Museum Plantin-Moretus : a UNESCO World Heritage Museum in Antwerp

In the early afternoon after our walking tour in outer Antwerp our coach dropped us off at the car park by the River Scheldt from where we made our way to the Grote Markt and the Cathedral.

Grote Markt

The Grote Markt, Antwerp


Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Kathedraal, Antwerp

From here we dispersed to find lunch. The plan then was to reassemble at the Cathedral in about an hour in order to tour the Rubens paintings which hang there, currently. However, with no persuasion from me, my friend and I decided we would rather visit the Plantin-Moretus Museum and arranged to meet the group back at the coach at 5pm.

Chocolate Box

Wrapping my purchases at The Chocolate Box

So, after a tasty pub lunch and making some chocolate purchases, we soon found the museum and were very happy with our choice. This is the only museum listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Plantin Moretus

The Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp

Inner courtyard

The Elegant Interior Garden

This is one of the most interesting museums in Antwerp. It is housed in the mansion of Christophe Plantin, who set up as a printer in 1555, one of the first industrial printers in history. In the workshop, the equipment, which includes one of the oldest surviving printing presses, has been left as it was when operations ceased in the early 19th century. There is much else to see here besides, including the family home, a sumptuous patrician home with an elegant interior garden, tapestries, vellum Bible, woodcuts, copper plates, and works by Rubens. The museum’s archives, more than 100 years old, have been placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.” [Source : My LV City Guide to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Zurich, 2012]


The Original Bookshop : books sold here from 1700

The Proofreader

The Proofreader

Christoph Plantin

Christoph Plantin

In The Great Library

In the Great Library

Great Library

In the Great Library/Chapel

The Moretuses’ own private book collection (1640) is an example of a humanist library. The volumes are shelved by size. By 1655 the Library was used as a Chapel.


2 comments on “Museum Plantin-Moretus : a UNESCO World Heritage Museum in Antwerp

  1. nilly says:

    This is wonderful! I have a friend who is spending his retirement rebinding and restoring 17th century herbals and the like, bought on ebay, believe it or not. I’ve a feeling he has never visited this museum so I must tell him about it.

  2. […] slideshow of a 16th  century printmaking shop which reminded me of my visit last month to the Plantin-Moretus Museum in […]

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