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“Hand made paper museum” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Museo della Carta

Museo della Carta
Via delle Cartiere 23, 84011 Amalfi, Italy
39 089 83 04 561
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Ranked #7 of 16 Attractions in Amalfi
Type: Museums
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Ledbury, United Kingdom
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“Hand made paper museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This is one of the oldest paper mills in Europe and was still producing hand made paper (commercially) until the middle of the twentieth century.

It's a fascinating tour (just over half an hour) and you can buy some beautiful hand made paper at the end.

Visited January 2014
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

A lovely little place to go! Its about a 20 minute walk up from the main square but a must see. Its a great little place, and the tour is really interesting. There is a shop attached to the papermill where you can buy things made from Amalfi paper. The walk there is uphill but its not a steep hill and you get to pass lots of different buildings and businesses on the way. Defintiely worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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“Fascinating museum, Guide hard to understand”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This museum is an authentic paper mill from hundreds of years ago and, during the tour, one learns an enormous amount about how paper was made in the Middle Ages out of cloth scraps.
There is a wonderful shop in the front of the museum in which to buy writing implements and fine paper of various types. I discovered a sheet with a description of my zodiac sign on a small piece of fine paper, way overpriced at 5 Euros, but so amazingly accurate, even if the English was not perfect, that I had to have it. It is now on the door of my refrigerator.
We waited a while for an English tour guide to be available.
The guide we ended up with delivered the descriptions in both English and Italian. Unfortunately, his English was not terribly clear and I had to ask many questions and bridge the gaps in understanding myself when the guide was not taking questions.
There are signs throughout the museum, though, to aid in interpreting the uses for the various pieces of machinery.
The first room features a display of many types of fine paper with beautiful flower arrangements pressed into them.
Then, one descends into the basement to view the machinery of yesteryear.
After viewing the various types of pounders and presses, there is an actual demonstration of how paper was made involving a member of the audience.
The member of the audience chosen was someone from our group, who, while dipping the screen into the vat, was horrified to be casually informed that the mixture she was dipping into was composed of beaten fabric scraps, chemicals and urine (the last ingredient was present in the original process but not actually in the blue goo being scooped up in the demo, we later learned. Forewarned is forearmed if the person chosen happens to be you or a family member).
Then, one emerged from the basement and was shown the water source and how it was harnessed.
Another room had displays of how the papers were dried and how the flowers were pressed into them.
The last stop was back at the shop.
This was a very informative little museum and I enjoyed it.
I would have given it a 5 were it not for the mumbling guide.

Visited October 2013
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Portland, OR
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“Great little hands-on museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The whole tour takes maybe 40 minutes, which is just long enough. There are very cool, old mechanisms of the paper mill, and then there are beautiful cards for sale in the gift shop. Especially nice on a cloudy day....

Visited September 2013
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“Small and quaint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

My fiance and I stopped in the Museo della Carta on a rainy day in October and really enjoyed it! I can be highly picky when it comes to museums where I can't touch things, but this place was great... We learned the history of handmade paper and I even got to help make some with the tour guide. Worth the walk up Amalfi to see, takes about an hour if you arrive when a tour is starting. (Tour was in English, too!)

Visited October 2013
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