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The Rubens House is currently innovating its infrastructure to enhance visitors’ experiences. The Rubens House will remain open until 8 January 2023, after which it will be temporarily closed for the duration of the works. The new reception building and redesigned garden will open in 2024. The museum as a whole will reopen in 2027, the year in which we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Rubens’s birth.

 

 

About the museum

Peter Paul Rubens welcomes you personally to his home, the Rubens House. It was here that Rubens, one of the greatest artists of all time lived with his wife and children. It was here that he painted, together with his assistants, in his magnificent studio. It was here that he strolled around the garden and philosophized with friends. It was here that he cherished his unrivalled collection of art. And it was here that he died in 1640. In this house Rubens reveals his true self, since he personally designed the most important parts of this palazzo on the River Scheldt. An intense experience is awaiting.

The Rubens House is unique in the world: today you will discover a collection of splendid pieces by Rubens, his fellow artists and contemporaries. This beautiful art, produced with virtuoso skill, bridges the centuries effortlessly. Here you can enjoy the tranquillity of the quiet garden amidst the bustling city centre and become acquainted with the story of Rubens’s life and the flowering of Antwerp in his day.

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Not to be missed

Portico and garden pavilion

Rubens had his house altered and extended according to his own design. Eye-catching features include the portico, which marks the transition to the garden, and the garden pavilion. They were exceptional structures that earned him a great deal of praise and admiration.

Self-Portrait

Compared to his celebrated colleague Rembrandt (1606?–1663), Rubens painted very few self-portraits. He produced just four of them, compared to the 40 or so that his Dutch counterpart managed. Rubens’ self-portrait is one of the main attractions of the Rubens House, not to mention an icon for the city of Antwerp.

Large Studio

Rubens’ studio is one of the highlights of your visit to the artist’s former home. The dimensions of the space, in which Rubens created most of his works, are impressive.

Picture Gallery

Rubens bought and sold art and it was in this room that he displayed his impressive collection. It added further to the artist’s status and glory.

Garden

The garden is another of the beautiful places you can visit at Rubens’ home. It is a reconstruction of the layout he had in mind at the time.

Photo: Ans Brys.

 

Renovation

The Rubens House is now hoping to improve its infrastructure with a comprehensive master plan. Learn more about the renovation of the Rubens House here.

The Rubens House will remain open up to and including 8 January 2023 and will close on 9 January 2023. It will welcome visitors again in 2027, the year in which we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Rubens’ birth. The new-build in Hopland will open in 2024 as originally planned.

 

 

Tours

The Rubens House offers one guided tour for adults. Groups with their own guides are not permitted.

 

Duration

90 minutes

Capacity

  • Max. 15 persons per guide 

Languages

NL – ENG – FR – DUI

Price guided tour

€ 115; not including museum entry fee (€ 12 p.p. or, for groups of 12 or more: € 8 p.p.)

Reservation

info@experienceantwerp.be
+32 3 205 56 05
www.experienceantwerp.be

More information about tours of the museum’s permanent collection is available here.

 

Photo: Ans Brys.

 

Practical information

Address, opening hours, accessibility

You can find all the practical information about our address, opening hours and accessibility here.

Getting here by bus

The D’Herbouvillekaai coach park: free, no booking required. The new coach park is located to the south of Antwerp. There is a Kiss-and-Ride zone at the Plantinkaai, where coach drivers can also stop to drop off and collect visitors to the city. Gedempte Zuiderdokken coach park: paid parking, intended for short stays.

Coming to Antwerp by car? Please bear in mind that the whole of central Antwerp is a Low Emission Zone. Register your car before setting off for Antwerp and check whether you’re allowed to enter the LEZ.

Admission

View the entrance fees here

Book your tickets here

Details of how to book guides can be found under ‘Tours’.

 

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Contact

Press

Nadia De Vree
nadia.devree@antwerpen.be
+ 32 475 36 71 96
pers.rubenshuis.be

Marketing & communication

Harlinde Pellens
harlinde.pellens@antwerpen.be
+ 32 475 85 52 53