If you are interested in manuscripts, printing technologies and communication of ideas, this is an important stop
Yes, signage is German, although most have some English translation. An iPod with several short audio tours is available for rental (additional €3,50). I know there were guided tours in German and French, so English tours are a possibility.
Seeing the development from scribal manuscripts to woodblock engravings to movable type to typesetting machines gives one pause as to the value of the written word well presented
The gallery dealing with the development of movable type In the Orient (China, Japan, Korea) was fascinating,and one wonders how publishing was originally accomplished, what with the multitude of ideographic characters comprising the languages.
All in all, a great use of 2-3 hours of your time in Mainz.
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