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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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  • Visited the Gutenberg Museum as we were in Mainz. It is a must as it holds a great exhibition, and two sets of Gutenberg Bibles dating from around 1455. Really lovely books but kept in very secure con...  more »
  • A very interesting Museum for all ages from elementary. Necessarily take the offered tours. Was often there and always new to learn. Very well stocked museum download
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  • I found this museum near the cathedral. Living in the US and near Yale University, I have seen their copy of a Gutenberg bible, so I was interested in visiting this museum. Outside the grounds had lov...  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.