Musee de l'Imprimerie, Nantes

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If you’ve ever wondered how and where a book is made, then Musee de l'Imprimerie is a must-see. Follow the history of printing from its early days in the 15th century all the way to the present. The power of ideas is preserved for future generations on paper with ink, so it’s only right to pay homage in a French city with a long history of the art of bookmaking. Lyon was the center of the book trade in the 15th and 16th centuries and still holds a vast collection of antique books, some of which you’ll see on display at this museum. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Nantes holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Musee de l'Imprimerie and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This visit will be best if you have someone in your group who can translate the French but even so you will get more than the gist of what is going on and see the machines in action. It was... 
    This visit will be best if you have someone in your group who can translate the French but even so you will get more than the gist of what is going on and see the machines in action. It was...  more »
  • This museum was a surprise to us, when visiting Nantes on a city trip. Not only a lot of printing machines of the last centuries, but also attentive staff which demonstrated the operation of the... 
    This museum was a surprise to us, when visiting Nantes on a city trip. Not only a lot of printing machines of the last centuries, but also attentive staff which demonstrated the operation of the...  more »
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  • Great museum to visit and get a glimpse of what paper was going through throughout the history. Enchanting little place with kind staff to show you around.
  • We went in there not knowing anything. We were surprised there was a tour of 2 hours (we first thought the guide was joking). The tour takes a long time and could sometimes be sped up a bit, but it shows the complete process of printing (and offsetting). The guide was VERY knowledgeable and clearly passionate about his craft. By demonstrating every machine you get a great insight into the process. Definitely recommended.

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