Installed on the ground floor of the Alzamora Packaging building, we find a unique and very special place in our company: the Alzamora Museum. A sample of the history and evolution of graphic arts.
The originality of this museum, which is already celebrating 10 years, lies in the illusion and interest of Pere Alzamora y Carbonell, founder of the company, to collect in the same space the progress of a sector for which he feels a deep passion.
“The graphic arts in their many and varied techniques, always in evolution, have allowed to convey, in the course of history, a very important part of human communication,” says Pere Alzamora in Alzamora’s centennial book.
This museum, organized by the founder and Sebastián Vives y Oserín, an ex-employee of the company, has a unique machinery for graphic arts in Catalonia, with pieces dating from the 17th century to the end of the 20th century. In addition, it has been considered the most complete private collection of this subject in the Spanish state.
Pere Alzamora has left us something more than a testimony and tribute to the printingpress. The legacy of a profession that will always be linked to the history of our company, which already has the fourth generation in the company.
The Alzamora Museum was inaugurated in 2011 by King Felipe de Borbón, the date on which he took the opportunity to visit the facilities of our company.
A journey through the history of graphic arts
“Entering the Alzamora Museum reminds you of the smell of fresh ink, of the history of more than a century. It’s a living museum that stimulates the senses from the atmosphere it permeates, recreating all the exhibited objects that we can find in it”, Joan Basté points out in the book “Human communication through language”.
The distribution of the museum takes us to different spaces, ordered by typologies and according to the chronology of time, in order to become a didactic display for the visitor.
At the entrance to the museum, we can see a collection of printing machines from different periods. One of them is the “Columbian” manual press, patented by the North American George Climent in 1817.
Following the tour, we see a collection of electrified flat machines and then old lithographic presses, with an interesting collection of lithographic stones ready for printing.
Below there is a collection of guillotines: from 19th century manuals to motor-driven ones.
Also worth mentioning are the beautiful samples of printing works hanging on the museum walls: from advertising posters, printed matter, brochures, books or boxes, which illustrate the versatility and skill of the art of printing. In addition to a photographic sample of the evolution of the Alzamora family.
And so we could continue, explaining all the elements that are part of the journey of our museum. But we prefer that you live it and feel it in person, leaving you the best surprises for a unique experience.
Would you like to visit the Alzamora Museum? Get in touch with our team and let’s organise together a day dedicated to getting to know, at first hand, the fascinating history of graphic arts!