The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the only museum in the world on the UNESCO World Heritage list, a testament to its importance to the collective interest of humanity. And in visiting and subsequent research into the Officina Plantiniana, it is noteworthy to draw parallels that today’s printing enterprises should consider.
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The highly recommended Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, is the world’s only museum that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You won’t have any trouble finding visit-worthy historic and cultural sites in Antwerp, Belgium, but there’s one that’s among the most exceptional in the world. The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the only museum in the world that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everyone who visits Antwerp should at least consider visiting this superb museum.
The Birth of Mass Printing
In the 16th century, printer Christophe Plantin moved from Paris to Antwerp, a city that was basically the beating heart of northern Europe in the 1500’s. He established a printing business in the city center. The business was well-supplied by its huge harbor and home to many skilled craftsmen.
From the World Heritage inscription for the Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex:
The Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex is the only surviving printing workshop and publishing house in the world dating back to the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Situated in Antwerp, one of the three leading cities of early European printing along with Paris and Venice, it is associated with the history of the invention and dissemination of typography. Its name refers to the greatest printer-publisher of the second half of the 16th century, Christophe Plantin (c. 1520-1589), and his son-in-law, Jan Moretus I (1543-1610), who took over the best-equipped printing company in Europe upon Plantin’s death. It was thanks to the Moretus family that the firm’s production activities continued in the same location for three centuries, from 1576 to 1867.
Renovated Museum Celebrates a 400-Year-Old Publishing House; REBECCA REGO BARRY; Fine Books & Collection
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.”