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Museum Tour: The Museum of Printing History

Note: this event is limited to 40 people.

The Museum of Printing History narrates the story of written communication and the ways in which the technologies of printing have transformed our lives. will be making a donation to the Museum as part of our visit.

About The Museum

Galleries trace significant developments from ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets, to the Chinese invention of movable type, to Johann Gutenberg's printing press. American history is dramatized through newspaper accounts of major events from the American Revolution to the Civil War; Texas history is told through the life of the state's first printer, with a press he owned and a display of the documents and newspapers he printed. The Hearst Newspaper Gallery demonstrates the emergence of modern printing, and our exhibit of historic newspapers documents pivotal moments in recent history.

Another note, the museum will be conducting 2 workshops during the day which should make for some interesting shots.  But they do ask that we give them a very wide birth and not directly disturb the students.

And yet another note, if you would like to return at (or stay until) 2pm, the museum will be conducting a guided tour.  This is an additional $7 per person, and you would pay that directly to the museum.

About Our Visit

HoustonPhotowalks participates in the long-term health and maintenance of venues we visit by providing financial donations when appropriate.  Your fee for this photowalk event will be included with a donation to the organization in the name of

HERE'S THE COOL PART!!  If we raise at least $400 from this event, we can become "Organizational Members" of the museum.  This will allow us to use the museum for meetings and classes at a significantly reduced rate.  This will be a really nice place to do classes!

Flash and Tripod

Flash is not permitted (typical of most museums we visit).

I talked them into letting us use tripods. However, to prevent damage to any artifacts, they ask for us to always keep them in a vertical position (not carrying them horizontally). That means, no swinging them over our shoulder or carrying them like they are spears on the hunting grounds of big game. 

Also, to prevent bumping/scraping into artifacts, they also requested we travel light.  Go easy on the big camera bags please.

About Payment

Be sure and read the event FAQ info below and contact the event host directly if you have any questions.  

To reserve your spot, event payment is due before midnight the night you RSVP. Otherwise your space is given to someone else. If you are on the "waiting list", make sure your email settings allows to contact you via email so you will know when you get moved up.


(This is the "read this before posting a question" section)

I am all signed up, when do I pay?

Before midnight tonight. Folks that haven't paid by end of the day are removed to make room for other folks wanting to join.

I am all signed up, how do I pay?

Check out this quick walkthrough: How to use Paypal to pay:

I had an emergency / my fish tank went green / I have to change my RSVP. / I had to no-show / I need a refund.

We always expect people not to show up for various reasons. Life happens. Unfortunately we have to pay for your seat if you are there or not. Refunds are not available for this event.

Even though I can't get a refund, I have to change my RSVP for the event that starts in 10 minutes.

Please change your RSVPs with plenty of time for someone on the waiting list to attend. RSVP changes with less than 24 hours notice will be considered a no-show.

The "Waiting List" is huge, should I even bother signing up?

Absolutely. The more people on the waiting list, the more likely we will repeat the event. Also, many (MANY) people sign up but never pay, so the waiting list moves rather fast.

I'm on the "Waiting List", should I go ahead and pay now?

Nope. Wait until you are promoted into the "Going" list before trying to pay please. Also, make sure you have edited your email settings so that you are receiving all email from the group. That way, when a spot opens up, you will receive an email.

I am on the "waiting list", can I just show up anyway?

No. The waiting list folks will get moved in on a first-come-first-promoted basis. Please respect the RSVP list. Unexpectedly showing up creates havoc and confusion of epic proportions that usually lead to being marked as a 'no-show' even though you didn't RSVP.

I was on the "List" yesterday, but I just got an email saying I've been removed!

HPW does not require people to instantly pay to secure their initial RSVP. This gives folks the ability to quickly RSVP for a spot, even if they are on a smart phone and cannot paypal the funds. However, we do like to see the money within 24 hours. After 24 hours, if your RSVP isn't paid, we hand your spot to someone on the waiting list. (NOTE: I'm flexible. If you need a few extra days for your payment to paypal to complete, just send me an email BEFORE you lose your spot.)

