Why visit Museum Plantin-Moretus?

Ten reasons that will convince you.

  1. It's like time has stood still. Walk into the printing press and the Plantin-Moretus family home as though you were a family friend paying a visit 400 years ago. It seems as if Christoffel Plantin just went out.
  2. Luxury from the 16th and 17th century. Walls covered in gold leather, tapestries, portraits of Peter Paul Rubens, an impressive library, ... Family Plantin-Moretus was well-off and lived in a town palace.
  3. Unique printing press. The two oldest printing presses in the world and more than 20.000 lead letters, an impressive collection.
  4. Books, books, books. Christoffel Plantin started his own book collection. Today it has an incredible 30.000 old books, illustrated manuscripts and gems of European printing.
  5. The Garden. The courtyard and garden were already a tourist attraction in Plantin's time. Listen to the silence in the garden and discover popular plants of the 16th and 17th centuries.
  6. The old bookshop. With its counter and cabinets, the shop is still fully equipped for book sales. Including the money scales for checking the weight of silver and gold coins.
  7. Immerse yourself in the printing trade. Go through the different steps of the printing process, from carved letter to printed text. Leave the museum with text that you have printed yourselve. 
  8. Leafing through replica's of old books. In some of the rooms of the museum you can find copies of famous publications of Plantin. Page through the herbal book of Dodoens, the pentalingual bible, ...
  9. Radio play. New threedimensional audiotechniques bring the museum's story to life. A centuries-old house has a lot to talk about.
  10. UNESCO World Heritage. Museum Plantin-Moretus is the only museum in the world on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
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