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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. Plan to visit Plantin - Moretus Museum during your Antwerp vacation using our convenient Antwerp vacation route planner.
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  • I was told this was an interesting museum but that didn't really begin to describe this wonder for museum full of some of the most wonder books. If you love a good atlas from the 17th Century, bibles ...  more »
  • I'd never heard of this place until we went to Antwerp but it was a real highlight of our stay. We spent a couple of hours here and it was quiet, aside from a noisy school group. It's also nice to hav...  more »
  • A fascinating example of a printing pioneer and his life. This was his house and workshop and mixes functionality with luxury. The oldest surviving printing presses, and examples of the print, togethe...  more »
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  • So much better than Ruben's house but the same price. Tons more to see, friendly staff, cool little gift shop and easy to spend hours exploring. Even better, you can go in and out with a wristband so you can pop out for lunch or a snack.
  • Fine museum with lots of history behind it. If you love books this place is a must in your itinerary. Visit usually takes about 1-2 hours.
  • I was dragged here by a printing fan which I'm incredibly thankful for - i wouldn't have thought to visit otherwise. The collection of presses, typesets, punches and other tools are by far the most intriguing items on display. We caught a demo of one of the replica presses around 2pm too so look out for that!
  • An essential visit in Antwerp. This inspiring and thought-provoking trip through a 16th century printing establishment is exciting and intellectually stimulating from start to finish. Of special note is the printing room and the way that you can freely browse excellent reproductions almost everywhere. Avoid the tours, but take the time to walk slowly and read all information in the excellent booklet provided. Tip: Come early in the day and start clockwise on the ground floor at number 14 instead of counterclockwise at number 1. This avoids most of the crowds and allows you to see most of the museum in peace before the tours even reach halfway.
  • One of the first printing houses in the world. Great place to learn about letterpress and the history of book design. This beautiful museum in the heart of Antwerp has just been renovated too.