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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  • Great piece of history. Besides so many beautiful paintings, gives you an idea what a successful painter's life must have been like 400 years ago.
  • Interesting visit with nice guidebook. Beautiful house and garden. The work exhibited are mine if the major works but interesting nonetheless, and accompanying descriptions are carefully done. Well worth the visit.
  • The exhibit was nice but the one star is because some of the staff were rather rude. Main thing was I wasnt allowed to go back to a room I passed - was told it was house rules. Utter rubbish. There isn't proper signage (including on doors) or floor plan with the guide booklet, so how are guests supposed to orientate themselves or know that we cant go back? And many of the paintings did not have the labeling numbers, which didnt help when you're supposed to guide yourself.
  • This is a great museum to discover who really Rubens was. It gives you an idea of the reason Rubens can be considered one of the firsts "rockstars" among painters. I recommend to arrive early to avoid the crowds and take the necessary time to enjoy the visit.
  • An amazing place but the staff are incredibly rude and unfriendly. I didn't like how I wasn't able to go back and look at something once I'd left a room, the guy on the entrance made a huge fuss about me taking my umbrella in even though I told him it wasn't wet and had dried off since a shower and staff constantly hovered around when you were looking at things, which made me feel very uncomfortable. It might be their main tourist attraction but they don't seem to want people to enjoy it.

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