Museum Plantin-Moretus

This museum is founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century.&nbsp;Currently the museum is in need of a bit of a facelift, which is why it is <strong>closed until 29 September 2016.</strong><br />

French printer, Christopher Plantin established his reputed printing and publishing house in Antwerp in 1555. His successors, the Moretus family, maintained the Officina Plantiniana for the next 300 years.
 

World's oldest printing press

Now preserving typographic material, a library, art objects and an impressive graphic collection, the museum gives an overview of book printing from the 15th until the 18th century and owns the worlds oldest printing press from around 1600.

The stately town house also boasts period rooms, decorated with tapestries, gilt leather and paintings – including a Rubens, sculptures, earthenware and porcelain.

The Prints Room protects prints and drawings by Antwerp masters from the 16th century to the present. The Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prints Room received the ultimate recognition in 2005 and was named as a UNESCO world heritage and was the first museum worldwide to have been given this honour.

Temporary closure

From 4 April 2016 only the ground-floor was open: the printing shop, the period rooms with Rubens’s paintings, the old bookshop and the courtyard garden. The museum closed on 30 May 2016 and will reopen on 29 September 2016.

Reopening

The fully refurbished museum will reopen on 29 September 2016. As of 30 September, visitors can immerse themselves again in the amazing story of the visionary publisher Christopher Plantin and his in-laws, the Moretus family.
 
Film interventions, books you can leaf through and a workshop where visitors can set to work themselves: the house and the Plantin-Moretus family will come to life again, more than ever.  Plantin is the centre of attention on the ground-floor level of the museum, whereas the emphasis is on the history of the publishing house on the first floor.

Contact

Vrijdagmarkt 22
Antwerpen
+32 3 221 14 50
http://www.museumplantinmoretus.be
museum.plantin.moretus@stad.antwerpen.be

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