The Basel Paper Mill (German: Basler Papiermühle), also known as the Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing (German: Schweizerisches Museum für Papier, Schrift und Druck) in Basel, is primarily dedicated to papermaking, the art of book printing and writing in general. Through a combination of pictures and objects, visitors gain insights into the old artisanal techniques of dipping paper, printing and bookbinding.
The museum is located in a carefully restored building that began its life as a paper mill 500 years ago. It is a heritage site of national significance.
|Tuesday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||1:00 – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Elaina Davis | Apr 15, 2018
This is one of the best museums I have ever been to. The museum is an actually working paper mill, allowing visitors to see the exact processes by which paper is made. All of the workers that I spoke with seemed extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the mill. They were happy to answer any questions that my group had. The displays are also well organized, informative, and interesting.
Laura Zaugg | Feb 2, 2018
A great museum to spend a rainy afternoon with your kids at (or even without). You will learn a lot about the process and the history of paper making. And have fun while doing so.
Daniel Pratt | Jan 1, 2018
The Basel paper mill is a great gem of a museum. The exhibits are very informative, between learning about the paper making process and the printing press, there are quite a bit to see in this tiny museum. On top of that the staff are very friendly and helpful. Would recommend!
Paul Chapman | Feb 23, 2018
Although it is a brillant museum there are two important issues. Firstly the pre-school children are charged 9SF even if they have age ID. My 5yo Swiss grandson's ID was pefunctorily dismissed even though the entrance sign says that the little ones go free. Then there are the automatons who perform the children's workshops unsmilingly silent and seemingly bored. I wanted to try tiger eye marbling but was told off for using one more than the three pigment sprinkles so I felt that the automaton was not programmed for communication. And where there were no automatons there were no people to explain. Such a shame since the student papermaker I met was chatty and friendly....like an earlier ex PaperMuseum student who taught me papermaking in Tokyo. The museum has a culture problem....the staff were bored stiff and uncomunicative, even to the 5 year old. But the exhibits are great....really appreciated aerostatic Blanchard paper and the gas ballooning Richard papermaking machine. Please get a new management and retrain the staff..the museum deserves better.
Dominique Vocat | Apr 4, 2018
Hands on experience in paper making. Located in the historic area where water power was used to make paper for printing books etc. Following the Gutenberg revolution the spot was an epicenter of printing featuring the oldest publishing house in the world (Schwaben Verlag) and location of the first printed anatomy book.
David Trobisch | May 22, 2018
Extraordinary interactive experience, very appropriate also for children and young adults. Next to museum grade rate items documenting the global history of paper and paper making. Five stars.
Matthew Flood | May 19, 2018
Awesome museum! Fun experiences, making paper, dying paper, printing... And though it may sound boring, it is actually fun to learn the history of paper and everything that goes into/onto it.
SS Hussain | Jul 4, 2018
Interesting history, you get to make your own paper and use the machine to add a watermark feature and print your name
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