the museum preserves the archives of some printing houses of Jesi, which gather mostly 20th-century documents relating the history of the town. In the same room a small library is arranged, which is specialised on subjects related to printmaking techniques and to the history of the book and printing.

Printing Museum
Via Valle 3, on the ground floor of Palazzo Pianetti Vecchio (near Porta Valle area)