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Plantin - Moretus Museum

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Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
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Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the...

Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.

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This museum was a fascinating look at early printing. The audio tour was very informative. I especially liked the list of banned books on the printing room wall. There were many... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

This museum was a fascinating look at early printing. The audio tour was very informative. I especially liked the list of banned books on the printing room wall. There were many examples of movable type that were very interesting to see, as well as many old books.

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Leer, Germany
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

As I am an avid reader I loved seeing old presses and learning how book printing came to be. Definitely best to go with the audio guide, the labels alone will only give you a minimum insight. Apart from the printing, the house itself is lovely. The guide also offers a few nice lessons on old Flanders, the history of... More 

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2015

set in a small square with bars and cafes I went on a friday as the weekly auction was on,making this more interesting. This museum is absolutely amazing.there are so many exhibits and things ro see.Rooms,presses,paintings books furniture,too much to mention.Set as it was a house business and printing works this museum has it all.the shop which had some things... More 

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Reviewed 18 August 2015

One of the few places on Earth where printing as an art is exhibited. The Ortelius Mappamundi, the big Bononiensis map, and all other original prints and techniques will surprise the craftmanship of the late Middle Ages.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

I made a big mistake, thinking that this museum is not big. I arrived at the museum quite late, and the ticket seller informed me that I definitely didn't have enough time to cover everything, and suggested me to come back the next day. It was our last day in Antwerp, and we really wanted to visit this museum so... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

A really good museum -- with fascinating information on printing, bookbinding, and a famous Antwerp family business from the16th to 19th century. Beautiful wall papers, art, and displays of old manuscripts, presses, and publishing facilities.

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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

A very interesting museum in the home and world economy of Plantin. Unusual house , leather covered walls, not seen in English houses. Old printing presses and books. a delight.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2015

Beautiful, well narrated, and full of fabulous exhibits. The printing presses are fascinating, but so is the history of a business that kept 300 years of records! The handwritten books are delightful, with colours that looked as though they were as vibrant today as they were 250 years ago. Wonderful for a book geek!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

I loved this place, the building itself is quiet large, there are many rooms, with lots to see. The oldest working printing presses along with type, books and maps all from the 1600's. Nice garden to relax in also. Worth the 8EUR.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

Fascinating to learn just how laborious the early days of printing were, making the letters, type-setting, printing. Interesting to learn too that the Plantins were more than printers but interested in the learning behind the books as well. Beautiful old house and museum - and those old books and manuscripts!

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