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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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  • It was amazing to be able to look at 2 of the bibles originally printed by Gutenberg in the 15th century 
  • Big disappointment! The exhibition is part of an idea of the Museum at the former essentially didactic, even austere. A museum collection and not a museum experience. The worst fault of museums of art of yesterday and the day before yesterday (alas, still enough represented in German museums...) Whereas since at least 30 years it is reasonable for any Museum theme to national and international ambition in Europe, to wait an educational MUSEOGRAPHY (IE a set design, a creative staging and a sequencing of the visit all the artistic means which illustrate the connection, would put him in context, tell an understandable story for all audiences) Here are almost exclusively faced a long and disorganized series of collections under glass. (Example: the Psalter of Mainz, in a bedroom as very precious, but absolutely not present in its historical context or its issues so it is with a discreet notice). While the subject might be exciting, as long as you explain, present tools and books under glass, other types of mass media is very rare (panels, model, movies...) makes it difficult to understand the words to adults, and puts it to immediately out of reach of children, who are bored in the first minutes, the visiting complicated for all. Everything happens as if the Museum was addressing an audience mainly German and an adult, already informed about the theme and the character and already Reverend valuables (including the Gutenberg Bible) by his cultural training. And again, I say this is German-speaking, my wife is German and my young son bilingual... Example: If we had not read before and after, in books or on the internet, information on Gutenberg, emerging from the Museum yet "Gutenberg", we would not know more by entering who he was, where he came the idea of printing, what resonance was his invention, etc. A possible reason for our disappointment is we didn't have audio guide, because we do not like this way to visit not conducive to common experience, together, visiting family. And we realized that (for reasons of economy on the part of the Museum?), all seemed based on the audio guide, to the point of almost removing panels which, in a number of other museums, are alternatives or only supplemented by audio Basics elements. But we can't base a visit only on this media, at the expense of other means and perceptions! Especially for children... Most "speaking" and the (somewhat) less boring for breakfast will be been demonstrating life-size by an employee of printing a page by a replica of the Gutenberg press... and again: here too, everything is done to the old: guided and parked without too much consideration on how conference chairs, machine and public gestures far enough away from the view long preliminary speeches during which a child pick up... About the only area explicitly designated as "educational" and speaking to youth, it is a drafting table for children, apparently dedicated to group activities, by appointment (for German school?), empty and unusable when we did the tour (a Sunday). Maybe my vision is it somewhat exacerbated because I have a job related to museums and art and cultural mediation with the public, but in any case, for those who like thematic museums which constitute a real journey and an immersion, or for families who want to spend a good time together in Mainz, I would put to warn people about this museum to the well-worn and rigid design. Too bad, this theme (the book, letters, text) far from being by-itself the same austere, could be presented in an exciting way, through a rich historical context (that of the city of Mainz in the middle ages), with beautiful things (the universe of the initials and the print, etc.). A sensitivity to the writing, which is clearly lacking here.
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  • A museum that must be tasted showcase to showcase. Unfortunately you have to learn English or German. Well displayed artifacts, likewise the ticket (€ 5) is really for everyone.
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  • small but important. has valuable collection as well as exhibits to show eastern and western printing development. good for new residents of mainz to know the history of mainz. only about 5-6 eur entrance fee
  • Very interesting collection. It would be good to see a demonstration. That would bring some life to it.
  • Named after Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of printing from movable metal type in Western Europe. Gutenberg Museum is one of the oldest museums of printing in the world, located opposite the cathedral in the old part of Mainz.
  • There are lots of great activities for children and adults.
  • Everything you've wanted to know about printed media. Yes mostly in German written description but still an amazing display of early printing not only of western development. Senloe
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