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“Not worth it for budget travelers”
Review of Gutenberg Museum

Gutenberg Museum
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US$185.68*
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Wiesbaden and Mainz Day Trip from Frankfurt
Ranked #4 of 68 things to do in Mainz
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Exactly what the title says. Visited in January. I'm coming from southern california desert so I decided to pay the admission to come in here to duck out from the cold. But really wasn't worth the entrance fee. They don't let you take any pictures and the exhibits are really limited in scope and quantity. They do have an original guttenberg bible, but I believe there are 12 other copies, so when I found this out it took a lot out of the uniqueness from this museum. They do have student admission price but if you are a budget traveller I recommend skipping this place. You can view the museum in an hour and all that does will really just sidetrack you if you have other pressing venues on your itinerary.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

A nice museum , great exhibitions showing the history of printing , at the end of our tour there was a 10 minutes act , of how printing was done is early days , it was very nice

Thank Shadi B
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

If time is short the key points to include are the demonstration of using the press and the vault.

The demonstration is a must see to learn and understand how the printing press worked and the vault contains fascinating historical items. If you have more time there are many other items of interest to view and learn about.

Photos are allowed for the demonstration but not in vault or other places where light/flash sensitive books are located.

The shop has quality gifts and it is well worth including time to look.

Thank Sonjabs
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

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.

2  Thank Ecoguide_02840
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

The museum was fabulous -- tremendous exhibits and history of printing and printing technology. Museum easy to find and navigate. Only downside was the abruptness of the staff -- we didn't see any signs in English or German that told people not to take photos inside the museum. On the first station, we took a non-flash photo with our iPhone, and from out of nowhere this man appeared and yelled at us that there was no photos allowed. One other staff member confronted my wife for having her feet up on an Ottoman.

Nonetheless, this was a great museum -- well worth the entry fee and the Gutenberg Bibles on display were amazingly preserved and inspiring to behold.

Thank Robert L
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