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Welcome in Museum Plantin-Moretus

The Plantin-Moretus family began their printing office in the 16th century. 400 years on, our museum is still kept in the original house and workshops. Museum Plantin-Moretus is the only museum in the world to be inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. A visit to our site is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Upcoming exhibition

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Ensor's States of Imagination

    Saturday 28 September 2024 until Sunday 19 January 2025 from 10:00 to 17:00

How did Ensor make prints? What techniques did he use? In what ways did he experiment with this medium and from which old masters did he draw his inspiration? Find out the answers in this exhibition.

Plan your visit

Museum Plantin-Moretus weer open


Practical information related to opening hours, ticket sales, time slots, accessibility and everything the museum has to offer.

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Discover the magic of the Museum. In mansion and printing press. In room and studio. In letters and typography. In beautiful books. Experience how, long before our digital age, words and images were spread around the world. Here is an overview of our activities.

The museum in a nutshell

Step into the house and the print shop.

Enter the world of the influential Plantin and Moretus family. Christophe Plantin spent his life among books. Together with his wife and five daughters, he lived in an imposing property on Vrijdagmarkt. Plantin and Jan Moretus built up an impressive printing business. Today, this is the only museum in the world to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The museum online

Visit the museum from home

The museum is always open online

We are always open if you go online. Go online with and dive into our collections, view our online exhibitions, take a virtual visit of the museum, browse through the museum guide, or listen to the audio guide. Everything to stay indoors and take your mind off things for a while.

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The Museum Plantin-Moretus, a UNESCO World Heritage site

On Google Arts & Culture

Did you know that the Museum Plantin-Moretus was the first museum on the UNESCO World Heritage list? Visit the museum online on Google Arts & Culture.

Reasearch and collection

Reading room

In our reading room you can consult numerous authentic documents. You will find a precious archive of printed works, manuscripts and drawings.


Collection online

Digitisation is central to the management of the Museum Plantin-Moretus’ extensive collection. Using the online search modules, you can search our digital databases. In this way, you can reserve books, documents, drawings or prints that you wish to consult in the reading room.


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