Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp

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Gain an appreciation for the history of printing at Plantin-Moretus Museum. Housed inside the former residence and printing house of one of Belgium's great printers, the museum was formerly Plantin Press, where Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus produced some of the country's earliest printed materials. The museum's history, as well as its collection of typography, has garnered it World Heritage Site recognition. The press itself opened in the 16th century and continued to function until the 19th century, printing texts and books as well as advertisements and art prints. You can discover some of the rare printed artworks in the print room exhibit. Presses and other tools of the trade are exhibited as if waiting to begin work the next morning. Rent an audioguide during your visit to get more insight into the exhibits on your self-guided tour. Take a look at our Antwerp trip itinerary planning website to schedule your visit to Plantin-Moretus Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I just came along because my wife wanted to. Not really a museum person. But WOW, once I stepped foot into the building, it drew me into the amazing history and activities of the original site. The am...  more »
  • This museum is one of the top ten museums IN THE WORLD and will interest everybody : is is a historical house, it was a workplace during centuries, it has a wonderfull collection of book and prints an...  more »
  • Our plans for the museums of Antwerp were rich. We started from the Pnantin-Moretus Museum and ... that we have completed. We went in the morning and we went out, as I have already shut. A fantastic place. I felt like at home by going from room to room. Rich and interesting exposition and to the presentation of the performing of engravings. I highly recommend.
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  • A lot of people say that they go just to see the building, but I found the exhibits very interesting as well (and it takes a lot to hold my attention), possibly because I worked in journalism in school. But it's amazing how much of an impact Antwerp had on the printing industry. And yes, the building is beautiful too.
  • The museum is located in the old house of this printers family. It is impressive in itself. The circuit allows to understand how print worked at the time. Great collection of books from the period.
  • Awesome museum with a friendly staff and the place and exhibits are also really well organised.
  • Great to see the history of printing come alive before our very eyes... Downside was overzealous security staff hovering over our every move to ensure we didn't touch anything...
  • You'll thoroughly enjoy it if you have an interest in the history of Antwerp, printing and publishing and information exchange in the Renaissance. All museum placards are written in Dutch, French and English.

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