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Gutenberg Museum Mainz, 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 Mainz. 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. Put Gutenberg Museum Mainz and other Mainz attractions into our Mainz itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Very interesting Museum and detail in which are preserved precious copies of Bibles.
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  • We opted for Mainz in large part for the renamed Gutenberg Museum... Closed the day of the dead while a long weekend encourages a lot of tourists to visit this site... A lot of people disappointed in front of closed doors.
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  • Admission to the museum was only 5E - but no one asked for the ticket and there were at least 2 unmanned entrances to the exhibits. As recommended by the ticket seller, we went first to the 3rd floor ...  more »
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  • The place is an absolute must see. The museum is however very unfriendly for anybody with viewing difficulties. First of all, it is very hard to read the signs that accompany the displayed artifacts, as they are placed at the far end of each display window. To make matters worse, short sighted people with no knowledge of German, have the additional disadvantage of having to read English texts in much smaller print. Due to the nature of the old books on display the entire place is very dimly lit, so do not go there on your own if you have a problem with that. On the bright side, all these old books are real pieces of art and the people at the museum are very kind and helpful.
  • Quite nice museum, and once an hour they show how the printing was done. A huge plus for showing how the printing was developed hundreds of years earlier in China, which in no way diminish the parallel invention in Europe. A huge minus though for first not offering audi guides in English, but rather "American"... then really having them in the most horrible American accent. Please understand that English is the name of the language, and use someone with a clear "Oxford" accent to do the spoken parts, just like all fancier places do.
  • A great place to go check out with the family. Regular presentation of the working printing press, one boy had the chance to get up and work the press. Lots of little things to see and discover regarding the history of printing.
  • Museum was great. They have an hourly demonstration of a Gutenberg press which they unfortunate only do in German. The museum has audio guides in some languages including English that made the visit very interesting. I docked off two stars for the rude and unhelpful staff members that work there. One of them rudely told off my partner, who is a Type 1 diabetic, for sitting on the stairs to test his blood sugar levels. Even after explaining what was happening, the staff was not apologetic at all but was still rebuking him and ordered him to sit on a chair instead. If not for the staff members, the museum was great.
  • Found it all very interesting. Could have spent more time, but guided group was rushed. Market nearby is excellent for breakfast or lunch.