My first trip to the historic / legendary / incredible Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers Wisconsin. On our way through Wisconsin we passed close enough (about 1.5 hours out of the way) to justify finally making the detour to visit.
We came on a slow day, it was just our tiny group of three and one volunteer at the museum. The museum (former factory) is huge. They have over 1.5 million pieces of wood type, several working presses that are still in use, and all the tools and equipment used to make new wood type – also still in use! The staff and volunteers are happy to take you around and explain everything in a nice way that even non-type people can appreciate.
So, if you ever find yourself in Wisconsin you really have to make the trip to visit Hamilton. You should go soon too… you never know how long a place like this will be around. And incase you need more motivation or better excuses to go: they regularly have public workshops for you to play with things, or you could always attend their epic Wayzgoose workshop that takes place every autumn. I haven’t been yet, but there are always great stories from it.