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500 years of Plantin

It's Christophe Plantin's birthday and we're celebrating

In 2020, we will celebrate the 500th birthday of Christophe Plantin. We will do this with a generous and varied programme that offers a surprising view of a versatile man: Christophe Plantin as an inspiration, traveller, letter writer and citizen of the turbulent 16th century. Will you celebrate with us?

Museum Plantin-Moretus is open!  We will put the well-being of our visitors and employees first. We are taking take various precautions to offer you a pleasant and safe visit.  You can read more about them here. We hope to welcome you soon.

Christophe Plantin was born around 500 years ago. He became the most important printer-publisher of his time.

The Plantin-Moretus Museum will be celebrating this remarkable man with a festive 2020 year.


A century of wonder. Knowledge in the 16th century
Exhibition 9.10.2020 – 21.02.2021

In autumn the museum will be presenting the splendour of the 16th century, a time of innovation and wonder. Stradanus (1523-1605) attempted to capture the zeitgeist in the print series Nova Reperta (New Descoveries). This series forms the backbone of an exhibition on the sciences in the 16th century.

Find out more about the exhibition >>

Letters from Plantin
Mini-expo 28.11.2020 – 28.02.2021

Christophe Plantin was a first-class networker. He kept in touch with both friends and foes through letters. Do his letters give a clue as to what Plantin really thought?

Find out more about his letters >>

By journeying with Plantin through the 16th century.
Mini-expo 27.03.2021 – 29.08.2021

In the spring and summer of 2021, we will be going on a journey. Plantin travelled a lot, but never for his own leisure. It was always business first. We will head off on business trips to Leiden, Paris and Frankfurt.

Find out more about his travels >>

Impressive collection

Explore the impressive collection of woodcuts in high resolution online. There are no less than 14.000 woodcuts in this collection. Sea creatures, richly illustrated letters and much more. A veritable treasure chest. Be impressed!

Explore the woodcut collection >>

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