Museum Plantin-Moretus

Booklovers over the world absolutely know who Christopher Plantin was. In 1555 he released his first book. Soon afterwards he became famous! 

Scientists and authors found their way to his printing house in Antwerp, Belgium. This office was called Office Plantiniana. Plantin became a publisher with a strong reputation due to the quality of his works. In less than 20 years, he became a top printing house of Europe. Christopher Plantin worked together with his son-in-law Jan Moretus. They started an office on the Vrijdagsmarkt in Antwerp, Belgium in 1576. They even were the Steve Jobs and the Mark Zuckerbergs of their time. Nowadays you can still visit their office and house just as if you were friends of the book printers.

Dark but spacious old rooms
PHOTOGRAPH BY Kathleen VanLierop

Exhibitions

There are several exhibitions inter alia:

Example of the printed works
PHOTOGRAPH BY Kathleen VanLierop
Printing presses
PHOTOGRAPH BY Kathleen VanLierop

A visit

The Plantin-Moretus house tells the story about book printing but mostly about the work and life of the famous family.

On March 6th 2021 at 1 pm it was the first time, I visited the museum and I really enjoyed it. I immediately was into the story. Due to the covid measures and the reservation system it was very calm but on the other hand this is good to take beautiful pictures.

The rooms were dark but spacious, they smell, look and feel old and you could hear the wood of the floors cracking. I was in love with the large old library and the printing office. The architecture of the Plantin and Moretus house still is original which is quit special!

The library at the Plantin-Moretus museum
PHOTOGRAPH BY Kathleen VanLierop

Practical information

The Plantin and Moretus museum is located at the Vrijdagsmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerp. This really is in the centre of a wonderful city. I always like to walk and the museum is easily reachable by feet. However there is a bike system called Vello Antwerpen https://www.velo-antwerpen.be/, and of course there is public transport too.

Please do notice that all the museums in Belgium are due to the Covid-19 measures only available after reservation and in your bubble (which is your family plus one contact).

The museum is open every day from 10 am till 5 pm. It is free for visitors under 12 years.

Visitors from 12-25 years and after 65 years and wheelchair users will pay 6 euro for a visit.

All the other visitors pay 8 euro.

The garden of the Plantin-Moretus Museum - A hidden gem in a busy city as Antwerp
PHOTOGRAPH BY Kathleen VanLierop

More information on the museum’s website: https://www.museumplantinmoretus.be/en

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Kathleen Van Lierop

Kathleen Van Lierop (born in 1979) is married and lives in Belgium. She is an avid traveler and a real museum lover. She likes books / (royal) history, culture and tourism. She has two blogs: https://allaboutroyalfamilies.blogspot.com/ and My Crazy Life Full With Books