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The Rubens House, Antwerp
(4.4/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit The Rubens House during your Antwerp vacation using our convenient Antwerp itinerary planner.
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  • If you are staying longer in Antwerp, the attention that the name Rubens always passes by. It also spurred us to his old House but a visit. On a rainy Sunday afternoon we ran on the Meir, and we walked towards the Municipal Theater, where on the left one of the most famous houses in the world. We we bought a ticket for 8 euro, received an accompanying booklet that would be our guide and ran inside. Then we were silent. Still, overwhelming to walk in the past. From room to room you become-also with the information in the booklet-led by the experiences of an artist, and you can admire his works up close. And that ranges from incredibly meticulous work of breathtaking large canvases. Also if you have anything with paintings, a visit of this House worth it, if only to experience what used to be a House could feel; serene, dark, lots and heavy dark wooden furniture, little Windows, low ceilings, or a very high ceiling, small box bed (they slept earlier half upright, this would promote blood circulation). and suddenly you go through another door and get on an infinity and you look out on a beautiful garden, where you can walk around. Very worth it to do this in an afternoon! You may take pictures (without Flash).
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  • A 'highlights' collection of approximately 50 pieces set in the backdrop of Rubens' house. The artwork had me captivated! The house makes a very favourable and enjoyable backdrop however in some insta...  more »
  • 2 hours of time travel to the discovery of the Rubens House, its garden, its workshop and beautiful paintings of himself and his students
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  • This museum seems to be geared towards the art enthusiast. For someone like myself, I found the museum to be too wordy and tedious. Maybe some interactive displays? However, I did go on the last Wednesday of the month when it's free. That, at least, was good.
  • Absolutely worth a visit. A lot of info regarding Rubens' life and social contacts. Great collection of works, mainly by other masters which were collected by Rubens. Very useful guide book available.
  • Another abode of one of Europe's great painters. Lot of paintings, not so much by Rubens. Also has a nice garden out the back.
  • It is a must-go-to of Antwerp. Prices are nice, and the venue is just a site to marvel at. Each piece of art is genuine and well composed into the museum as a whole.
  • Even though the house itself is not the one Rubens lived in it is still a very interesting look into the time. There's a clear route to follow with lots of interesting paintings by Rubens and contemporaries/friends/students.