American Bookbinders Museum

355 Clementina Street, San Francisco , CA 94103 - United States





The story of the Book!

We tell the story of how books were made by hand, unique and available to just a few until the industrial revolution made books available to all.

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America. We celebrate and share the history, tools and stories of bookbinding from the 16th century through the changes and innovations of the 19th century.

The American Bookbinders Museum is a registered 501(c)3 organization.


American Bookbinders Museum General Admission

Museum Day ticket holders are granted general admission to the American Bookbinders Museum allowing the ticket holder to take a self-guided tour of the main exhibit hall to view the hand binding process of the 16th century and bookbinding automation of the 19th century.

No Docent-led tours will be offered on Museum Day to better accommodate Museum Day ticket holders.

General admission also includes access to the Gallery, housing a temporary exhibit of student and teacher book arts titled: Book Learning: Training to Break the Rules, and access to the Museum Shop.


Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.