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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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  • Very nice museum. Any kind of interaction is present. A bit old looking printed booklet as manual wad actually fun. So start with audio guides. Keep as. And what a beautiful courtyard!!!
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  • We planned a short visit, but ended walking around and experiencing a one -off museum. This museum gives you a nice insight in how a successful printer organized his business and how the family was in...  more »
  • This museum is triply interesting: from an architectural point of view to see how organized a printing press at the time, from a human point of view with this ´dynastie printer and a technical to see how point of view was a former great printing museum
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A beautiful World herritatge museum that shows the revolutionary power behind printing, books and map making. Fun activity for children.
  • Good historical artifacts. First printing press on site with books (bible) produced in that time frame
  • 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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