Plantin-Moretus Museum Tours

In the 16th century Antwerp – along with Paris – was one of the leading lights of the Northern Renaissance; among the brightest stars on the city’s stage at that time was Christophe Plantin, who established a printing workshop in his imposing townhouse in 1555. As well as contributing one of the most popular fonts still in use today, Plantin developed one of the busiest and most advanced publishing houses in northern Europe, now a UNESCO World Heritage-listed museum of print and early book publishing. 

After Plantin’s death in 1589, his son-in-law Jan Moretus took over the printing empire and it remained active until 1867. Today the museum is laid out as if the compositors had just downed tools; the period workshops and rooms showcase printing presses dating back to the 16th century, graphic anatomical drawings featuring dissections, a vast collection of prints by Antwerp masters dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and a library of 30,000 rare volumes. The artist Peter Paul Rubens, another local boy made good, illustrated many of the books published by the Plantin workshop and painted some of the family portraits displayed in the museum but the masterpiece of the collection is undoubtedly the priceless 36-line Gutenberg Bible dating from 1455.

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Vrijdagmarkt 22–23, Antwerp. Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. Admission adults €8; seniors & students aged 12–25 €6; free for children under 12. Take tram 4 to Groenplaats.
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Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22–23, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium 2000, Belgium
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Hours: Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
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Admission: Adults: €8; Children: Free
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3-Hour Private Tour with Highlights in Antwerp

Explore Belgium’s rich medieval history and discover top attractions in Antwerp on this private 3-hour Antwerp city tour. Follow your guide through Antwerp’s historic streets and discover beautiful landmarks such as the Grote Markt, the Plantin-Moretus Museum and the medieval fortress of Het Steen. Listen as your guide sheds light on Antwerp’s checkered history, and hear exciting stories from the city’s dim and distant past. Stroll along winding alleyways and bustling streets where the locals mingle, and soak up the atmosphere in this magnificent European city.
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