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Plantin - Moretus Museum

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Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 3 221 14 50
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Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the...

Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.

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A hidden Gem in Antwerp

Normally there are more Rubens in the Plantin Moretus Printing Museum than in the Rubens House museum. From early printing presses to the art and furnishings, this was a most... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 May 2015
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Foster City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

Normally there are more Rubens in the Plantin Moretus Printing Museum than in the Rubens House museum. From early printing presses to the art and furnishings, this was a most interesting museum. Some of the books displayed predate the founding of America. I am so glad our guide told us about this.

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Ravenstein, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015

Housed in a beautiful and historically extreme valuable house and workshops around a courtyard in central Antwerp, this authentic former family home with extensive work- and printshops, libraries and seventeenth century bookshop gives a gripping view into sixteenth- and seventeenth century industrial life. The house is on it's own a histric version of silliconvalley, as it's the pinnacle of technological... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

This Museum was extraordinarily interesting, beautiful and profound. The Audio Guide was magnificent. We spent 2 hours here, and learned an enormous amount. The staff was also friendly and not difficult at all. A combination of the history of printing, books, humanism, art, industry, and ideas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

A very interesting museum of a very old, very early printing enterprise. It might be interesting for someone who has never even heard of lead type, printing presses, etc. It is in a very old house, which is interesting as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

This museum covers the history of printing from the 15th to 19th centuries, and inhabits the former headquarters and house of one of Antwerp's famous printing dynasties. Must sees include a 36 line Guttenberg bible, the two oldest surviving printing presses in the world, and some fantastic examples of printing from Belgium and across Europe. If you like books even... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2015

This was the house of businessmen that were in the printing business. This museum is very interesting because is filled with many works of art (some of them from the well-known painter Rubens), thus you get to see art as they were intended to be shown, it is not out of context as in the traditional Fine Arts museums. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

The Plantin-Moretus museum is a delight for typography and printing lovers. From the old presses to the punches and the matrixes, everything feels like going back through time. The museum has a variety of antique books printed by Aldus Manutius, Johannes Gutenberg, among many others. The actual building is amazing with its leather wallpaper and original furniture. Everything is beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

Such a beautiful museum. The building is remarkable and unique in Antwerp, the collection is stunning. Friendly staff, many languages available for (written) guides.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

The art is excellent. The ability to see things like movable type for music, or movable type for Chaldean, is awesome. And the old printing presses are marvellous. Tip: get the audio guide. Without it I would have definitely been quite a bit more lost. With it, I spent a very educational and entertaining 2 hours in the museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015

Amazingly interesting museum of the history of printing with particular reference to Antwerp's contribution over the centuries. Fascinating collection of printing plates, etchings and type which show the incredible skills in these crafts resident in Antwerp in the past.

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