It didn't take that long to get there (thank God for GPA, although it turns out I am really bad at reading the GPS in cities, and I missed several turns, so we took the long way to get there), but it did take a while to find parking, especially for 2 cars. Bob ended up taking one for the team and parking both cars in a parking garage, while we went in the museum and waited for him on a lovely heated bench.
Up another floor was what they call their "treasure vault"--the original manuscripts from Gutenberg himself, including the Bible. Now we've seen 2 of them, since we saw the one at the National Archives 2 years ago! There was also a very nice model of the town of Mainz during Gutenberg's time, and it really helped me get oriented. We could also see that these cool tower things we kept passing as we were missing turns on the way in were actually towers from the old city wall.
There was also a special exhibit about ancient printing in Asian countries--China, Japan, and Korea. They had several tables and a huge round cabinet of Chinese characters to put into rows to print off of. Very interesting!
In the middle of our tour, we headed back down to the main floor because one of the workers there had told us they would start their movie in English for us at 1:25. We had a private showing, and it was very well-done. We definitely learned more seeing it in English than we would have in German!
We drove back to the C's house (after yet another time where I ended up in the wrong lane and so missed the bridge out of the city, over the Rhein River, and had to turn around later . . .), and I was very relieved when we arrived back there with no further incidents! Whew! One day of sight-seeing down!