Museum Plantin-Moretus is the original home and workshop of the eponymous printing family. This museum is a real gem, bringing the centuries-old history of books and book printing to life. Here you can see the oldest printing presses in the world as well as tens of thousands of books and a magnificent art collection. Enjoy a unique historical experience in this UNESCO world heritage which will transport you to sixteenth-century Antwerp.
Around 1550, the Frenchman Christopher Plantin settled in Antwerp. He established his renowned printing-publishing house in 1555, becoming the world’s first industrial printer. The Officina Plantiniana, as Plantin called his printing house, proved very successful, growing into a multinational with subsidiaries in Leyden and Paris. The company prospered for approximately 300 years, during which it was managed by Plantin himself and subsequently by his successors, the Moretus family.
In 1876, Edward Moretus sold the entire site, residence and print shop to the city of Antwerp, with the request that it be transformed into a museum.
In 2005, Museum Plantin-Moretus was the very first museum ever in the world to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage in recognition of its unique collection, the art and the printing house.
In 2016, the Museum Plantin-Moretus underwent a thorough renovation. Besides a new-build with a reading room and depot, you can also explore the museum’s new permanent collection. The museum and family seem livelier than ever thanks to the many videos, the books you can browse and a space where you can even print your own work. The ground-floor focuses on Plantin and his family while the upper level examines the printing house’s activities.
There are plenty of stunning tapestries, gold leather, paintings and sculptures to admire throughout this magnificent mansion. The Moretus family commissioned a series of portraits by Rubens which hang on the museum’s walls. The Prints and Drawings Room features a collection of prints and drawings by Antwerp masters from the sixteenth century to the present.
Don’t forget to visit the large library, which was added in 1640, to store the private book collection of the Moretus family. And finally, take some time to enjoy the courtyard garden, which is a real haven of tranquillity and looks just the same as it did 400 years ago.
On the first floor, the museum examines the history of the printing house with which Plantin and his successors put Antwerp firmly on the map. Discover the printing house’s contribution to the development of mankind, as you learn more about ten amazing books that helped shape the world. It is easy to see why the archives have been recognised as Memory of the World. And finally, you can also see the world’s oldest printing presses, which date from approximately 1600 and which are the real cherry on the cake.
Out and about with your family, friends, association or colleagues? Then a guided tour might be just what you are looking for. In addition to interesting facts and information tailored to the needs of your group, a guide’s professional explanation will allow you to fully experience the museum. The range of guided tours and all practical information can be found on www.experienceantwerp.be.
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