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Gutenberg Museum, Mainz

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For a glimpse of two original Gutenberg Bibles from the mid-15th century, along with a look at how Gutenberg handled printing in his time, visit Gutenberg Museum. Here, you'll learn about the history of printing, writing, and books--and you can try out typesetting and printing yourself at the museum's educational print shop. Enhance your experience with the audio tour, especially if you can't read German. See Gutenberg Museum and all Mainz has to offer by arranging your trip with our Mainz trip planner.
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  • I knew this was going to be a place of interest for me, but I didn't realize that it was going to be as interesting as it was. Amazing to think that the printing press opened the world to... 
    I knew this was going to be a place of interest for me, but I didn't realize that it was going to be as interesting as it was. Amazing to think that the printing press opened the world to...  more »
  • Enjoyed the view of history of print and the evolution of the printing industry. Excellent preservation! 
    Enjoyed the view of history of print and the evolution of the printing industry. Excellent preservation!  more »
  • Pretty cool place to come and see the history of printing. Price is €5 for adults which is not bad for a museum. Get the speakers so you can learn in English since none of the displays are in English....  more
    Pretty cool place to come and see the history of printing. Price is €5 for adults which is not bad for a museum. Get the speakers so you can learn in English since none of the displays are in English....  more »
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  • Neat and detailed history of printing, with live demonstrations of the use of a (very old, which is neat!) Gutenberg press reproduction. We found the layout of the museum a little confusing, and there were not English translations for all of the displays. We were there with kids, and the 9 year old found himself enjoying it, despite his apprehension at the start. :)
  • Excellent history lesson about a Media revolution initiated by Johannes Gutenberg's printing technology. It was said he did 180 bibles and the first 30 on parchment with the B-42 type set. No paragraphs or page numbering. Just two columns of most efficient space optimizing print. Nice print demo and a must lesson for everybody!
  • Very interesting museum and great presentation of how a Gutenberg print machine works. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend
  • It's a really cool museum and the highlights are definitely the Gutenberg Bible and the live printing demonstration. Overall, it's a museum that requires a lot of reading (kind of obvious as it contains mostly books). For grown-ups I absolutely recommend this museum. You can learn a lot of interesting information about books, printing, binding, and the development of newspapers. However, it is definitely not a museum that would be interesting to most children.
  • It was a nice activity to do in Mainz, but beware: - All written descriptions are in German. You can get an audio tour in English (they charge extra). And funny, they tried to make it some other dubbed documentaries: it starts in the local language and continues in English after a few seconds. This one too, but the German transcript takes like 15 secs. - The personnel at the front desk does not know "hospitality"—sullen-faced and description about the museum. Equivalent ones in the Netherlands or the US are much more visitor-oriented.

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