Galison was founded in 1979 to work with museums to make artist imagery widely available in the form of well-designed paper products. Galison first published calendars and a few books before focusing primarily on fine art stationery, boxed notecards, greeting cards, personalized Christmas cards, journals, and other gift products for writers. During this time the company was known as Galison Books or GMG Publishing.
With new collections each year, Galison keeps growing in both size and the scope of its product ranges. Gifts now include porcelain trays, coasters, desk accessories, and home office products. Galison is an innovator in the puzzle and game market, which has become their biggest category.