• The Rubens House in a nutshell

    “Welcome to my house!” Peter Paul Rubens, a brilliant and versatile artist, invites you to his palazzo.

You can now visit the Rubens House again.

Discover Rubens’ life and work and enjoy his imposing city palace with its garden and portico. The health and safety of our visitors and our staff is paramount, so we will ensure safe surroundings for your visit. We also ask you to take a number of measures into account. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

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In the spotlight
You can now visit the Rubens House again. Discover Rubens’ life and work and enjoy his imposing city palace with its garden and portico. The health and safety of our visitors and our staff is paramount, so we will ensure safe surroundings for your visit. We also ask you to take a number of measures into account. We look forward to seeing you very soon!
In the spotlight
Rubens House presents five new loans
The Rubens Househas a remarkable new exhibit to unveil: a recently rediscovered Rubens self-portrait. It is one of five new loans to add to the lustre of the artist’s former residence.
Online talk with Ben van Beneden

Ben van Beneden over de restauratie van portiek en tuinpaviljoen Rubenshuis

About the restoration of portico and garden pavilion
"No botox, no fillers, no repairs, no false nose, no false ears. No, keep the original material as much as possible." This is how director Ben van Beneden describes the essence of the restoration of the portico and garden pavilion. In 15 minutes he takes you on a journey of 400 years through time. His story starts with the restoration of the Rubens House in 1939, makes a detour to the 17th century and ends with a call to vote for the Rubens House.
Vote for the Rubens House

On May 7, 2020, the Rubens House won the international Europa Nostra Award for the restoration of portico and garden pavilion in the category Conservation. There is also a public choice award associated with this prestigious heritage prize, and we would of course like to win that too. Help us get that public award by voting online until September 1, 2020.

Vote here for the Rubens House

In the spotlight
Help us to win the public choice award too
The 2020 European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards saw the Rubens House honoured with one of the world’s most renowned heritage prizes for the restoration of its portico and garden pavilion. Members of the public are invited to vote online to help the Rubens House collect the Public Choice Award too.
Project
The imposing portico and garden pavilion at the Rubens House can now be viewed again by the public. After a year and a half, their restoration is complete. Rubens designed both features himself, making them rare evidence of Rubens as an architect.
In the spotlight
The museum is always open online. Check out our acquisitions and loans or find out more about Rubens by taking our audio tour ‘The Master Lives’ via the Antwerp Museum App.
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.
Interesting lecture
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.
New construction
Opening in 2024
A brand-new building with an interactive visitor centre and numerous visitor facilities. The Rubens Experience Center will open in 2024.