The Hands-on Museum
Clay tablets - Scrolls - Codices: How old are our books?
Books are one of humanity's most important cultural assets. But when did books first appear in their current form? What did people write on before, and what kind of writing instruments did they use? There are plenty of unusual things to discover on the thousand-year journey from papyrus scrolls to bound books!
Activity: In the museum gallery you can try your hand at writing hieroglyphs with a reed pen and rushes as a way of getting to know earlier writing cultures. We also present monastic inscription (which was written using goose quills) and allow you to make stone-age drawings with natural earth pigments.
Age: from pre-school
Curriculum link: History, art
Information and reservation:
Phone: +49 341 2271-324
Information German Museum of Books and Writing
- Clay tablets - Scrolls - Codices: How old are our books?
- Children's books throughout history
- Paper folding
- Matchstick men and flip books: a serious guide to a fun topic
- Child's play with paper: Paper and papier-mâché
- The art of calligraphy
- From papyrus to paper
- Nature printing
- Home-made decorated paper
- From pages to books: A step-by-step guide to bookbinding
- 24 dots and dashes: Chinese script
- Black on white: book printing
- The Book of Books: The Bible
- The medieval book
- The book city of Leipzig
- Short history of handwriting
- Typography: The ABC of typefaces
- How are book illustrations made?
- Family Sunday
- Creative workshop
- Holiday programme
- Museum Trunk
- Welcome! The Hands-on Museum
- Creative programme for the over-60s
- Guided tours for children
Last update: 23.6.2017