Museum Mayer van den Bergh
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Mayer van den Bergh was an avid art collector in the 19th century, and the best of his collection is displayed in this small museum.
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Steven
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Aug 2022 • Family
One weekend a year, Antwerp Museums are open to public for free, as part of a ‘Cultural Weekend’. This isn’t very well publicised, and doesn’t prevent them from selling advance tickets. In fact, the man at the ticket desk at the Mayer Van Den Berg Museum likes to make a little joke of this at the expense of visitors. This came after an odd interaction where he beckoned me forwards, only to then tell me off because there was someone else in front of me (yes, I can see that, but you told me to come forwards!). After waiting for a long time (as if in punishment - the museum was very quiet), he told me my ticket was invalid. Then he revealed the punchline - because it’s free for everyone to come in! When I queried why tickets are sold for a day when it is free to enter, he said ‘yes, well, you can complain, but not here’. It’s a shame because it’s actually a lovely museum, but as other visitors have noted, the customer service rather ruins the experience.
Written August 27, 2022
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gianluca70
Brussels, Belgium235 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Last Sunday I have been verbally harassed by a male gallery attendant in this museum. In the Brueghel room I was admiring some details of the masterpiece and in doing so I momentarily obstructed the view of the painting to two ladies sited on the bench behind me. After the ladies asked me to move slightly, I swiftly complied and the matter ended there. Unfortunately, this attendant rushed to me shouting that I should not obstruct the view of other visitors in an incredibly aggressive way as if I committed I don’t know what crime. He continued this aggressive and unnecessary behaviour for some time until I made clear that his behaviour was unacceptable and totally disrespectful. I have been visiting museums around the world for the last 30 years and not once I have been treated so badly by anyone, let alone a museum member of staff. This experience shocked me deeply as the gentleman at the front desk could testify and who was also very apologetic about this incident. After complaining to the museum’s manager I also received apologies and a free ticket but this experience was so negative that I will not be able to step inside this museum ever again in fear of seeing again that individual who clearly has some serious personal issues to resolve.
Written August 22, 2022
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jetapilot
Fort Lauderdale, FL228 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
This tiny museum is a great memory to her son. He collected art from all over and died at a young age. His mother opened this to show the world his collections which range from medieval statues and authentic Bruegel’s. One painting Mad Meg is not shown or copied anywhere else. Great time well spent. I encourage you to visit.
Written August 5, 2022
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margarettaylor56
St. Andrews, UK6 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
A very enjoyable visit to the personal collection of Fritz Mayer van der Bergh, assembled after his untimely death by his mother Henriette. I wish the museum covered a bit more about the life of the collector himself.
There is an audio guide which only covers the last few bits of the museum - definitely wish it covered more - and the staff gave me a nice booklet with more information about the other collections. I found the galleries very charming, especially the family portraits of the Vekemans and the Giambologna crucifix! The highlight of the collection is Pieter Brueghel’s “Mad Meg”, but there isn’t a whole lot of information about it! I definitely wish there was more, especially since Meg, or “Dulle Griet” is a figure from Flemish folklore and I was totally unfamiliar with the story the painting depicts. My days in Antwerp were very cold, windy, and rainy and this museum was a delightful place to spend the time.
Written February 28, 2022
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Ioannis Vasileiadis
Athens, Greece140 contributions
Nov 2021
If you like art , you like clothes and you think yourself modern person, it is a good option for you. So many modern clothes and near you can find MOMU with extra ideas for your style.
Written December 13, 2021
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Brian R
Vienna, VA532 contributions
Sep 2021
A good collection of art, punctuated by a couple of jaw-dropping stunners: the Fouquet Madonna and Mad Meg. It took us almost two hours, but the time flew by.
Written October 5, 2021
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Devon S
10 contributions
Jul 2021
How fun to see Mad Meg in person! The museum was nice and quiet, and I never felt rushed through the galleries - you can take your time and enjoy all the details. Audio guide quite good, providing lots of extra info that adds to the experience.
Written July 30, 2021
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CarolienBAC
Leuven, Belgium7,627 contributions
Oct 2020
Not a very famous museum, this one, but well worth the visit. What makes this museum interesting, is the combination of the building with the eclectic art collection of Fritz Mayer van den Bergh, who sadly died before he could finish his dream of a museum of his own. Luckily his loving mother was up to the task and build this museum to commemorate her son.

The collection is very interesting in itself, but thé star of the show is the world-famous painting of Mad Meg by Pieter Bruegel. I'm sure you can look one hundred times at this painting and still discover new things.

Do yourself a favor and visit this museum.
Written November 1, 2020
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HealdGreenForever
Slovakia297 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
A wonderful collection of Antwerp's finest artwork, all housed in a fine historical townhouse.

We spent a good 2 hours in the museum, thanks in no small way to the detailed audio descriptions of the pieces.
Written March 9, 2020
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tripper40
Tilburg, the Netherlands421 contributions
Mar 2020
Beautiful and eclectic, from medieval paintings to glassware to sculptures, all in a homely setting. The only drawback was the lack of light; I couldn't read all of the descriptions and even some of the paintings were shrouded in darkness, which was a pity. For 2 euros extra you also get access to the Rubenshuis, which is at about a kilometre's distance.
Written March 2, 2020
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