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Gutenberg Museum

Liebfrauenplatz 5, 55116 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
+49 6131 122640
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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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Liebfrauenplatz 5, 55116 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
+49 6131 122640
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Reviewed yesterday

This museum was a great surprise for me. You are able to see many of the old books in great detail. Also, the printing presses that were there were fascinating. Most of the exhibit is in English, but some of the examples are only given...More

Thank devin8339
Reviewed 1 week ago

Between the hubpndreds of books on display and the printing press exhibits it is well worth the visit. Most, but not all, of the exhibit descriptions also have English translations, which is helpful. You learn a lot about Gutenberg as well, like he was from...More

Thank ExperiencedTravelers
Reviewed 1 week ago

This contemporary museum contains a priceless collection of printed books spanning nearly 600 years. The contribution made by Johannes Gutenberg to the dissemination of knowledge is astounding. By his invention of moveable metal type, reliable printing ink and printing machines adapted from a wine press...More

Thank Angela D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice museum especially if you have a motivated guide. Good museum shop. See the demonstration of typewritting in Gutenberg's time. Could be boring for children below 10.

Thank maraquan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank 12katerina
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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...More

Thank Jackie H
Reviewed 30 April 2017 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...More

Thank shatterhand55
Reviewed 29 April 2017

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

Thank Rachel D
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...More

Thank fran b
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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Alayne D
Are they open on a Saturday?
9 May 2017|
Response from ct-cruisers | Reviewed this property |
Yes, from 9-5 on Saturday. They are open everyday except Monday
this museum sounds like our cup of tea IF we can get info in English. Is the guided tour in English? Thank you. Susan
8 November 2016|
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Response from Martina I | Property representative |
Hi Susan, thanks for you question and your interest in visiting our museum. The audio guide in English is available at a price of Euro 3.50 at the cash desk of the Gutenberg-Museum. You are asked to leave an identification... More
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Hank B
My parents visited this site and had a map printed on the actual press. This was 20 -25 years ago. It is a map of the world and my dad said the map was printed only five or so times a year. I was wondering what the map is worth and is my dad's (deceased) recollection is correct!
23 July 2015|
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Response from Martina I | Property representative |
Dear Hank, thank you very much for your question. I'm very sorry, but I couldn't find anybody, who worked here 25 years ago. Somebody had a vague memory, that a former collegue printed map on special occations only few times... More
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