The Plantin-Moretus Museum in your home

The museum is always open online

We are always open if you go online. Go online with and dive into our collections, view our online exhibitions, take a virtual visit of the museum, browse through the museum guide, or listen to the audio guide. Everything to stay indoors and take your mind off things for a while.

We have put all the options into one place for you:

Stay home

Our employees are working from home. Contact us by mail or Facebook if you have any questions. 

 

Dive into our collections

Discover the Plantin-Moretus Museum collections online: the museum collection, old prints and manuscripts, prints and drawings, and archives. And new: 14.000 woodcuts in high resolution.

Go to the collection

 

Be inspired by Impressed by Plantin

Our collection boasts no less than 14.000 woodcuts. 14.000 examples of real craftsmanship, masterfully carved illustrations.  Go online to find out more in high resolution. To view, download and get creative. Share your creations on social media using the hashtag #impressedbyplantin. 

To the woodcut collection

Write a letter on stationary #impressedbyplantin

Writing letters is suddenly back in fashion. Surprise your parent, grandparent, or a friend you can’t see right now with a beautiful letter. And do it on home-made stationery! We’ll help you find out how to do it.

You can then get started yourself

Online exhibitions

The museum collection is so comprehensive, and in some cases very fragile, which means it is impossible for us to exhibit everything at the same time. This is why the Plantin-Moretus Museum is focussing on online presentations. These presentations highlight a specific aspect of our impressive collection.

View our online exhibitions here

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Play the party game Cavagnole

In the 18th century, the elite enjoyed playing party games. The Cavagnole lottery game reached the Moretus circle from the court of Versailles. Our archivist, Kristof Selleslach, accidentally found the rules in the Plantin archive. Would you like to join in?

Play the game

 

The sound of Museum Plantin-Moretus

Imagine yourself at the Plantin and Moretus home with this playlist on Spotify.

To the playlist

 

Listen to the audio guide using the Antwerp Museum App

For those who enjoy listening to the story of founder Christophe Plantin and his successors, the Moretus family, the Antwerp Museum App contains a tour entitled Plantin visionary publisher. This app can be downloaded free of charge on your smartphone, or you can look online.

To the audio guide

 

Colour our collection

The Prints room holds more than 20.000 drawings, prints, etchings, etc. You can now colour a small selection yourself.

To our colour plates

 

Browse through the visitor's guide online

The visitor’s guide directs you through the museum and gives you more background information. The guide is full of fun facts. It provides you with information about the 9 generations of Plantin & Moretus, and you can get to know Christophe Plantin as ancestor, businessman, manager, humanist and publisher. Furthermore, the guide lists the most beautiful books printed in this house.

Read the visitor's guide

 

Read an old print

How good is your knowledge of the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries? Read an old edition of the Plantin-Moretus Museum on Flandrica.be. This initiative of the Flemish Heritage Libraries contains fully digitised copies of early printed books. You will find 70 works from the museum.

To the old prints

Tip: Browse through the costume book by François Desprez. This book contains 120 woodcuts of traditional costumes from the 16th century. The purpose of this viewing catalogue was, as the author himself says, to “wonderlick uwe herte verheughen” [loosely translates to: “for your enjoyment”].

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