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About the Museum

The original residence and workshop of the Plantin and Moretus publishing dynasty offers you a unique historical experience, which is why it is a Unesco world heritage site. The building’s creaking oak planks and panels seem imbued in the history of books, the art of printing and the story of a family’s entrepreneurial flair. The oldest printing presses in the world can be found here, and much more besides...

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Welcome to the premises of the Plantin and Moretus family

Walk inside the printing office and house of the Plantin-Moretus family as if you were a friend of theirs visiting 400 years ago.

Fellowship Programme

Early printed books in Antwerp

The Plantin-Moretus Museum and the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (Antwerp) are pleased to launch a new call for applications for our fellowship programme. We will award two travel grants for research into the history of the early printed book (15th-18th century) in Antwerp, with the gracious support of the Thierry and Frédéric Nottebohm Grant of the Nottebohm Family Foundation.

From lead to pixel

From lead to pixel - Graphic (r)evolutions in Belgium brings together five printing museums in Belgium. Each of the five museums takes a unique look at various aspects of Belgian printing history.

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Support the Museum Plantin-Moretus, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Become a Friend, Volunteer, Donor or Sponsor.



Christophe Plantin ensured that the Officina Plantiniana was handed down to the most competent choice of successor. The Moretuses took control. They kept things going for eleven generations with great expertise. Just like the Museum staff today. They look after the house and its collection with pride. Get to know them and take a look behind the scenes.


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The Print Cabinet

The Print Cabinet of the Museum Plantin-Moretus has more than 20,000 drawings. This rich collection is among the finest in the world, and focuses on Antwerp artists from 1500 to the present.

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