Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany
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Sun 11am - 5pm
Tue - Sat 9am - 5pm
Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, GermanyConsidered the father of modern printing, Johannes Gutenberg was a native son of Mainz, a medieval city that’s now the capital of Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state. It was here that Gutenberg worked his magic with moveable metal typeface, and it’s here today—in a site across from the Old Town’s cathedral—that visitors can learn more about his printing advances. Included on Avalon Waterways’ Romantic Rhine-Northbound sailings, the Gutenberg Museum houses a large collection of books spanning nearly 500 years, as well as printing machines, book art, posters, paper artifacts, two Gutenberg Bibles, and other notable early printed works. The Museum itself is over 115 years old, and includes a restoration department to help keep print alive.