Museum Plantin-Moretus

Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Museum Plantin-Moretus Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum Plantin-Moretus
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Walk into the printing press and the Plantin-Moretus family home as though you were a family friend paying a visit 400 years ago. Explore the house, the garden and the press in the only museum in the world on the UNESCO World Heritage list. - the two oldest printing presses in the world and more than 20.000 lead letters - 30.000 old books, illustrated manuscripts and other treasures of European printing - a beautiful baroque garden hidden within the walls of the museum
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1-2 hours
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marc r
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one of the best museums of Antwerp
Apr 2021
One of the best museums of Antwerp. You learn about the history of printing in the world, you see the first industrial printing factory in Antwerp and you visit one of the nicest houses still existing in Antwerp that dates back to the 15the century, all in perfect condition. A must do. The whole visit takes you one hour if you read the wallpanels with comments of what you see.
Written April 14, 2021
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Christine C
Kortrijk, Belgium15 contributions
amazing Flemish and international museum
Apr 2021
I really enjoyed this museum, located in an amazing old house or houses, restored as it was in the 16th century with quaint little windows and shutters.

The exhibits are fascinating. I loved the first altlas, the Bibles, the Dutch French dictionnary. the old genuine printing presses, the manuscripts. the guides were helpful ( in 2 rooms they gave plenty of explanation.

The explanations are relevant and not too long. The inside garden is charming too.
Written April 9, 2021
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AnnefromBelgium111
Brussels, Belgium280 contributions
Real treasure trove
May 2020
For those who like to discover an 'evergreen', steeped in real history, an icon of a wealthy international port.. just go and discover the richest historical collections. Discover the exceptional Flemish names that made international science and art.Ni marketing gimmicks (so it is always quiet and serene), just the real stuff.
Written April 4, 2021
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,521 contributions
Fascinating history lesson and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Aug 2019
We found this museum while we were visiting the Vrijdagmarkt. The printing museum is a reflection on the work of two printers who dominated the town beginning in the 16th century. Mr. Plantin and Moretus modernized printing and the business was preserved and turned into a museum with more than 30 rooms.
The museum has some artwork from Van Dyck and Rubens who were contemporaries of the two principal business owners. It's a fascinating history lesson.
Written March 23, 2020
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05095coc
5 contributions
Meant for 1hr, stayed for 2hr30!
Feb 2020
A sprawling and thoroughly engrossing soujourn through the home and business of one of the earliest great printing houses in Europe. Incredibly well-preserved furnishings and interiors in a complex (itself a major attraction) that includes a 17th Century bookshop (complete with a list of banned books), a roomful of original printing presses, an extensive private library, an enchanting courtyard, salons, living rooms, and even a forge for crafting custom typesets. All of this is accompanied by an enlightening guidebook (free) and a fascinating collection of original manuscripts and archive material. A must-see.
Written March 5, 2020
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Patrick B
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK91 contributions
One of the most interesting museums in Belgium
Feb 2020
We spent more than 2 hours here, and every room was fascinating, The exhibits are clearly explained, the guides are helpful, the house itself is lovely. Learning about the development of printing, the skills involved in producing the fonts, some of which we still use today. I was particularly fascinated by the collection of maps and anatomical illustrations where the historical, economic and religious background was clearly explained.Highly recommended.
Written February 12, 2020
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Tony W
Cambridge, UK365 contributions
Really Interesting museum of printing
Jan 2020
Old books and maps printed by a 16th century entrepreneur, together with explanations of the technology that was used - well worth a look around.
Written February 10, 2020
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SamreenAhsanCanada
Toronto, Canada449 contributions
So much to learn!
Dec 2019 • Family
This is a unique experience. Even if you have children, do take them. You get to see old books since it was the first publishing house in Europe. Also, the first Dutch dicisbjeot there, along with first book of math containing Pythagoras theorem. You can see their press where they have hundreds and thousands of fonts and sizes and you realize how difficult it was to print a single book. Must see place for everyone. Also, they have a beautiful library
Written January 15, 2020
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vamsally
Seattle, WA697 contributions
Fascinating place
May 2019
If you are even remotely into books and printing, you can spend an entire day here. The museum is composed of more than half a dozen houses connected together with treasure trove of old books, printing history.
Written January 11, 2020
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Jacob Wardamse
Dublin, Ireland62 contributions
A history walk through the medieval Central European city life
Sep 2019
I was expecting a tiny dusty old museum, but what it happened to be was a gigantic house around a central courtyard, telling you a story of a medieval city merchant and how he and his family went along with their business for the next 200 years. Beautiful, atmospheric, family and kids-friendly. Not fully accessible by wheelchair users as far as I recall it- upper floors are stair-led, but that's what could be expected of a medieval merchant's house. You would need at least 2 hours to appreciate the whole place, but it would be time and money well spent.
Written January 4, 2020
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