The American Bookbinders Museum Re-Opens May 26

in Culture

The Yerba Buena District is home to the only museum in North America dedicated to preserving and promoting the art and history of bookbinding. With exhibits and events that highlight the impact of bookbinding on the American experience, a visit to this one-of-a-kind museum will be educational, historical, and inspirational.


The museum re-opens with The Guild of Book Workers Triannual Traveling Exhibition. Opening June 2, 2021 and running through August 7, 2021, the exhibition features roughly 50 works from the Guild of Book Workers, an organization promoting the traditions of book and paper arts. A unique snapshot in time, this exhibition offers a comprehensive view into the art, craft, and skill of the Guild’s cadre of experienced member-artists. Blending both traditional and experimental materials with expert workmanship, this exhibition explores the theme of Wildlife.


The American Bookbinders Museum is located at 355 Clementina Street and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided audio tours are available during open hours and offer a leisurely, go-at-your-own pace experience approximately one hour in length. The museum shop and special exhibit gallery are free and open to the public, Thursday through Saturday.


Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+) and youths (10-17). Children under 10 can enjoy the museum free of charge. COVID restrictions are in place and visitors must wear a mask to enter the museum and be free of COVID-19 symptoms. Purchasing tickets online is highly recommended for a touch-free purchasing experience. Tickets are available here.