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Gutenberg Museum

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Address: 5 Liebfrauenplatz, 55116 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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+49 6131 122640

Located in the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg, the founder of the printing...

Located in the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg, the founder of the printing press, this museum displays a recreation of his original printing press and a collection of other exhibits.

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Superb venue, wonderful exhibition and demonstration, and great Bible!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 conditions! What was really informative was the lecture and demonstration provided - showing how the type was made, and how the pages were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 lovely flowers in bloom. Inside, there were plenty of displays showing the art of printing. Most signage was in German. I found it an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived early on a Saturday morning before the museum was busy, so one of the museum workers treated us to a "private" screening of the Gutenberg film and a demonstration of the printing press. It was lovely and we learned a lot. Would definitely recommend coming here, especially if you are a student, as it costs just 3 euros... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It wasn't the most exciting museum ice ever been to. Glad i went without my kids. Definitely nothing to grab their attention. Be aware that only about 20% of written information is translated to English. Much more a visual stop.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Gutenberg Museum is one of the oldest museums of printing in the world, though the museum is not very big. We had a little guided tour around the museum which was fantasit. Our girls enjoyed doing a DIY printing at the end of the guided tour. It is a very well-organised museum with some nice little touch. Well informed... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decent place, though wasn't all that clear that they didn't want you to take photographs. They can be a little blunt and found the person at the counter difficult to deal with. Does have some good items on display, and lots of old books as well.

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christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

For people interested in the story behind printing this is a worth while visit. Very friendly receptionists and people willing to give additional information.

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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We stopped here as part of our city tour of Mainz and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the museum and exhibits throughout. Our city guide gave us a fantastic explanation of the printing process. .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Could have spent longer here. Amazing array of printing presses through the ages. No photos allowed because of old books and manuscripts, but should have if no flash on camera. I took some no flash photos, espesially of the demonstrations. Lots of old printing presses and two reconstructed ones from 15th century as none survived various wars. Lots of information... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is a superb museum detailing not only Gutenberg's invention of movable type, but the history of printing that came after. Seeing an original Gutenberg Bible was an unforgettable experience. Demonstrations of how Gutenberg invented movable type are given on the lower floor on the hour. These demonstrations were only in German and our understanding was limited, but there is... More 

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