Renovated Museum Celebrates a 400-Year-Old Publishing House; REBECCA REGO BARRY; Fine Books & Collection


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Belgium – Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex

This past weekend, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reopened in Antwerp, Belgium. Once home to sixteenth-century printers, Christopher Plantin and his son-in-law Jan Moretus, the museum has welcomed visitors since the late nineteenth century, when descendant Edward Moretus sold the building and its contents to the city. Its recent renovation seeks to invigorate interest in Plantin and his famous print-works with “cinematic interventions, soundscapes, and hands-on activities.”

Bibliophiles need not despair over these newfangled additions. As noted in a press release, “Digital media will be present, but will play a subordinate role: the book is central … Our goal in this authentic, UNESCO-protected setting is to bring to life the activities of the home and workshops. The visitor takes a time machine to the 16th century, meets Plantin as a family man, manager, printer, humanist and visionary publisher and experiences how a world-class entrepreneur developed his business.”

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