The Gutenberg Museum is a museum in the heart of the city of Friburg whose aim is to explain the different aspects of printing over time, from manual reproduction by monks in the Middle Ages to modern printing today, including Gutenberg’s invention.
Gutenberg, whose full name is Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg, is a German who lived in the 15th century and became famous with the invention of mobile metal characters that allowed text to be reproduced on paper much faster than the manual rewriting of documents as was done before. One of the first books to be reproduced thanks to this invention is the Bible.
Paid parking next to the Notre-Dame Basilica, built in the 13th century and elevated to a basilica in 1932.
The parking lot and the bell tower of the basilica with the Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
The museum has 5 levels.
The basement includes the toilets and the workshop, which is closed during normal visits and only open on special occasions.
The ground floor includes:
- The reception
- The shop
- The temporary exhibition
- The Gemperlin Room
The first floor is dedicated to the artisanal era of printing and is divided into five parts:
- The book before Gutenberg
- Printing techniques
- The letter
- Illustration techniques
The second floor is dedicated to the industrial era of printing, it is divided into 4 sections:
- The art of typography
- The reproduction of images
- The printing process
- Shaping and binding
The third floor includes an audiovisual room that presents a ten-minute film and, above all, the very fine collection of Swiss banknotes presenting the 6 series of Swiss franc notes issued since the creation of the currency.
From the windows to the north of the building, you can see the Sarine river and the magnificent Poya bridge.
Les diverses présentations sont magnifiques mais on pourrait souligner un manque d’interactivité à l’exception d’une machine à écrire en face de la réception qui permet aux enfants de découvrir cette étrange machine.