Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp

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Gain an appreciation for the history of printing at Museum Plantin-Moretus. 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 Museum Plantin-Moretus and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The entrance ticket was cheap and I was expecting a fairly small museum, but actually it was quite extensive and comprehensive. It provided a fascinating insight into both life in Antwerp during the.....  more
    The entrance ticket was cheap and I was expecting a fairly small museum, but actually it was quite extensive and comprehensive. It provided a fascinating insight into both life in Antwerp during the.....  more »
  • Worth a visit for young and old, to be reminded of the importance of the printing press and its place in history and politics. Fascinating building and the curation is very thoughtful, accessible... 
    Worth a visit for young and old, to be reminded of the importance of the printing press and its place in history and politics. Fascinating building and the curation is very thoughtful, accessible...  more »
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  • Staggeringly good. We spent at least three hours here. The building itself is fascinating, and there is far more to see and learn about than printing. A must for anyone interested in books, language, skilled craft, history and the Netherlands. The free (to borrow) guidebook (available in many languages) is one of the best I’ve ever used. Succinct, well-written and as compelling as a novel.
  • Surprisingly nice and historic museum in Antwerp. It is a printing plant and publishing house dating from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The building is of unique architectural value. It was the most prolific printing and publishing house in Europe in the late 16th century. There's a large collection of old printing equipment, an extensive library, invaluable archives and works of art, among them a painting by Rubens. And last but not least: a beautiful interior garden!

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