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Museum Plantin-Moretus in a nutshell

The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the first museum to be on the Unesco World Heritage List. It is the original residence and printing house of the Plantin-Moretus publishing family in the heart of Antwerp.

The museum

The museum tells the story of three hundred years of family history and entrepreneurship: with the oldest printing presses in the world, family portraits painted by house painter Peter Paul Rubens and the original Garamond letter that adorns everyone's computer.


The museum collection

The collections of the Plantin-Moretus Museum are extremely varied. They are all related to the business operations and family life of Christoffel Plantin and his successors, the Moretuses. Printing plates, presses, molds, type cases, stamps and molds, furniture, prints and drawings, paintings, ... But you can also consult the company and family archives in the reading room. The library also houses more than 25,000 works printed before 1800. The Print Room's collection of graphics and drawings offers an overview of old and modern Flemish masters, from Rubens to Ensor, from Jordaens to Paul Joostens and René de Coninck.


Subsidizing government

The Flemish Government annually provides structural subsidies to Museum Plantin-Moretus. The Plantin-Moretus Museum would not be possible without this support.

Museum Plantin-Moretus

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