Museum Plantin-Moretus
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
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • princessebird
    Fort Worth, Texas215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and worth a visit
    An interesting mix of an aristocratic home and print house. I loved it as I love typefaces and books. My 11 year old was a good sport, but it wasn't their cup of tea. The audio tour was a little dry, but informative.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • isabel digioia
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rich history on printing
    The museum is worth a visit. It is rich in history and makes you go back in time. The paintings ,books, rooms used and especially the preserved manual equipments used in printing were all there for your eyes feast on.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 25, 2023
  • Rachel J
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-visit
    My favourite place I visited in Antwerp. What a museum! I did not expect to be as enthralled in it, but hugely enjoyed my visit to this museum. Have spoken about what I learnt and saw here for months since visiting. Make sure you go here when in Antwerp.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Johnny19039
    2,323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended!
    I had a wonderful time visiting the Plantin–Moretus Museum. It was amazing to see so many objects from the past, such as books, prints, and tools. The architecture of the building was also very impressive and beautiful. I learned a lot about the history of printing and publishing in Antwerp. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and they answered all my questions.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 11, 2024
  • Roz B
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastis few hours
    I ended up here at the end of a walking tour and was delighted to a. have the opportunity to thaw out (it was minus 6 deg outside!!) but more importantly, b0 throughly enjoyed wandering around this amazing museum which also had a fabulous drawing exhibition on. I learned so much about the history of printing and publishing and the impact that Antwerp had on the dissemination of knowledge around Europe starting in the 16th Century! It also houses a fabulous art collection including many Rubens portraits. This is a must see Museum during your stay in Antwerp
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 11, 2024
  • mathildetsd
    London, United Kingdom220 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and insightful museum, a must to visit in Antwerp
    The building is quite big and the visit lasts at least a good hour. The history around the Plantin-Moretus family is well explained and its overall very interesting. You can see how books were printed at the time and the different types of alphabet etc used.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 29, 2024
  • LebaneseCreole
    Bonn, Germany231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Didn't agree with previous hype reviews but solid in it's own right
    Read all the previous reviews and went in expecting something which was not this. It's literally that, you visit an old, cherished and historically significant printing press which is also VERY cool. Solid collection, nice history into this art that changed the world but wouldn't say it's the best museum I've ever visited, not even top 10 it would do the other great museums a disservice.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 3, 2024
  • Jacqui R
    Oxford, United Kingdom233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See!!
    A must see! Incredible history of the printed word! At one time 50 % of all Science books worldwide were printed here! My one niggle, I would have loved to have seen 'dressed' private rooms of the family, especially of the early years. This would further bring their remarkable story to life!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2024
  • Velox
    173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prepare Your Brain To Be Fascinated if not Overwhelmed
    This Museum is a true gem for anyone who thinks the advent of the internet was the first real quantum change in global knowledge sharing. The journey through the history of the Plantin and Moretus families and their desire to codify language and bring knowledge to the world is quite breathtaking. The impact on language, grammar, standardisation of script, and knowledge sharing is amazing, Equally amazing is the impact on moving business from a cottage-type business to one with offices in other countries as an early example of what would eventually become globalisation is at least thought-provoking. All the above whilst female family members were encourage to study, learn languages and take an active role in the business. This is not a history set in the 20th or 21st centuries but we are talking 1500's. Prepare to be amazed and make sure you leave enough time to visit this museum. Also leave enough time after your visit to reflect on what you've learned.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2024
  • teacherbarnes
    Brighton, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Printy.
    An extraordinary way to spend time. If you know anything about the museum, and still choose to go, then it'll be worth it - a printers' dream, so much stuff! I liked it, but the missus lost her sh** over it (in a good way): we literally experienced as much excitement as old printing works could provide.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2024
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Richard B
Oxford, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is a museum for everyone when visiting Antwerp. For full disclosure I am a letterpress printer and somewhat passionate about fine typography, and it was wonderful to see this famous printing and publishing institution preserved as it was in the 19th century. However there is so much more to learn about the role of this publishing dynasty in the dissemination of scientific and medical knowledge. Fantastic displays of ancient books, all based in an amazing house. Worth visiting the museum's own website beforehand to get an idea of just how much there is to see.
Written April 18, 2022
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Urbophile
Liverpool, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is the home, workshop and business headquarters of Christopher Plantin, an immigrant from France who established a printing and publishing business here in the mid sixteenth century. There is a highly informative audio guide (available in several languages) free with your ticket, and it is possible to leave the site and return any time the same day. We found it all so fascinating we stayed for at least two hours.You can see the printing works, many original printed and bound volumes of all kinds, two libraries, and domestic quarters of the Plantin - Moretus family. A couple of rooms house occasional exhibitions by contemporary artists and printmakers. The buildings and their enclosed gardens by themselves give a good idea of the standard of living enjoyed by bourgeois tradesmen of Antwerp in the early modern era.
Written May 13, 2022
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GAR
882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
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 early modern period, as well as life in the printing industry. The museum also houses a genuine Gutenberg bible
Written June 6, 2022
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G.B.
822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
A museum dedicated to the art of typography that is absolutely unique. The audio guide can be downloaded on cell phones and a practical booklet is also provided to guide you through the various rooms. Many of the objects present are original tools of the time, also some videos will illustrate their use. Very interesting for young and old. The staff was very courteous
Written January 3, 2022
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JPatti1
Chicago, IL215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
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 presses and their forms and letters in their original places, an incredible family library, fascinating work and family rooms and interesting displays, all set in a beautiful home. I was captivated by this museum and am eager to return as we had to shoo out too quickly as we only had arrived at 4:00 and so only had an hour to enjoy the museum.
Written October 30, 2022
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Christine C
Kortrijk, Belgium21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Alara
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I think It was a very learning trip with my school. We got to see different rooms with different memories and meanings. There is a special app that you can download where you can find different stories of that museum. And in that stories you can find different rooms where you can listen what in that room happened. We got to see a room where you find stemples that they made with their own hands ages ago. After that I got to see a printing house from the old ages and we got to print our own newspaper it was very cool . I highly recommend to go there if you are visiting Antwerp.
Written November 17, 2022
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GERtravels
Kildare87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is a great museum to suit all the family. Firstly it is Eur12 per adult and free for children under 18 so not expensive if you're a big family. The ticket price includes a complementary audio guide which explains everything you see in each room. The museum is interesting on so many levels. The building itself is beautiful and show architectural history of a wealthy Antwerp family. There are numerous original Rubens paintings. The history of print is fascinating. There is a lovely garden and a room where children can create artwork. The staff are lovely and very helpful. You could easily pass two hours here.
Written May 24, 2024
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Chooster68
New York26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
A great museum experience that can easily be completed in under 2 hours. Every room has something to see and the displays are well laid out with descriptions in English. The printing room, library, and workshop are highlights. There are video screens for those who want to delve into additional topics. There is plenty of artwork as well including paintings by Rubens and Van Dyck. An audioguide is included with admission and provides a good introduction to most of the rooms but the descriptions are relatively short and therefore not tedious. This museum is visually stunning and there is really minimal need for audio. A worthwhile visit for anyone interested in either art or history and the house itself is a marvel. I’ve visited over a hundred museums in Europe and this is a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
Written May 21, 2022
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