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Visiting the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Tony Cragg at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp




The Middelheim Museum is an open-air museum located in Antwerp, Belgium. It’s a sculpture park, full of interesting artworks created by artists from several countries. The park is big and you can spend many hours there (see the map here). Make sure to explore both sides of the museum – there’s a highway crossing in the middle that divides the park -, the two sides are very interesting.

The collection is impressive, a mixture of pieces from different periods. You can find sculptures dating back to 1900, and also a lot of modern and contemporary pieces and installations. The Middelheim Museum has a permanent collection, and also hosts temporary exhibitions. I spent a whole morning there, and I wasn’t able to see everything.

Entrance of the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Erwin Wurm at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Corey McCorkle at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

The museum is not very touristic, is more frequented by locals.  The place is quite far from the city center, completely out of the touristic zone. You can get there by car, tram, bus or bike. Or, if you enjoy walking as much as I do, go by foot. I walked, and it took me around 50 minutes to get there from the city center.  I don’t recommend you to do that unless you have a lot of time to spare.

Artwork by Antony Gormley at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Charles Leplae at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp



Artwork by Charles Vandenhove at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Juan Muñoz at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Timm Ulrichs at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Jesus Rafael Soto at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

The park looks like a great place to spend a summer day, it must be fun to have a picnic in the middle of the sculptures and installations. I visited the museum during the winter, so I wasn’t able to do that, but the ambiance was pleasant anyway.

Artwork by Honoré d'O at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Chris Burden at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

Artwork by Roman Signer at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp

If you don’t understand much about art, I’m sure you’ll still enjoy the museum. The art pieces are curious and interesting, even if you don’t understand what they mean. Not to mention the combination of art and nature, it’s amazing. The Middelheim is very different from any other museum in Belgium, and it’s so worth the visit.

 

Practical Information

How much? Free admission

When? Open every day, except Monday. The opening hour is at 10 am, and the closing time depends on the season. Check out the official website before going.

Where? Middelheimlaan 61, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium.




July 17, 2018 By
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