Royal Museum of Fine Arts

Antwerp, Belgium

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, founded in 1810, houses a collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries. This collection is representative of the artistic production and the taste of art enthusiasts in Antwerp, Belgium and the Northern and Southern Netherlands since the 15th century. The museum is closed for renovation until the end of 2017.

The neoclassical building housing the collection is one of the primary landmarks of the Zuid district of Antwerp. The majestic building was designed by Jacob Winders (1849–1936) and Frans van Dijk (1853-1839), built beginning in 1884, opened in 1890, and completed in 1894. Sculpture on the building includes two bronze figures of Fame with horse-drawn chariots by sculptor Thomas Vincotte, and seven rondel medallions of artists that include Boetius à Bolswert, Frans Floris, Jan van Eyck, Peter Paul Rubens, Quentin Matsys, Erasmus Quellinus II, and Appelmans, separated by four monumental sculptures representing Architecture, Painting, Sculpture, and Graphics.



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Founded: 1810
Category: Museums in Belgium

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Maité Adams (18 months ago)
Very nice museum, with the floor plan and the numbers on the walls you can follow a path, which is very nice! The bar is cosy, I ordered the ginger love beauty. Very nice when you get it en is really delicious! Gonna buy the museum pass so we can visit more musea!
Oleksandr Vladimirov (2 years ago)
Incredibly beautiful museum with a gorgeous collection in my opinion. The collection is quite international, with a strong focus on Flemish artists, but also has works by different Dutch masters, French artists, Salvador Dali, Oskar Kokoshka, and others. The virtual reality room is must see.
Bart Eekhaut (2 years ago)
It took some time to transform one of the oldest museums of Belgium into the 21st century. The original rooms have been restaured to resemble the initial concept of the museum where the former inner gardens have been transformed into fresh and new part of the museum all in white. It works. Only one remark to this new concept is the is not at all fit to absorb the vast number of visitors. Situated at the side entrance with too little lockers, a very small staircase where visitors have to go in both directions while at the other hand the majestic entrance at the front is mutilated with nadar fences...what a mistake. But once you pass this, you enter the museum through the main gallery. On the first floor the masterpieces of Rubens and Fouquet can be spotted already from far away. It goes without saying that the collection is of top quality and to be enjoyed in excellent conditions.
Jens B. (2 years ago)
Visited the museum today on the second day of reopening after 11 years or renovation. It was very enjoyable, hard to describe. Probably the most impressive museum of fine arts I have ever been to (although the Prado is still on my list). An absolute must for your visit to Antwerp. A stunning building with a mind-blowing collection of the Flemish masters and beyond, plus some fun tongue-in-cheek details on the side that grasp your attention. You will need 2-3 hours for your visit, but the impression will last much longer. A museum of world class.
Steven Peeters (2 years ago)
A real must see place when you visit Antwerp. Get a guide or just allow yourself to get lost and discover all the magic corners hidden in the new part. Actually a museum where the building is a piece of art on it's own
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