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Museum Plantin-Moretus

Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
+32 3 221 14 50
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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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Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
+32 3 221 14 50
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

This is an excellent museum, whether you're interested in printing or not. The scale of the collection is mind blowing, as is being able to see very rare works. The building itself is of interest, even more so when you consider the activities that went...More

1  Thank rednotdead
Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

Informative and interesting visit. Will never look at Garamond the same away again. Everything you would want to know about the origins of printing and its evolution. Houses an extensive collection of portraits by Rubens and well preserved precious antiques. Requires about 2hrs and is...More

2  Thank Suzlsmay
Reviewed 26 October 2015

very different and based in an original printing house which made books (bibles) and also was a bookshop much better than it sounds well worth a visit

Thank Dennis19742015
Reviewed 25 October 2015

I have never visited another museum quite like this. The Plantin-Moretus museum, the premises of a 16th century printer and bookseller, displays every part of the 16th-century publishing process, from manuscript to bookstore. The first part of the museum contains stacks of source materials, both...More

Thank atk1031
Reviewed 24 October 2015

Well worth a two hour visit as there are lots to read and see. An excellent museum as it gives a clear insight into how important the early printing presses were with a glimpse into the personal life of its founder who lived on the...More

Thank Gloucs
Reviewed 20 October 2015

A really fascinating insight into the printing industry and the life of a patrician family over three centuries. Extremely beautiful house and brilliant exhibitions.

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 14 October 2015

I visited as an afterthought and wish I would have had more time. The condition and expanse of this site is remarkable given it's age. The decor is larger than life and history abundant. The printing history is fascinating and I especially appreciated the intricacies...More

Thank 14LegsFarm
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Absolutely beautiful exhibits of printing techniques and products. Spent a leisurely afternoon on a rainy day. The furniture, the printing presses, and the books are a delight.

Thank nimmidamo
Reviewed 10 October 2015

This UNESCO site compared itself to the Pyramids and the Grand Canyon, that's a little overstated. However, it was a very interesting museum about the successful printing business that remained in one family for several hundred years. I learned more about printing and the lead...More

Thank Rollingbay
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Do not leave Antwerp without visiting this museum. It houses one of the oldest printing establishments in Europe and even exhibits original printing machines and tools. The printer Plantin and his son-in-law Moretus printed all kinds of religious, historical, medical and art books. The house...More

1  Thank Vera M
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Response from sausageCastle | Reviewed this property |
Can be done in hour or even less, though easily enough material there to spend 3-4hrs, depending on your interest.