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House and garden

This is where Rubens, one of the greatest artists ever, once lived with his wife and children. It is also where he worked, together with his assistants, in his majestic studio. Here he took a stroll around the garden with friends, while having philosophical conversations. Here he also kept his incomparable art collection. This is also where he died in 1640. Rubens reveals his true nature in his home.



"His house will elicit the astonishment of strangers, the admiration of travellers" Town clerk of Antwerp in 1620.


The current garden is a reconstruction of the garden in Rubens's time. An oasis of peace and quiet in the bustling city.

Courtyard and portico

Step into Rubens's world through the main portico, which gives out on to the elegant courtyard. The portico connects the house and studio and also served as a magnificent gateway to the garden.


Most of Rubens's works were created in this studio. Here he demonstrated his talent as a painter and organiser.

From artist's residence to museum

In 1610, Rubens purchased a house with land along Wapper in Antwerp. He drew the plans himself for its extension, which fulfilled the wishes of the artist, businessman, family man and art collector that he was.