Gutenberg Museum

Gutenberg Museum information

Mainz , Germany
Liebfrauenplatz 5
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adult/child €5/3
Opening hours
9am-5pm Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm Sun
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A heady experience for anyone excited by books, the Gutenberg Museum takes a panoramic look at the technology that made the world as we know it possible. Highlights include very early printed masterpieces – kept safe in a walk-in vault – such as three extremely rare (and valuable) examples of Gutenberg’s original 42-line Bible. Many of the signs are in English; a quarter-hour film is available in seven languages.

In the museum’s Druckladen across tiny Seilergasse, you can try out Gutenberg’s technology yourself on the condition that you’re at least five years old. You’ll be instructed in the art of hand-setting type – backwards, of course. Nearby, master craftsmen produce elegant posters, certificates and cards using the labour-intensive technologies of another age. Fascinating, especially if you grew up in an era when ‘print’ usually means ‘Ctrl+P’.