The 5 most inspiring museums in Antwerp

1) MoMu

The fashion museum MoMu occupies a grand 19th-century building renovated in 1999 by Marie-José Van Hee. The architect has added a spacious lobby and a monumental staircase made from resilient merbau wood. 

interior with wooden and glass design at the Antwerp museum of fashion

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 UFO 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.

Plantin-Moretus-Museum

5) De Poorterswoning

The mediaeval beer cellar De Pelgrom is hardly a secret, but the private museum upstairs is barely known. Here you find rooms furnished in 15th-century style with old cooking pots and a caged parrot. The owner offers a lively guided tour. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 6.30 pm.

a room at the Poorterswoning

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