Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp

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Housing the collection of Fritz Mayer van den Bergh, Museum Mayer van den Bergh was built by the collector's mother to honor her son's life. Renaissance and Gothic artwork covers almost every wall in the patron's house. These include drawings, sculptures, paintings, and applied art from the 14th to the 16th centuries, a period that was an obsession for the collector. Many pieces are religious in nature, since much of the artwork from these early periods was commissioned by the church. Each room also includes carved wood and marble, as well as grand fireplaces and reliefs on the ceilings that give you a lot of nooks and crannies to explore. Don't miss the three Pieter Bruegel paintings depicting medieval daily life. Purchase tickets for the museum upon arrival. You have the option to purchase a discounted combo ticket that includes visits to the Rubens House, or an Antwerp Card, which gives you access to multiple city museums. Using our custom trip planner, Antwerp attractions like Museum Mayer van den Bergh can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Not a very famous museum, this one, but well worth the visit. What makes this museum interesting, is the combination of the building with the eclectic art collection of Fritz Mayer van den Bergh, who....  more »
  • A wonderful collection of Antwerp's finest artwork, all housed in a fine historical townhouse. We spent a good 2 hours in the museum, thanks in no small way to the detailed audio descriptions of...  more »
  • Beautiful and eclectic, from medieval paintings to glassware to sculptures, all in a homely setting. The only drawback was the lack of light; I couldn't read all of the descriptions and even some of.....  more »
  • Together with the Ruben's House, the two finest manor houses and private art collections I've seen in Antwerp.
  • Hidden gem and totally under rated. Love the amazing paintings in this museum. If you love Brugel, there are some of his paintings here. The collection is a personal one and not that large. So it's more worth it getting a combination ticket with Rubenhuis.
  • This museum is fascinating. The building was constructed for the artwork. It houses the famous Dulle Griet painting by Breugel. But there are several other works. This is also a great museum for kids. There is a great activity basket you can request so the kids have to search objects and details and do some tasks.
  • What a magnificent collection of beauty! The building itself was worth a visit of a few hours. I enjoyed watching each corner. If you're interested in art from Dutch speaking part of Europe (nowadays Belgium and partially The Netherlands) then this is the place to be. You will find art in various forms: from paintings to sculptures to jewelry. You'll definitely need a few hours if you like to study each piece.
  • The newly restored Mad Meg by Brugel was outstanding.

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