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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. Plan to visit The Rubens House during your Antwerp vacation using our convenient Antwerp itinerary planner.
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  • Rubens was a very rich painter and lived in his beautiful house from 1600 till 1640. He enlarged the house with a half round museum for his Roman statues. 
  • This is a trip into the age of great artists. You can see how Paul Rubens was living and you can see a lot of other artist. Also the house an the garden are beautiful. 
  • A good Museum, in which it is better to go when a little read about Rubens, his time and his contemporaries. We had no guide, as now regret! But from a small booklet Guidebook that issue, too, can learn the basic info about the rooms and exhibits. Liked the head of Seneca and a lovely inner garden!
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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.