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“A trip in the past”

Museum Plantin-Moretus
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$71.93*
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3-Hour Private Tour with Highlights in Antwerp
Ranked #4 of 161 things to do in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed August 8, 2012

What was printing about in the early years ? How was life in Antwerp & Flanders those days ? .... All in a beautiful setting

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Enjoyed the museum but perhaps a guided tour would have made it more interesting. I wish that I had written this review when I first went as I have forgotten quite a bit.

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Reviewed July 27, 2012

Of the three Patrician Houses in Antwerp (Rubens and Rockox being the other two), I like this one the most. It's importance in European History can not be underestimated. This is a must. Oh, and you can check out the little courtyard for free. Just ask if you can have a quick peek.

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

In Antwerp we visited the Rubens House, the Rockox House Museum, and the Museum Mayer van den Bergh. But if you only had time for one, it should be the Museum Plantin-Moretus. It was the home/office/workshop of the 16th century printer Christoffel Plantin and continued by his son in law Jan Moretus and then his grandson. The 34 room home gives you a feel for how people lived and worked in the 1500’s. The excellent audio guide is a must to get the most out of your visit. The star of the tour for me was not the manuscripts, printed books, gilded leather walls, huge library, family portraits by Pieter Paul Rubens, furniture, and garden, all of which are superb. It was the room with the two oldest printing presses existing in the world (circa 1600) and the 10 tons of typeface, some of which is still in the original paper wrapping. A must see!

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Reviewed July 20, 2012

The collection of the Museum Plantin-Moretus contains not only libraries and archives, but also a rich collection of applied art and pieces about the book business. See our highlights and read more about the house and garden and the history of book printing.

Thank Carl S
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