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Imprimerie Nationale visit—SOLD OUT

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 (all day)

Workshop, collections, punches cabinet, and historical library

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Founded in 1640, the Imprimerie Nationale houses a unique collection of over 500,000 punches. Considered to be the oldest printing workshop in the world still in operation, the Imprimerie Nationale covers the entire typographic chain (design, engraving and fonts, composition and letterpress printing) and has been transmitting this know-how for several centuries.

During this one-day visit, you will discover the jewels of this collection: the historical library of 35,000 works, the punches of the Grecs du Roy by Claude Garamont, the engraved plates of the Romain du Roi, the thousands of Chinese ideograms of the Buis du Régent, engraved on wood, the historical typefaces of the Imprimerie nationale, but also its impressive collection of “oriental” typefaces, which covers 65 systems of writing, in 150 styles.


  • Price: $130
  • Seats: 40
  • Important: For this visit, Imprimerie Nationale will issue individual facility access IDs. For security purposes, you must confirm your visit by purchasing your ticket here and sending a copy of your passport to the ATypI admin staff by May 2nd.

Price includes

  • Train ride and bus shuttle from Paris Gare du Nord to Imprimerie Nationale, return ticket
  • Imprimerie Nationale visit
  • Morning coffee, lunch buffet


From Paris to Imprimerie Nationale

  • 7:20am Meet at Gare du Nord, Main Hall, at the SNCF information booth in front of main lines track #10. 
  • 7:52 – 08:58 Train ride from Paris Gare du Nord to Douai train station
  • Bus Shuttle from Douai station to Imprimerie Nationale (Flers-en-Escribieux plant) (15 min) by bus

Imprimerie Nationale visit

  • Security check
  • Coffee reception
  • Group visits of: art book and print workshop, historical library, punch cabinet (guided visits in English and French)
  • Lunch buffet on site (included in ticket fee)
  • Group visits of: art book and print workshop, historical library, punch cabinet (guided tours in English and French)

Return from Imprimerie Nationale to Paris

  • 4:30pm Bus shuttle from Imprimerie Nationale (Flers-en-Escribieux plant) to Douai train station.
  • 4:51pm – 6:08pm Train ride from Douai train station to Paris Gare du Nord