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“Very interesting, but it needs to be improved”
Review of Gutenberg Museum

Gutenberg Museum
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$188.43*
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Wiesbaden and Mainz Day Trip from Frankfurt
Ranked #4 of 67 things to do in Mainz
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 27, 2013

This could be one of the most interesting places you will ever visit - a museum devoted to Johannes Gutenberg, who invented moveable type in the fifteenth century and transformed the way books were produced. There are a series of exhibitions on printing through history, and the museum contains three of Gutenberg's surviving Bibles (kept on display in a walk-in safe on one of the upper floors).

The first section has extensive descriptions in English, but they just give up after that and you're left to puzzle over dense German text. It's a shame, as I felt I could have learned a lot. And the whole place is overrun with school groups, generally wishing they were elsewhere.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We really enjoyed the main part of this museum which held our attention especially, with the high quality translations in that area. However other parts of the museum on the history of printing etc were less entrancing, and the descriptive material was only in German, which we can just about read but failed to hold our attention.

Definitely a place to visit.

Thank Moira54
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

very interesting and was where printing was invented. Just off the DOM square and well worth a quick visit

1  Thank Kawa47
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

To be honest, this was something I didn't exactly volunteer to go through. Though it was slightly interesting, overall it was pretty boring. Basically the museum was dedicated to the first printing presses and everything that came with it. Lots of old books and printed pages. A quick walk through is all that is needed in my opinion. The only upside was that there is a brief demonstration of the print. They always ask for a volunteer and that person gets a free large old style print that they hand made themselves, so I would volunteer if I were you. Otherwise it costs 10 euro for a print that someone else has made.

Thank Mike R
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Loved going to this musuem and being able to get audio in English made the experience so much more enjoyable. So informative and interesting and people were helpful and friendly.

Thank GlenyssAustralia
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