Swiss Paper Museum, Basel
1. Swiss Paper Museum in the Basel Paper Mill
2. Streets by the Swiss Paper Museum in St Alban
The Basel Paper Mill is high on my list of places to visit the next time I come to Basel.
They say it is a working museum which shows how paper was typically made in the 18th century, and how it is made today.
The opening hours are somewhat limited, afternoons only, Tuesday to Sunday from 2 - 5 pm. Admission costs 12 Swiss Francs for adults, 10 for students and seniors, 8 for children and 26 for families.
Here on VirtualTourist I have recently read about three other paper museums in other European countries:
VT member JLBG (Jean-Louis) wrote four tips about the Vallis clausa paper mill on the Sorgues river in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, France. In the past there were dozens of paper mills on this river, and one of them has been preserved to show how paper was made there in earlier centuries.
VT member Trekki (Ingrid) visited a paper museum called the Museo della Carta e della Filigrana in Fabriano, Italy. This museum is not only about paper making but also about the invention and development of watermarks, which were invented in Fabriano in the year 1297.
Ingrid has also posted a detailed and enthusiastic tip about Lessebo, Sweden, which has not only a paper factory but also a separate building where hand-made paper is produced using traditional methods. At Lessebo they also do watermarks and make special artistic paper using flowers or even shredded money.
The Swiss Paper Museum was opened in 1980 in the restored Gallician Mill. Visitors have the opprotunity to gain authentic, hands-on experience of ancient craftman's techniques. Children as well as adults can try the arts of papermaking and printing