Monday, March 19, 2012

Gutenberg Museum

The Gutenberg Museum is located at the center square in Mainz, Germany.

There are displays which explain the history of printing beginning with the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans and continuing into Gutenberg's printing press. There are also exhibits on book binding. It was fascinating to see Chinese wood blocks used for printing as well as writing on tortoise shells and bone. The Chinese invented movable type long before Gutenberg, but the thousands of characters required to create written Chinese made the invention impractical. Inside the museum there is a table which contains thousands of Chinese characters in movable type.
The Gutenberg Bible is the main attraction at the museum. There were also many books displayed in the museum on topics such as science, inventions, fairy tales and religion. The illustrations were beautiful.

Unfortunately photographs were not allowed inside the museum, so I am showing photos from the movable type benches outside the museum and photos I took of the postcards I purchased at the museum.
The book Breaking into Print: Before and After the Printing Press by Stephen Krensky is the perfect companion to the Gutenberg Museum. It explains the history of printing beginning with the Chinese through Gutenberg's revolutionary printing press. It is written in story format with illustrations and a timeline.

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  1. We just read about Gutenberg a few weeks ago, so this is really neat to see!

  2. This museum looks fascinating. Enjoying looking at your blog-must explore those links! You must be quite unusual as a home educator in Germany- do you get many questions?

    1. I wrote about homeschooling in Germany a little while back. The Germans tend to have a lot of questions about homeschooling and how it works since it is illegal here. Luckily there is a decent sized American community of homeschoolers here.

  3. I never thought about a book on the printing press for kids. Great way to introduce it to them. Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful field trip for your children!

  4. Wow! What a wonderful field trip! I will need to look for this book.

  5. What a wonderful experience and what a great book to use with it. Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times. We hope you will join us again next week!


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