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Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

Wapper 9-11, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
32 (0)3-201 15 55
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Ranked #7 of 81 Attractions in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums
Traveler Description: Rubens oversaw the building of this house when his early fortune enabled him such extravagance at the age of 33. Works by Rubens and other prominent... more »
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Situated in the old city. Absoultely fantastic museum of Reubens former home. fascinating to think you would walk past a painting that was worth many millions of euros. Reasonably priced entry fee. Allow at least a couple of hours to give the place a chance. A must see in Antwerp.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Rubenshuis gives a glimpse of what life was like during Rubens's period (among the high social classes, of course). The art, the furniture, the decorations, and other household paraphernalia. all give a sense of what it was like to be a rich member of society back then. The interior courtyard is lovely, too.

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germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Actually that title is a bit unfair: this is a family home from centuries ago and it was never meant to be visited by hundreds of people day in day out. But the fact is the quality of the experience is affected by this. It is a bit of a must-see so by all means go. But be prepared to... More

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Antwerp Province, Belgium
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If you like to know a little more about how Rubens lived, this museum is certainly worth your visit See the Palacio which he created based on his visits in Italy, and how his work developed over time

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I had wanted to go to Rubens' House for years as I teach history of art. It is mostly a reconstruction of his house, apart from the garden pavilion and stone screen, and they don't really let on that this is the case. However, it is so atmospheric and convincing that it doesn't matter.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A lovely house with so many fascinating pictures and other works of art. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and would be happy to go again. We were given a useful brochure when we got our tickets. It provided useful background information when we went around the building.

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Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great place for a quick visit. You won't see anything mind boggling, but its a pleasant detour on anyones trip

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This place has a well organized tour that will give you a good info on the person that Ruben the whole history and works of his life. There are works of other artists as well. The place is very good to know about the artist and to be in and experience the very house that he helped building. I loved... More

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

When going in, I initially thought that it was a museum. But yes, it is a museum, but in the real Rubens House. You actually get to see paintings by him; but also the works that he enjoyed and kept in his house. This is a neat concept as you can see those that he admired and copied. The visit... More

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Alpine, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Great tour, fantastic artwork and a depth of history rarely found anywhere due to the ravages of wars. The gem did survive and is worth several hours of viewing. I have been there several times and each time new details are seen. Must agree the lighting is dim for our standards but it is as it would have been in... More

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