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Musée Gutenberg

Address
Place Notre Dame 16, 1702 Fribourg
Phone 1
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2019 Jan
  • Date de Visite
    06.01.2019
  • GPS
    46.80727 7.16176

Gutenberg Museum


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.

The entrance to the Gutenberg Museum.
The entrance to the Gutenberg Museum in Friburg

Gutenberg


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.

The famous mobile metal characters invented by Gutenberg. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
The famous mobile metal characters invented by Gutenberg.

Portrait of Gutenberg made after his death. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Portrait of Gutenberg made after his death

Access


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 parking lot of the Gutenberg Museum next to the Cathedral of Friburg the basilica with the Cathedral of St. Nicholas next to the Gutenberg Museum in Friburg

Visit


The museum has 5 levels.

Basement


The basement includes the toilets and the workshop, which is closed during normal visits and only open on special occasions.

The workshop in the basement.
The workshop in the basement of the Gutenberg Museum in Friburg

Ground floor


The ground floor includes:

  • The reception
  • The shop
  • The temporary exhibition
  • The Gemperlin Room

The reception and shop. The temporary exhibition room.
The reception and shop of the Gutenberg Museum in Friburg the temporary exhibition room on the ground floor of the Gutenberg museum in Friburg

The Gemperlin room with the wooden supporting structure of the building, an old attic dating from the 13th century.
The gutenberg museum Gemperlin room with the wooden supporting structure of the building, an old attic dating from the 13th century.

1st floor


The first floor is dedicated to the artisanal era of printing and is divided into five parts:

  1. Introduction
  2. The book before Gutenberg
  3. Gutenberg
  4. Printing techniques
  5. The letter
  6. Illustration techniques

A presentation of illustration techniques.
A workstation presenting illustration techniques on the 1st floor of the Gutenberg Museum in Friburg

2nd floor


The second floor is dedicated to the industrial era of printing, it is divided into 4 sections:

  1. The art of typography
  2. The reproduction of images
  3. The printing process
  4. Shaping and binding

The room dedicated to the industrial era of printing.
The room dedicated to the industrial era of printing at the gutenberg museum in Fribourg

3rd floor


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.

The audiovisual room and the collection of Swiss franc banknotes.
The audiovisual room on the third floor of the Gutenberg Museum the collection of Swiss franc banknotes on display on the third floor of the Gutenberg Museum in Freiburg

From the windows to the north of the building, you can see the Sarine river and the magnificent Poya bridge.

The Poya Bridge built at the beginning of the 21st century.
 The Poya Bridge built at the beginning of the 21st century from the gutenberg museum

Interactivity


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.

The juniors of the Torpille team are a bit confused in front of a… typewriter.
The juniors of the Torpille team are a bit confused in front of a... typewriter at the gutenberg museum in fribourg

Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQBsyYRJdo0

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