I am on the "waiting list", but we're good buddies and I've been in the group for years, can you move me up on the list, good-ol'-boy style?

Nope. I love you like family. And just like family, I hate drama. The wait-list will move in order of first-come-first-promoted. Its the only fair way.

I have a complaint and I want to post it in open-air comments?

Please address your comments / complaints / gripes to me via personal email. If you think something's not right and I agree, it will get addressed ASAP. The "comments" section is for things you think would be interesting to the entire group -- if you have something *I* need to know, address it to me.

I'm seriously new to the group / This is my first event. I don't understand what to do next.

No problem. A couple of nights before each event, I send out the "last minute updates". This email contains a lot of extra info not posted on the open meetup. If you are horribly confused after reading that email, reply back and I'll walk you through your questions.

I don't use PayPal. What are my options?

Start using paypal. Unfortunately people who pay "when I get there" rarely show up. RSVPs are secured by your paypal payment. Paypal is a big part of how we manage this group.

How does the RSVP policy work?

The RSVP, Paid RSVP, and No-Show policies are posted here:

There were too many words in this FAQ, so I didn't bother reading it, is that a problem?

Not really. I wrote it and didn't bother reading it. But if something goes screwy, we both will be referring to it for answers.

I have another question not listed here, how do I contact the group organizer or host?

Information about how to contact a Meetup group organizer can be found at this link:

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  • Dean S.

    I have been wanting to visit this museum for quite some time. Really interesting exhibits and great photo opportunities.

    September 30, 2013

  • sun j.

    Very interesting-lived here since the 1980's never knew this existed until the photo walk.

    September 29, 2013

  • Eldho K.

    Awesome venue and awesome pics everyone! Thanks Joe for organizing.

    September 29, 2013

  • Nancy H.

    My first trip to the museum so I was torn between reading everything and taking pictures - but it was a good kind of torn!

    September 29, 2013

  • Alcy N.


    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome venue great photo opportunities

    September 29, 2013

  • Gerard

    Good tour with friends. It is good to shoot something unusual.

    September 28, 2013

  • Cheryl N.

    Someone bumped my vehicle while we were eating & I'm down the road waiting on a tow.

    September 28, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Oh no!! Sorry to hear that, did you make it to the museum? Hope the damage isn't too bad. :((

      September 28, 2013

    • Cheryl N.

      No, didn't make it. Will find out how bad Monday...

      September 28, 2013

  • Henrik F.

    Yet another "unknown" place of great interest in Houston. Cool photowalk and many interesting shots to take. Thanks, Joe!

    September 28, 2013

  • Angel

    Fantastic place...full of opportunities for creativity! Thanks Joe!

    September 28, 2013

  • Dianna C.

    Breakfast was terrific, service was awesome and then the museum was really very interesting and great photo opportunities for everyone...THANKS JOE

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had been wanting to come here for some time - great chance to come and take photos!

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry about the short notice Joe, but I need to cancel due to car problems unless Bob can get the car fixed in the next hour and 45 minutes.

    September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      well the belt is intact but my cooling system has sprung a leak.

      September 28, 2013

  • Krys W.

    Would like to come to this it's it is ever repeated.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Hi, couple of notes about this tour.

    First, lots of folks haven't paid yet, lets wrap that up please.

    Another note, the museum will be conducting 2 workshops during the day which should make for some interesting shots. But they do ask that we give them a very wide birth and not directly disturb the students.

    And yet another note, if you would like to return at (or stay until) 2pm, the museum will be conducting a guided tour. This is an additional $7 per person, and you would pay that directly to the museum.

    September 20, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Quick update. I corrected the address, it was 1324 Clay St and should have been 1324 WEST Clay St. Huge thanks Gerard for alerting us to my address goof.

    September 15, 2013

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