Muzeum Kutná Hora

Gutenberg Printing House

The Gutenberg Printing House

Starting April 2019, Museum Kutná Hora is opening a new exhibition called ‘History of Printing in Kutná Hora’. The exhibition is located on Barborská 30, the main tourist route directly opposite the Czech Museum of Silver.

The exhibition is in both Czech and English. Visiting the exhibition will take you approximately 25-30 minutes. If you are willing you can take part in our workshops and creative trainings trying out past technologies and creating your own original souvenir, allow at least 2 hours for the experience. In this case, advanced registration is required.You will learn many interesting things when you visit this exhibition. You will discover whether researchers in the 19th century found reliable evidence that suggested that Gutenberg, the inventor of a revolutionary method of printing, worked in Kutná Hora. You will find out why naked Eve, as seen in the Kutná Hora Bible published by Martin from Tisnov, later wrapped her loins in a skirt. You will explore whether the rebel Karel Havliček Borovský owned a printing house in Kutná Hora, why fires changed the town’s history of printing, and what problems printers’ widows had to solve. You will also learn how the last owner of Kutná Hora printing house, a place with almost two hundred years tradition, alchemist Count Felix Achille de la Cámara, tragically died.

The exhibition was initiated by a family printing house GRAFIA GRYČ with almost a hundred-year tradition, where the craft has been passed down from father to son for more than four generations.

The exhibition displays pieces of equipment such as printing presses, bookbinding tools, and other instruments that represent the period from the invention of letterpress until the beginning of the 20th century. The museum collection includes a unique typecasting machine called ‘Intertype’, several mechanical manual presses, and much more. One piece is a replica of the medieval printing press used by Gutenberg and Martin from Tisnov while printing the Kutná Hora Bible. In 1489, the Kutná Hora Bible was published in Kutná Hora. This book, rich in content and illustrations, belongs to one of the most significant first prints in the world. A facsimile of the Bible is also a part of the exhibition. Visitors can perceive history with all their senses with the use of light and shadow, acoustic effects like the sound of running machines, and the smell of printer ink. Free access to printing presses, books, and prints enables visitors to physically examine the most significant and special parts of the printing and bookbinding craft.

The exhibition will be interesting not only for book lovers. All the exhibits are full of stories, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but above all interesting for people of all ages. Come and be part of an unforgettable experience!

If you are willing to spend more time with us trying out past technologies through hands-on workshops and creative training and creating your own original souvenir, allow at least 2 hours for the experience. In this case, advanced registration is required. This exciting tour is available for individuals and groups. We look forward to seeing you on opening hours Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 16:30 for general admission. By request only, guided tours with an instructor can be experienced on weekends and holidays. Maximum capacity of the exhibition: 12 people. Groups can follow each other one by one, making a capacity of 36-48 people per hour.

Prices

General Admision

100 Kč (4€) 

Concession (children, students with an ID, pensioners)

50 Kč (2€)

Family ticket (2 adults, max. 3 children)

200 Kč (8€)

Kids up to 5yo with 1 adult

FoC

Opening Hours

March 1st ~ October 31st
Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm

December 1st ~ February 28th
for groups only when booked in advance.

Weekend guided museum tours must be booked in advance.

Closed in November.

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Contact

KNIHTISKÁRNA
Muzeum Kutná Hora o.p.s.
Barborská 30, 284 01 Kutná Hora
tel: 734 157 880
info@muzeumkutnahora.info
www.muzeumkutnahora.info