Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerpen
Phone: +32 32 21 14 50
The original residence and printing shop of the named printing family is now known as the Museum Plantin-Moretus. The history of books and book printing is brought to life in this museum, which is truly wonderful. The world’s oldest printing presses, tens of thousands of books, and an impressive art collection may all be found here. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will transport you to Antwerp in the sixteenth century, providing you with a memorable historical experience.
This gorgeous palace is filled with exquisite tapestries, gilded leather, paintings, and sculptures. The portraits by Rubens that are shown at the museum were ordered by the Moretus family. From the sixteenth century to the present, the masters of Antwerp are represented in the Prints and Drawings Room’s collection of prints and drawings.
Don’t miss the large library, which was built in 1640 to house the Moretus family’s private book collection. Finally, take some time to relax in the courtyard garden, which is a true haven of tranquillity and looks exactly the same as it did 400 years ago.
The museum’s first floor explores the history of the printing house that Plantin and his successors used to put Antwerp on the map. Learn about ten amazing books that helped shape the world and discover the printing house’s contribution to the development of mankind. It’s easy to see why the archives have been designated as the World’s Memory. Finally, you can see the world’s oldest printing presses, which date back to around 1600 and are the real cherry on top.