Gutenberg Museum
Gutenberg Museum
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sue M
    Williamsburg, Virginia1,516 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Museum
    As part of our walking tour of Mainz, we visited the Gutenberg museum and our tour guide gave us a demonstration of how Gutenberg and his workers printed on a sheet of parchment. It was very impressive. I had seen a copy of the Gutenberg bible many years ago at the no longer existing Newseum in Rosslyn, VA. It was very impressive to see the copies that the Gutenberg museum had and to hear about the story of the museum acquiring a complete version at auction in 1978 for 1.8 million. Today an estimate for a complete Gutenberg bible is 25 - 35 million.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 May 2023
  • GPaCalgary
    Calgary, Canada2,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Experience
    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Gutenberg Museum. It included a full demonstration of how the printing process was completed, with some updates to include different roller types and ink that were not available when Gutenberg was alive. This was a very worthwhile stop along our tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • suntan47
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom922 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    We visited as a group from our Scenic River Cruise. We had a local guide & did a walking tour in Mainz before coming to the Gutenberg Museum. Apparently it is in the process of being moved to another area in the City . This will be better as the interior is quite dark in some areas , the exhibition although interesting will be able to be displayed much better . Fascinating to see the printing process shown by our guide . Very painstaking, it must have taken ages . Amazing to see the Bible , the work that must of gone into printing that is incredible. Good to have seen a piece of history.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,742 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Librarian's paradise
    As a librarian, this museum was a wonderful place to visit. We learnt about Gutenberg and his invention of the moveable type printing press when studying many years ago. Our guide gave us a detailed demonstration of how the press worked. Fascinating. Then we had the opportunity to see two (and a bit) of the original Gutenberg bibles. What painstaking work it must have been to produce these massive volumes. Then we had time looking at a vast array of early printed (and pre-printing) books which was delightful. Some beautiful works amongst them. Finally a flying visit to look at some of the early printing presses. And 1 minute to look at the shop. We could have spent lots more time here but our tour of Mainz meant we had other things to see. Recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Adrian C
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great insights into the first days of printing
    The museum offer some great insights into the first days of printing. It provides information about Guthemberg, you can see so.e of his works, but also what was before and what came after. There are also sections on asian and islamic printing, as well as a room dedicated to bookbinding. Make sure to rent an audioguide.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 April 2024
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,852 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz is one of the oldest museums of printings in the whole world. The building regarding that Museum is called “Zum Römischen Kaiser”. It's a beautiful renaissance edifice lying close to the cathedral in the old part of the city, whose façade is fabulous. The name of the Museum derives from that of Johannes Gutenberg, the intellectual who invented the movable metal type printing press in Europe.
The Museum houses an interesting collection of books, apparatus and machines which constitute the most interesting items there exhibited. Likewise, it includes an extensive collection of printed graphics encompassing depictions of printers and technical illustrations as well as artists' prints appertaining to diverse techniques.
It can be deemed that among the most valuable treasures of the Museum the Gutenberg Bibles are in a predominant position. The Gutenberg Bible, known as the Shuckburg Bible, in two volumes and two block books is a precious masterpiece. It was printed using wooden forms, technique which is extremely rare nowadays. The replica of Gutenberg printing press is an element of great interest. Besides, the reconstruction of Gutenberg's workshop is a fantastic art work and one of the Museum's main attractions.
Taking thus the high interest and importance of all the items which can be observed in the Museum into consideration, it's clearly the most significant place in Mainz whose visit cannot be missed while in the said city.
Written 26 April 2024
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Adrian C
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The museum offer some great insights into the first days of printing. It provides information about Guthemberg, you can see so.e of his works, but also what was before and what came after. There are also sections on asian and islamic printing, as well as a room dedicated to bookbinding. Make sure to rent an audioguide.
Written 5 April 2024
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MarieG
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Good Lord….. there was no logical order to the layout, the info and even the floors weren’t numbered so challenging all round! !
Written 2 April 2024
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p g
Canberra, Australia18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing collection of early printed material and printing technology; also covered the equally fascinating history of East Asian printing. Layout not always clear; some but not all of the information was translated into English.
Written 15 March 2024
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TravelingBum10
United States5,883 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited at night. The building itself is beautiful. I did not go inside as it’s a printing museum and I had no interest to go in and see that.
Written 7 December 2023
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Kelly B
Iowa5,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I must admit that the printing press process and history were just slightly interesting to me, even though I realize what a major advancement for civilization this was.

What I really enjoyed was seeing all the old books on display, especially the books in the vault.

Written 23 October 2023
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arumscarum
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A missed opportunity!

It started badly when we tried to rent an English audio guide and was told we needed to leave our passports, which we didn't have with us... No, we couldn't leave a credit card as surety... No flexibility or common sense here!
The layout was chaotic... No way of working out where to start. Very little English explanation on most things... But occasionally and randomly there were a few English notes.
And the lighting is so low it's hard to see a lot of the exhibits... I understand that some things need to be protected from light, but then at least write the labels black on white, not black on grey!
And why was the stained glass also kept in the dark... Baffling.
This man was incredible and changed the world There are a few original exhibits which are what learnt the 3 stars!
Written 29 August 2023
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Ciahasher
Houston, TX1,070 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I was left underwhelmed after visiting this place.
Yes, there are a few Gutenberg bibles in the museum that date back to the 1400s , but other than that, not much to see unless you know German.
Most of the display descriptions are solely in German although a few are dual language. (German/English)
You can get an audio tour in English (headphones) which I’m sure would help ..
There is also some sort of lecture they do a few times a day but I was told the one getting ready to happen was only in German.
I would not recommend unless you understand German.
Written 8 August 2023
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,742 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
As a librarian, this museum was a wonderful place to visit. We learnt about Gutenberg and his invention of the moveable type printing press when studying many years ago.

Our guide gave us a detailed demonstration of how the press worked. Fascinating.

Then we had the opportunity to see two (and a bit) of the original Gutenberg bibles. What painstaking work it must have been to produce these massive volumes.

Then we had time looking at a vast array of early printed (and pre-printing) books which was delightful. Some beautiful works amongst them.

Finally a flying visit to look at some of the early printing presses. And 1 minute to look at the shop.

We could have spent lots more time here but our tour of Mainz meant we had other things to see.

Recommended.
Written 28 July 2023
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suntan47
Chelmsford, UK922 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We visited as a group from our Scenic River Cruise.

We had a local guide & did a walking tour in Mainz before coming to the Gutenberg Museum.

Apparently it is in the process of being moved to another area in the City . This will be better as the interior is quite dark in some areas , the exhibition although interesting will be able to be displayed much better .

Fascinating to see the printing process shown by our guide . Very painstaking, it must have taken ages .

Amazing to see the Bible , the work that must of gone into printing that is incredible. Good to have seen a piece of history.
Written 26 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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