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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  • fascinating visit to this publishing house. loved seeing all the old type and the world's oldest surviving printing presses. fun to dress up as a printer too. you could spend all day here if you... 
    fascinating visit to this publishing house. loved seeing all the old type and the world's oldest surviving printing presses. fun to dress up as a printer too. you could spend all day here if you...  more »
  • What an amazing experience. This is a museum of printing history combined with a museum of a family's life, both done incredibly well. Everything is so well preserved, with numerous original printing....  more
    What an amazing experience. This is a museum of printing history combined with a museum of a family's life, both done incredibly well. Everything is so well preserved, with numerous original printing....  more »
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  • I almost walked past this place without noticing it all, but there were some cool woodcut images on the Building which piqued my interest so I had to go inside. There was no queue, the staff were really helpful and spoke perfect English, it was a mind opening experience and so so beautiful inside that I would highly recommend everyone going pst should pop in! It’s worth the money as you get some free prints and a free audio guide.
  • One of my favorites museum in Antwerpen, one of the ones I really wanted to go and even better I've been there. The mood inside the museum is insane, the colours and the lights are really well placed. The garden in the middle of the museum is amazing as well. The workers are super kind and funny, helped me a lot because I was going in the wrong direction of the exhibition ahah I really recommend to go there.

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