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Workshops & Educational offers

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    Please note that the visit to the Print Shop is currently subject to the official regulations to combat the corona pandemic. The max. permissible group sizes for certain event formats can therefore differ. You can find the currently valid hygiene and conduct rules here.

Offers for children and families

For families and children from the age of 6.

Family afternoon

Every first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. “Of dancing letters and colored leaves. Exciting children's tour from A to Z with printer's ink and magical books in the realm of black art“. For children from 4 years of age and their parents (with printing campaign).

Meeting point: 4 p.m. at the museums box office

Costs: Mobile printing workshop: printing in the foyer of the Gutenberg Museum; Participation fee: €4.00 per child (guided tour and printing), reduced admission €3.50 for parents and accompanying relatives


Offers for groups, school classes and daycare centers

For adult groups as well as school classes of different ages (6-14 years of age) and daycare centers.

Printing and typesetting

Particularly suitable for private groups: after prior registration, groups of 6 people or more (up to a maximum of 15 participants) can make extensive use of the printing shop's workshop under the guidance of our expert staff. Print our existing or your own motifs, set them with wooden letters or use the frottage process.

Dates: Mon, Thu: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (daycare centers only on Mondays)

Duration: 1.5 hours

Costs: Workshop fee children €3.00 / students €4.00 / adults €5.00

Special requests and extra materials on request (special conditions for companies apply)

Combined workshop "Print Shop"

Particularly suitable for school classes: the focus of the workshop is on the basic principle of hand typesetting and its implementation in hand press printing. One-hour guided tour through the permanent exhibition of the Gutenberg Museum with a printing demonstration at the reconstructed Gutenberg press, followed by practical work in the printing shop (1.5 hours): The basic principle of manual typesetting is made tangible using wooden letters, and there is also the option of indicating Manual presses and multi-color printing of printing blocks on the toggle press.

This program is supplemented by another printing technique (e.g. frottage). The offer is rounded off by an indoor or outdoor rally (1.5 hours) on Gutenberg's life and work in Mainz and the rest of the world.

Management: Tour guides from the Tourist Service Center

Duration: 4 hours | Max. 30 participants

Dates: Tue – Fri: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or Tue – Thu: 1 – 5 p.m.

Costs: €120.00 (fee for guided tour and supervision by the tour guide), an additional €1.50 per pupil (museum admission) and €3.00 (workshop fee). Foreign language plus €20.00. Two accompanying persons are free of charge.

The artistic products of the combination package can be picked up one day later (Monday to Friday) in the Print Shop. The shipping costs to Germany are €11.00, to other European countries between €24.00 and €70.00.

Combined workshop "Miniature / Book illustration"

Particularly suitable for school classes with children from the age of 8: the focus of this workshop is on the different types of medieval book illustration. One-hour guided tour through the permanent exhibition of the Gutenberg Museum with a special focus on illuminating and printing demonstrations at the reconstructed Gutenberg press, followed by practical work in the workshops of the museum (1.5 hours): Why does every Gutenberg Bible look different?

With the help of examples, the students get to know the different types of book illustration and thus find out why early printed books were always unique. Then they design their own page of the Gutenberg Bible. The program is rounded off by an indoor and outdoor rally (1.5 hours) on Gutenberg's life and work in Mainz and the rest of the world.

Please note that the school class will be divided after the joint tour.

Management: Tour guides from the Tourist Service Center

Duration: 4 hours | Max. 30 participants

Dates: Tue – Fri: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Costs: €120.00 (fee for guided tour and supervision by the guest guide), an additional €1.50 per pupil (museum admission) and €3.00 (workshop fee). Foreign language plus €20.00. Two accompanying persons are free of charge.

The artistic products of the combination package can be picked up one day later (Monday to Friday) in the Print Shop. The shipping costs to Germany are €11.00, to other European countries between €24.00 and €70.00.

Combined workshop "Kanji"

Suitable for students from 14 years of age: The workshop conveys the connection between the meaning and aesthetics of Asian characters. One-hour guided tour through the permanent exhibition of the Gutenberg Museum: Particular emphasis is placed on the Chinese sentence circle, which is used to illustrate foreign language printing with lead letters, followed by craft practice in the museum's workshops (1.5 hours):

After an introduction to the basic system of Chinese characters, which are also used in the Japanese written language as so-called 'Kanji', the students are introduced to their own writing exercises with brush and ink. The highlight of the exercise is the creation of your own calligraphic poster. The program is rounded off by an indoor and outdoor rally (1.5 hours) on Gutenberg's life and work in Mainz and the rest of the world.

