Museums and Galleries Walk (Self Guided), Mainz

While Mainz is not a very large city, the area is still home to several fantastic museums. Here you may explore Germany's numerous historical, cultural and natural collections - carefully displayed in one of the many museums such as Kupferberg, Fastnachtsmuseum, Museum of Natural History and Landesmuseum.
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Museums and Galleries Walk Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walk
Guide Location: Germany » Mainz (See other walking tours in Mainz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Kupferberg Museum
  • Carnival Museum (Fastnachtsmuseum)
  • Mainz State Museum (Landesmuseum)
  • Roman-Germanic Central Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Gutenberg Museum
  • Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding
Kupferberg Museum

1) Kupferberg Museum

Kupferberg is a sekt winery which opened in 1850. The purpose of the museum is to tell the 150-year history of sekt-making. The museum also features a wide range of Kupferberg advertising from past years, including prints, posters and cards. Last but not least, the world's largest collection of sparkling wine and champagne glasses are also housed in Kupferberg.

Operation hours: Monday 5:30 pm – 10 pm; Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30 am – 2 pm; 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Carnival Museum (Fastnachtsmuseum)

2) Carnival Museum (Fastnachtsmuseum)

Fastnachtsmuseum is an unusual museum that shows the history of the carnival beginning with 1837. Each of the museum's four halls is devoted to a different period of time. The first room displays current exhibitions; the second displays carnival attributes up to World War I; the third room, the period between the World Wars; and the last room reserved for modern carnivals.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Mainz State Museum (Landesmuseum)

3) Mainz State Museum (Landesmuseum) (must see)

Landesmuseum is one of the oldest museums in Germany. It is located in the heart of Mainz, in a baroque building. The museum’s art and cultural collection extends from the prehistoric period to Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau as well as 20th century Art. The prehistoric department of the Museum collection is especially sacred, including works from about 300,000 BC to the birth of Christ.

Operation hours: Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Roman-Germanic Central Museum

4) Roman-Germanic Central Museum (must see)

The Roman-Germanic Central Museum is not only an archaeological museum but also a research institute. The multi-purpose complex is located in the wonderful Palace of Prince Electors. The exhibits cover several different time periods, from the Stone Age (more than 2 millions ago) to the Middle Ages. The museum consists of three departments: Prehistorical, Roman Times and Early Medieval Times.

Operation hours: Monday 5 am- 12 am; Tuesday 12 am-5 am/ 10 am- 6 pm; Wednesday- Sunday 10 am- 6 pm.
Museum of Natural History

5) Museum of Natural History (must see)

Naturhistorische Museum is the largest natural history museum in Mainz as well as Rhineland-Palatinate. The museum is located in a church of a former abbey. The collection includes rare tracks of dinosaurs and insects from the Permian perion on the Rhine. The museum also owns more than 20,000 ice-age animals: lions, jaguars, wolves, hippos, elks, sabre-toothed cats and quaggas who inhabited the area half a million years ago.

Operation hours: Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm; Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm; Thursday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Gutenberg Museum

6) Gutenberg Museum (must see)

The Gutenberg Museum is one of the oldest museums of printing in the world, located opposite the cathedral in the old part of Mainz. It is named after Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of printing from moveable metal type. The collections include printing equipment and examples of printed materials from many cultures. A group of citizens founded the museum in 1900, 500 years after Johann Gutenberg’s birth, to honor the inventor and present his technical and artistic achievements to the public at large. They also aimed to exhibit the writing and printing of as many different cultures as possible.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding

7) Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding (must see)

Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding is a unique museum that displays remains from five ships of the Roman era. The museum first opened in 1994 and lies in Old Town directly across from the place where the ships were discovered.

Walking Tours in Mainz, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Mainz

Create Your Own Walk in Mainz

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mainz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Mainz Shopping Walk

Mainz Shopping Walk

Mainz specialty shops are must-visit when in the area and searching for the hottest as well as most unique spot in the city. Thankfully, Mainz provides a large number of these outlets and are well worth your time. Take some time out of your vacation to enjoy all that Mainz has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Family Activities in Mainz

Family Activities in Mainz

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Mainz Architectural Jewels

Mainz Architectural Jewels

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Mainz Cultural Venues

Mainz Cultural Venues

Mainz offers a unique cultural experience that dates back all the way back to the beginning. Every epoch of Mainz history has thankfully been recorded through impressive art and is preserved today in numerous world famous museums and art centers. Theatre is another phenomenal example of Mainz culture, and evident through the plethora of plays, opera, and ballet.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Mainz Introduction Walking Tour

Mainz Introduction Walking Tour

Mainz, one of the oldest German cities, located on the Rhine River, is famous for its distinctive deep red sandstone buildings, such as the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral, Baroque style Augustinerkirche, Mainz Staatstheater and others. Architecture and history buffs will also take interest in the local half-timbered houses and medieval market squares; some buildings spanning back as far as the Roman...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles