• The Rubens House in a nutshell

    “Welcome to my house!” Peter Paul Rubens, a brilliant and versatile artist, invites you to his palazzo.
Plan your visit
Here you will find useful information about the location, ticket sales, packages, opening hours, accessibility and accessibility of the museum.
The Rubens House is one of the most renowned artist's residences worldwide.
Not everyone can afford a painting by Rubens but there is no need to worry. You are bound to find an appropriate gift for a Rubens fan or a nice memento of your visit in our museum shop.
Collection and loans

Rubenshuis krijgt topstuk van David Bowie

Rubens House gets Bowie masterpiece
David Bowie’s art collection was auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on 10 November 2016. Although the rock icon collected almost exclusively modern and contemporary art, he also owned a monumental altarpiece by Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–1594). The Italian master’s work was purchased by a private collector, who announced within minutes of the sale that it would be loaned long term to the Rubens House. Tintoretto’s St Catherine will go on display in Antwerp from 27 June 2017.
It is very difficult to purchase new works for the Rubens House. In that sense it is no different from many other museums. Works change hands on the art market for astronomical prices. The museum has started to actively search for long-term loans in the last few years.
The permanent collection contains a large number of works by the master himself and by his peers and contemporaries. These are the ten masterpieces that you cannot afford to miss.
Rubens undoubtedly lived in lavish surroundings. He decorated his home with objects that matched the architecture of his house and which reflected his social status and good taste.
Foto: Rijksinstituut voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie.
Rubens House seeks six paintings by Michaelina Wautier
The Rubens House is in a search for six paintings by Michaelina Wautier. The Five Senses series dates from 1650 and consists of five signed and dated works on canvas. All that is known about them at present is a single black-and-white illustration in a 1975 auction catalogue. There has also been no trace since 1985 of the signed and dated still life Garland with Butterfly.
Temporary expo
Friday 01 June 2018 - Sunday 02 September 2018 from 10:00 to 17:00
Individual visitors
As part of ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018: Rubens as an inspiration’, the Rubens House is presenting the first survey of the work of Michaelina Wautier (1614–1689).
In the coming years the Rubens House will be organizing a number of international exhibitions and smaller presentations designed to shed light on the versatility of Peter Paul Rubens and his contemporaries.
A brand-new building with an interactive visitor centre and numerous visitor facilities. The Rubens Experience Center will open in autumn 2019.
About Rubens
He was capable of everything and knew everything. He was a brilliant and versatile artist, run a large studio, spoke several languages, collected art, designed his own home, travelled around Europe as a diplomat and was interested in science. Rubens was well-versed in almost everything.
Peter Paul Rubens and Antwerp. The master and his city. After more than 400 years, this world-class painter's presence can still be felt in the city.
The Self-portrait of P.P Rubens is being restored. The masterpiece with iconic value rarely leaves its place. But has been sent to Brussels where it is being restored by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage.