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Basel Paper Mill Museum

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Neighborhood: Vorstädte
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Address: St Alban-Tal 37, Basel 4052, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 61 225 90 90
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Holy moly lots to see

When you start the tour there is a gentleman showing how to make paper. I missed all of this and walked up to him a bit later and asked about it. He does not speak english but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

When you start the tour there is a gentleman showing how to make paper. I missed all of this and walked up to him a bit later and asked about it. He does not speak english but showed me how to dunk it and dry it. Was fun..took my piece of paper home. This museum does not just cover paper... More 

Thank BarnabiEnslin
The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a journalist or writer, but on a Sunday, with plenty of time, we walked to this museum. What a pleasant treat. Very well done. A great part of our history re-visited. A great couple of hours invested in the museum scene in Basel. Go see it.

Thank mikeadavis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing! We were on one of the self guided routes and popped into the gift shop--- beautiful! Decided to spend the $15 each and it was worth every penny. So interesting and provides some perspective on things we take for granted. Lots of interactive exhibits that make it fun for everyone! There is an elevator in the middle so there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must if you want to understand printing. It is beautiful and well executed with a great restaurant next door. Great for children. Great location.

Thank NC R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All about paper - history - samples - and making of! You can create paper by your own.! $The Basel paper Mill Museum is a beautiful location at the river Rhine in the city of Basel. Good Restaurants nearby.

Thank Scholarin
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an interesting place to see the history of Basel and particularly how paper was made in the past. Basel's little Venice, is it is set around a sequence of rivers. There's a lovely little cafe here too. From there walk around the river paths and see Basel's history.

Thank Paulsview
Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was really taken by surprise by the Paper Mill Museum. Its exhibitions look both at the technical side of paper production and at the cultural significance of printing through the ages. Very suitable for children as well, with nice practical activities like making your own sheet of paper or writing with quills. On the cheap side and placed in... More 

Thank Raluca P
Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

To make a short comparison, this place reminds me very much of the Unesco-listed Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, but at the same time is totally from a different world. If the Belgian "counterpart" is like a fantastic time-capsuling relic, this Basle one is a vivid thing: a well-built museum with a wealth of information in nice and welcoming settings for... More 

Thank Jaakko T
Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

we only had one day in Basel, so this place was scoped out as a site to see. did not disappoint. a real working paper mill with workers more than happy to provide help and insight. thoroughly enjoyable experience. was able to make some things - great experience for kids of all ages. was able to see them make stamps.... More 

Thank al g
Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

there is no other place like this... an old papermill, nicely renovated... it will show you exactly how paper was produced back in the days, you can do it yourself or just buy some handcrafted paper in the museum shop... such a great idea

Thank Lucas R

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