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Basel Paper Mill Museum

St Alban-Tal 37, Basel 4052, Switzerland (Altstadt)
+41 61 225 90 90
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Ranked #3 of 80 Attractions in Basel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was a real eye-opener! We had no idea of the role that Basel’s paper mills had played in the development of the printed word. Unfortunately, although there are signs in English, there are not many detailed explanations, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the displays of paper-making, calligraphy, printing and book-binding through the ages. Every floor had a... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

As a working Paper Mill you actually gets to see paper being made, books bound, type setting and mold making and you can do some of the tasks yourself, On four floors with plenty to keep various ages occupied it's a very good way to spend a few hours (the restaurant is good too). Nothing is cheap in Basel, but... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great museum! We love making paper and then building type characters and printing on the paper with a print machine!

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The museum is just nice! you can experience the paper making with the basler cantonal watermark, printing, etc. There is also the museum tour about the balser paper history. This is also worth to visit!

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Lincoln, NE USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Had a good time visiting the museum. Learned a lot about how paper is made and printing. Would definitely recommend to all ages.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

At first I was very reluctant in going to this museum as I thought 'how can a museum about paper be interesting?' Well, the museum is well-worth the visit and it is not only about paper but the printing process as well. I also found fun to make my own paper and to seal a letter with wax. This place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Do not miss this Papermill Museum in Basel. This will be one of the highlights of your trip. The way they made paper in the olden days is quite remarkable. You also have the chance to make a piece of your own paper. Only takes about an hour to tour the museum, and then you can also have lunch at... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Exacltly the kind of historical museum i like most. It explains the basics of the making of paper & i learned a lot. then, from the basics principples, we go to more and more advanced technologies. Bonus added: on printing, making book, languages. A gem.

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Bonn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We took a private tour of the museum and it was well worth the money. Our tour guide, Bea, was amazing! She made the process of history throughout the ages come alive with her enthusiasm and knowledge. We made our own paper, used two very old stamp machines, a typewriter, and could write in calligraphy (which is also possible without... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Loved this place. We made our own paper, wrote with quills, and enjoyed learning about paper making history. As an artist I was glad to participate, and it would be really worthwhile for kids.

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