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Nottebohm Room of the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library

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Hendrik Conscienceplein 4, Antwerp 2000 Belgium
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JTFT_17 wrote a review Sep 2018
Antwerp, Belgium8 contributions2 helpful votes
If you would like to visit this library, a special section of the City Library, conveniently located at a stonetrow from the Cathedral and all the hotspots in the centre of the city: do as the locals do, because it is not permanently open for visitors. There are lectures and temporarily exhibitions. Contact the City Centre for Tourism first or surf to the excellent website of the Antwerp musea (in different languages, including English). You may have to make a reservation rather early, because each (guided) exhibition, giving you access to the Nottebohm library, is planned many months before and tickets are very high in demand. [next to the Tourist office at the Great Market place, there is a ticketing office of the City, where people who had booked and paid their tickets, but must give a last minute cancellation, have the courtesy to inform that office and when lucky you can there pick up a ticket for the period you’re in Antwerp, that office is at a 5 minutes walk from the library.] What can you expect? : the library was a gift of a private collector who had the means to acquire some,of the rarest books worldwide. Antwerp is a city of printing and books. The very first newspaper was printed in Antwerp. We also have the printing shop of Plantyn & Moretus, which is UNESCO world heritage status. There all the then known and used bibles in the world where printed, with equal respect for the religion and the worshippers. It was at the occasion of an exhibition of religious documents some over thousands years old, that was up till now my latest visit to this unique library (and during my business travelling all over the world during nearly 6 decades I always tried to visit local libraries) it.s always a special moment when I walk along its’entrance, even when that happens many times a week.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Peter wrote a review May 2018
Antwerp, Belgium8,036 contributions599 helpful votes
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Guided tour through the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library. The Nottebohm Room as an absolute gem and the highlight of the tour. Blaeu's celestial and terrestrial globes are restored to their former glory. Fabulous setting with 150,000 historical volumes. Absolutely recommended.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Trainbleu wrote a review Jul 2017
Brussels, Belgium18,873 contributions662 helpful votes
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We visited the exhibition “The impact of the press and social media” in the Nottebohm Room of the Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience (‘Ergoedbibliotheek’ in Dutch) because we wanted to have another look at the room, which is open to the public for exhibitions, lectures, concerts or guided tours. The Nottebohm Room, dating from 1936, is a beautiful old library section containing the oldest books of the library and a celestial and a terrestrial globe by Willem Jansz. Blaeu (1571-1638). The present exhibition lasts until 17 September 2017 and is open every day of the week except Monday from 1 pm to 5 pm. The entrance fee is only 3 euro and entrance is free the last Wednesday of the month. We weren’t too impressed with the exhibition itself, which promised rather more than it could deliver. Architecture lover should not miss the Hendrik Conscience square (Hendrik Conscienceplein' in Dutch) surrounded by a harmonious ensemble of 17th century buildings, among which the impressive Jesuit Carolus Borromeus Church (reviewed elsewhere).
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Date of experience: June 2017
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