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Plantin-Moretus Museum

Plantin-Moretus Museum

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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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Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Vrijdagmarkt 22–23, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium, 2000

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Private tour "Highlights & History of Antwerp "

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Getting an overview of Antwerp’s sights on your own can be time-consuming when you don’t know your way around. Avoid the research and see and learn more in less time than if exploring alone on this private walking tour. Follow your guide to must-sees such as Rubens House, Grote Markt, and Butchers’ Hall; enjoy time to ask personal questions on Antwerp’s history, and get tips to inform your later sightseeing.
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Legends of Antwerp Private Walking Tour

Legends of Antwerp Private Walking Tour

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One of Europe’s richest cities during its 16th-century Golden Age, Antwerp is steeped in history. Yet exploring alone can mean skimming over its past, and medieval legends and secrets. This private walking tour ensures you cover the musts—from sights to stories—with a guide. Hear the tales behind attractions such as Grote Markt and the Cathedral; see Rubens House, and chronicle the city’s Golden-Age heyday through in-depth commentary.
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Plantin-Moretus Museum hours of operation: Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.