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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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  • Often been used as a child with my mother, when I had a big interest in art. About last been another 1st date with a girl. History is quite nice and instructive + the works of art are simply gorgeous. An interest in history or art is necessary. If you can come at a quiet moment you can really look at everything.
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  • Beautiful building. Clear overview of the work of one of the most famous inhabitants of Antwerp. Watch out for the many steps. Disturbing to me was the State-of-the-art Office, for the Rubens House, where you have to buy a ticket in advance.
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  • This is a beautiful home and garden right in the center of town. Rubens collected some great paintings and there are some of his own works there as well. He lived very well and the home has been beaut...  more »
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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.