Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex

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22 Vrijdagmarkt, Antwerp, Belgium

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Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
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Antwerp printing press museum Aug 08, 2010
The Plantin-Moretus House is a fascinating museum set in a beautiful 16th century Flemish residence, in Antwerp.

The museum is based around the collection of the 16th century printing company founded by Christoffel Plantijn. Beyond the building, itself worth a visit for the creaking floors, the gilded leather walls and formal garden, the museum is home to a host of "firsts" and "oldests" - the oldest printing presses left in existence, the first illustration of a potato, the first printed atlas, the largest portrait collection by Rubens, the oldest complete set of printing dies and matrices, and so forth. Every room has its own draw, such as an original Gutenberg Bible tucked away next to the small museum, and an original list of books banned by the Catholic Church in the old bookstore.

The museum is the only one in the world included on the World Heritage list, and for good reason - it is absolutely fascinating. The cost is €6 for adults, €1 for under-26 and free for over 65. A free audio guide is available (English, Dutch, French, German), but they don't provide headphones - so bring your own otherwise you'll have to walk around for an hour holding the guide up to your ear.
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I have to do this next time in Antwerp
Posted on: Aug 11, 2010
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seraphimkarlien seraphim…
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the only museum on Unesco World Heritage List Apr 14, 2010
The Plantin-Moretus museum is by far my favourite museum in Antwerp. I first visited on a primary school trip, and like to take the opportunity to revisit whenever I'm showing around friends from abroad.

Christophel Plantin was one of the first printers in the 16th century, the time of Gütenberg. Together with his son-in-law Moretus, he started a succesful printing business at the site of the museum.

You can see old printing machines and learn about the history of book printing. But my favourite part of the museum are the old books on display. And my most favourite one of those is the world atlas, there is a copy you can look through.

The building itself is interesting too, and the garden is beautiful.

If you're strapped for cash, entry is free every last wednesday of the month.
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