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Gutenberg Museum

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Address: Liebfrauenplatz 5, 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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Interesting museum

A very well organised museum. It is worth paying it a visit once you sre in Mainz. If you have enough time, you can take the audio tour that will help you understand the exhibits.

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Heraklion, Greece
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very well organised museum. It is worth paying it a visit once you sre in Mainz. If you have enough time, you can take the audio tour that will help you understand the exhibits.

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Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Mainz and stumbled across this gem. Didnt even know it was actually here that the very first mechanically printed document was made - the Gutenberg Bible (there are 3 copies in the musuem). Takes you from the first written documents through to modern day printing. As a graphic designer I was fascinated. Very Impressive. AND just nearby is an... More 

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Frimley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is no doubt an important Museum, but it is a little bit dull. The 'vault' where they keep the bibles is pretty cool and there is a printing press that you can have a go of. €5 for adults to get in - so it doesn't break the bank.

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An impressive museum with 4 levels (or so). Tip: take the audio tour, which will help you to focuss on the essentials.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

... but could do better on translating everything at least in english. Also the descriptions and explanations given are a bit too short. I felt like I could have learned much more instead of just looking at the fabulous books and machines exposed with a novice eye.

Thank fran b
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

The museum is worth visiting - chock full of printing history and its paraphernalia. The Gutenberg bibles on display was a definite eye opener and a must-see. 5 levels to explore and a live demonstration(in German)on printing the old way at the lowest level.

Thank Tongtonky
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

The amount of old machinery and books was surprising. The entrance fee was only 10 euro for 2 people, and it was worth every cent. We even got a short exhibition in German/English of how early printing was done, with a staff member using a piece of old (replica) machinery.

Thank Heist79
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

You can visit the museum (it is located very near the cathedral of Mainz, which you must not skip in any case), but only if you want to be acquainted with the history of the bookprinting. On the identity of its pioneer you won't get any special ideas. Even if the museum possesses something of Gutenberg's personal belongings and archive,... More 

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

An incredible collection of printed works(both historical, contemporary, and global in scope) is presented in a confusing and uninformative way. I left the building knowing almost nothing about the beautiful pieces. The very few labels did have some English translation but so much more could have been done to aid the foreign visitor. Finally, the guards should be trained to... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Remember on Sundays it opens at 11am. We first attended Mass in the cathedral opposite. They had a huge choir and was very peaceful. We did the quick tour using the audio. Highly recommend if you are rushed for time. The highlight is seeing an original bible. So special as there are only 49 of the original 180.

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