Please note that the school class will be divided after the joint tour.

Management: Tour guides from the Tourist Service Center

Duration: 4 hours | Max. 30 participants

Dates: Tue – Fri: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Costs: €120.00 (fee for guided tour and supervision by the tour guide), an additional €1.50 per pupil (museum admission) and €3.00 (workshop fee). Foreign language plus €20.00. Two accompanying persons are free of charge.

The artistic products of the combination package can be picked up one day later (Monday to Friday) in the print shop. The shipping costs to Germany are €11.00, to other European countries between €24.00 and €70.00.

Short combined Workshops "Print Shop", "Miniature / Book illustration" or "Kanji"

Especially for groups with max. 15 participants: shortened version of the three combination packages print shop, illumination / initial and Kanji. One-hour guided tour through the permanent exhibition of the Gutenberg Museum with a printing demonstration at the reconstructed Gutenberg press, followed by craft practice (1.5 hours) in the printing shop or in the museum's workshops.

For the respective contents, please note the descriptions of the combination packages print shop, book illumination and Kanji.

Management: Tour guides from the Tourist Service Center

Duration: 2.5 hours | Max. 15 participants

Dates: Tue – Fri: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (till 5 p.m. in the Print Shop)

Costs: €100.00 (fee for guided tour and supervision by the tour guide), an additional €1.50 per pupil (museum admission) and €3.00 (workshop fee). Foreign language plus €20.00. Two accompanying persons are free of charge.

The artistic products of the combination package can be picked up one day later (Monday to Friday) in the print shop. The shipping costs to Germany are €11.00, to other European countries between €24.00 and €70.00.


Individual offers

Individual offers for individual visitors and groups. Topics and dates can be agreed with us.

Special guided tour through the permanent exhibition

One-hour guided tour through the permanent exhibition with a printing demonstration at the reconstructed Gutenberg press and, on request, with different focuses.

Dates: by appointment within the regular opening hours of the museum | Max. 25 participants

Costs: €80.00 plus museum admission (foreign language plus €10.00)

Tour through the permanent and special exhibitions

On request, our exhibition curators will guide groups of visitors through the permanent exhibition and the current special exhibitions of the Gutenberg Museum.

Dates: On request

Duration: 1 hour | Max. 25 participants

Cost: € 110.00 plus museum admission

Printing and typesetting for individual visitors and small groups

Individuals and small groups up to max. 5 participants are able to use under the guidance of our expert staff the printing shop's workshop for one hour, e.g. Print  existing or your own motifs, set them with wooden letters or use the frottage process.

Dates: Mon, Thu: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri: 1 – 5 p.m; Sat: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (without prior notification as part of the “open workshop” of the Print Shop, duration max. 30 min); short-term appointments may also be possible at other times

Costs: Workshop fee children €3.00 / students €4.00 / adults €5.00. Special requests and extra materials on request (special conditions for companies)

Printing and typesetting for experienced adults

Printed matter such as business cards, wedding or birthday cards set and printes by yourself with expert help. You can discuss your individual ideas and projects with the workshop staff at the printing shop.

Dates: On request

Costs: On request

Print jobs

Our employees are happy to accept orders for your printed matter (e.g. business cards, wedding cards, certificates, etc.) after consultation and individual appointments.

Dates: On request

Costs: depending on the effort (the contribution towards expenses is used to maintain the printing workshop)


Events and workshops

Print Shop à la carte - Individual evening event

The print shop can be rented as part of an evening event for special occasions - for example for private parties, birthdays or company celebrations in an unusual setting. You can receive tips and suggestions for any occasion from us. You also can coordinate with us any activities (e.g. manual typesetting and press printing demonstrations or guests' own activities in the printing area). You organize the appropriate catering and the disposal of the resulting waste yourself.

Dates: by arrangement, bookable from a duration of 1.5 hours | Max. 20 participants

Costs: from €175.00 (special conditions for companies). Additional participants as well as extra materials and any preparatory work as well as foreign language support by arrangement and at an additional cost

Collection of the work from Monday to Friday in the print shop.

Loan our mobile printing press

The printing shop makes typesetting materials and printing equipment available on loan to interested schools and other institutions. Please note that a one-hour briefing by our employees is mandatory (in the print shop and only with prior appointment): We will demonstrate how to use the manual press and you will familiarize yourself with the work materials.

You transport the equipment there and back at your own risk / insurance; you need a car for this.

Lending period: 1 - 5 days (including collection and return) or by arrangement

Costs: €100.00, each additional day €20.00 (plus deposit €50.00)

Lending to companies and private individuals only after consultation and with special conditions

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