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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  • August 14, 2017
    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 »
  • August 12, 2017
    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 »
  • August 11, 2017
    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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  • July 26, 2017
    An amazing opportunity to learn about how books were made at the dawn of the publishing industry. When we were there they even had a table set up where we could make our own paper!
  • July 21, 2017
    Very interesting place. You discover a lot from the printing and book publishing world. They lend you a complete book guide for visiting the museum.
  • July 28, 2017
    A beautiful World herritatge museum that shows the revolutionary power behind printing, books and map making. Fun activity for children.
  • June 27, 2017
    Good historical artifacts. First printing press on site with books (bible) produced in that time frame
  • March 5, 2017
    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.

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