The Rubens House

Always open online

The museum is always open online. Take a digital tour of the museum with director Ben van Beneden, learn everything about the portico and garden pavilion with an online talk and a 360° photography tour, 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.
Digital tour through the museum

The "Stay At Home Museum" – episode 3: Rubens

With director Ben van Beneden
Did you miss the private guide tour through the Rubens House with our director Ben van Beneden on 22th April? Don't worry, the digital tour in English with Dutch subtitles can be viewed here. In collaboration with Visit Flanders as part of the Flemish Masters 2018-2020 project.
About the restoration of portico and garden pavilion

Ben van Beneden over restauratie portiek en tuinpaviljoen

Online talk with Ben van Beneden
"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 and makes a few detours to the 17th century.
 
Portiek en tuinpaviljoen Rubenshuis
Virtual visit
Why did Rubens incorporate an ox skull in the portal? What is the meaning of the Latin proverbs above the portico entrances? Why did Rubens place a statue of Hercules in his garden pavilion? A unique online tour featuring 360° photography uncovers the portico and pavilion’s secrets and brings to life some rare traces of Rubens the architect.
In the spotlight
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.
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.
Also interesting
The Rubens House continues to add to its permanent collection. Take a look at our acquisitions and loans here.
Audio tour
Pay a virtual visit to the Rubens House with the guided tour 'The Master lives'. Online or on your smartphone with the free Antwerp Museum App.
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.