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Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp
(4.7/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It was already a top museum in its genre, but it's even better since the renovation. I can only express my admiration
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  • Usually museums tend to get boring, however not this one. There are more than enough interesting descriptions and details to keep the attention. Great overview on the development of printing we tend t...  more »
  • Via TripAdvisor ended up here. Really beautiful museum in very old building. It describes the life of the family of printers in conjunction with an exhibition on printing. Sounds a bit boring but that's it. The Interior is gorgeous and recently restored. Really worth spending 2-3 hours to wander around. Highly recommended.
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  • 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.
  • If the museum was not a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I probably wouldn't have planned to go. But, as it turned out, it was a fascinating place and is a must-do in Antwerp. The history is really interesting and there is a lot to see from the original printing days. The building itself and the interior designs are also beautiful. The audioguide is excellent and I would recommend getting one.
  • Was having great expectation bit it was closed..... Should have checked the official website instead of trusting Google....
  • Interesting museum about the history of manual printing. Beautiful and we'll preserved building, nice experience of the museum with Antwerp's museum app
  • nice museum but even after the renovation it still holds great additional potential to make it more interactive.