My visit to Antwerp was very short and on very gloomy weather so I didn’t get to see and do much of the tourist attractions in the city. There was one exception, though, the Plantin-Moretus Museum in honor of the printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. This is a great speciality museum taking you through the history of press and printing, with some context of Dutch and regional European history, dating back to 16th century. The place and museum is now a UNESCO heritage site, and it will take you step by step through the historical wonders of paper and press. Thers is a very interesting collection of books and print materials, all with English information and interactive fun videos and exhibits. If you like speciality museums and are curious about print and even Dutch regional history, then be sure to drop by.

 

It’s housed in this lovely estate …

 

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

 

Lots about the print process and the life of a printer…

 

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

 

With, to my surprise, lots of very interesting prints in Hebrew…

 

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

 

And explanations about how the technology of how they created such magnificent prints …

 

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

Plantin-Moretus Museum : Antwerp Belgium

 

 

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A great way to spend 2-3 hours, especially on a gloomy day.



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I’m always hesitant to go to a museum like this because it’s not something I was really interested in beforehand. But once you go in, you always seem to find a way to enjoy yourself and see some neat stuff.

One of my favorite museums is the Lincoln museum in Springfield, IL. Its just such a well done museum and you learn so much about Abraham Lincoln that it surprises you.

I may have to suck it up and do more specialty museums and expand my knowledge!

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