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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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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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christchurch, New Zealand
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christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Thank Gerda P
San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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. .

Thank ntflady
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank coolcatToronto
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For those planning to visit Germany as part of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's stand in Wittenberg, don't forget Mainz and Gutenberg. The development of printing was of course something that helped to spread Luther's message. It was great to see original Gutenberg bibles at the museum (upstairs in the strong room), and there is much here for those... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a privilege to see the original Bible printed in the 1400's. This museum is definitely worth visiting. I did not rent the audio guide and probably should have. I think I would have got more out of the visit. But the collection in this museum is first rate and very impressive. Everyone should remember what life was like... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Printing sounds sort of boring, but I found this museum very fascinating. There we saw one of the first printing presses demonstrated, as well as two of the original "Gutenberg Bibles". While these were, for me , the highlights. The history changing advances and dissemination of ideas brought about because of this invention, are truly mind boggling. The use of... More 

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Mainz, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellently organized small Museum presenting the life and achievemens of Gutenberg who invented printing and summarizing the early days of book-printing. Definitely worth visiting.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the museum as part of research for a forthcoming book. It was excellent. Staff were exceptionally friendly and accommodating. The exhibits were outstanding and I learned a lot. Would love to visit again.

Thank Karie_WM
Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This is a great way to see a pivotal part of history. Very well displayed with sufficient information and a lovely restaurant.

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