Daily programme 'Thirst for knowledge'

secondary education, second and third stage

There is a special one-day programme for young people aged 15 to 18 years. They go in search of the roots of technology and science. Afterwards, they get busy with ink and printing press, creating their own etching.

This one-day programme contributes to the final attainment levels in the technical/technological training and history sections of the second and third stages of secondary education.


We go on a quest in the Museum for the interchange between science and magic in the 16th and 17th centuries. Faith, superstition and science were closely interrelated, although this was gradually changing.

Christophe Plantin, the publisher of numerous scientific bestsellers, was himself involved in a secret society known as the ‘House of Love’, which is why the Museum’s library and archives possess not just leading scientific publications, but multiple works on alchemy, magic and mysticism too. We look for points of contact between then and now in the Museum.


In the afternoon, we use metal and acid to conjure up our own etchings, like real magicians. We scratch a magical character or symbol on a zinc plate and place it in a bath of caustic acid. The alchemy of the acid does the rest. Then we print off the etching using an ancient press.

Practical details

  • Charge: €320 for two groups, €160 for one group of up to 15 people (+ €5 administration fee)
  • Maximum 30 people, to be divided into 2 groups in the Museum, each with its own guide.
  • Guide: Key Minnebo for the magic quest and Kathy De Wit for the etching workshop.
  • Schedule:
    • 10.30 to 12.30: Museum quest
    • 12.30 to 13.30: lunch break
    • 13.30 to 15.30: making an etching
  • Please reserve three weeks in advance with Visit Antwerpen
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