The 4 most inspiring museums in Antwerp

1) Hofkamer

Not many people have ever seen inside the intriguing 18th-century Hofkamer. Forgotten for many years, this remarkable rococo building has a ballroom on the ground floor with a magnificent painted ceiling illustrating The Gods on Mount Olympus and a curious bookcase toilet on the first floor lined with fake volumes made from leather and wood.

windows and painted ceiling at the Hofkamer in Antwerp

2) FoMu

Once a warehouse, now a photography museum where you can see works by some of the world’s greatest photographers. The film museum and Café Pixel are in the same building, while the museum shop is a good place to browse for books, postcards and vintage cameras.

Photobook Belge exhibition FoMu

3) Vleeshuis

An inspiring museum of musical instruments where you wander around with a digital player and headphones listening to strange instruments from the past. You might hear bagpipe music from the time of Bruegel or a virginal built in an Antwerp workshop.

Vleeshuis museum in Antwerp

4) Plantin-Moretus Museum

The rooms of this beautiful Renaissance building are filled with relics of the Plantin-Moretus publishing house, including cases of lead type, old books and detailed maps. One of Europe’s most beautiful museums, it tells the story of printing at a time when Antwerp was at the heart of the global economy.


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