The Rubens House, Antwerp

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Visit the home of one of the world's best-known painters at The Rubens House. Peter Paul Rubens designed the home and studio himself in the style of an Italian Renaissance palace. The house's rooms surround an internal courtyard, which gives you a 360-degree external view of the interior rooms. Rubens taught students in the studio here, and completed many of his notable pieces. The domestic portion of the house was the home of the Rubens family. Each room has been completely renovated to its original state with period furniture and decor reflecting Rubens' personal taste. Many of the artist's famous works hang on the walls and personal artifacts are displayed in the rooms. A private guide can be expensive and is best booked in advance for a group. However, a self-guided tour is easy with brochures and information plaques in English. To visit The Rubens House on your trip to Antwerp, use our Antwerp trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Interesting not only paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and other Flemish masters, but also interiors of houses and the magnificent garden with flowering artichokes. Wish there were audio guide in Russian.
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  • We were lucky to arrive at the last Wednesday of the month, when most of the Antwerp museums are free of charge. The building has two wings. On the one hand you first get more home interiors, on the other, including the artist's Studio. There are major works. In a small courtyard broken beautiful park where you get after visiting the Museum.
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  • The Rubens House is certainly a piece of history and everyday life of the artist "to visit. Furniture and furnishings of the era make for very interesting space. I would say less significant part devoted to paintings, mostly not by Rubens (his best and most famous are justly scattered in the best museums of the world), but to his friends or disciples. Still worth the visit.
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  • A marvellous collection of art housed in the artist, Peter Paul Rubens' own house, itself an interesting melding of a traditional Belgian townhouse with an Italianate addition to the side. The house is decorated and furnished in a style of the time of Rubens. Definitely worth a visit. €8 per adult , consessions available.
  • Beautiful house, the garden is beautiful in the summer. The entrance is free the last Wednesday of the month. So I go overtime I can. My favorite room is the dinning room and the yellow room with the white statues.
  • I would put Rubens House down as being a bit over-hyped. It definitely needn't be considered a "must do" activity. The rooms inside are quite small, and with the number of visitors you don't get the sense that you're really allowed the time to stop and appreciate the art. One of the most famous paintings, the self portrait of Rubens , isn't currently there as it's being restored. I didn't see any notification of this beforehand, although maybe I just missed it.
  • At a fair price, you're allowed to view a nice amount of paintings, statues, and more. The building really brings you back to Rubens time period and helps to appreciate the works even more. However, you're guided down a set path through the house, and some hallways/rooms get pretty small, so try to avoid visiting during busy hours if you can.
  • Wau, great museum and excellent accompanying app explanations. Be sure to have headphones with you so you can listen to the explanations from you phone without disturbing other visitors. Would definitely recommend.

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