The planned redevelopment of the Rubens House - with a new reception building in Hopland and a newly laid out garden - has now been expanded to include a refurbishment of the museum itself. The Rubens House will be open up to and including 8 January 2023 but will remain closed for a longer period. It will welcome visitors again in 2027, the year in which we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Rubens’ birth. The new-build in Hopland will open in 2024 as originally planned.
The Rubens House has been discreetly building the future behind the scenes. The planned reception building in Hopland by Robbrecht & Daem Architects constitutes a first, major step toward the 21st century. The contemporary facilities will resolve many of the problems or shortcomings that visitors, researchers and employees currently experience.
With the revamp of the artist’s home in Wapper, the Rubens House is also renovating his largest masterpiece. The restoration will create more space for visitors and international exhibitions. The museum will also be fitted with optimised climate control, that meets the highest standards. The museum will combine passive measures and sustainable techniques to optimally manage the indoor climate of this historic dwelling. A comprehensive restoration of the museum’s interior will enhance the experience while the addition of a lift means the museum will become largely accessible for people with disabilities. All the interventions will take place within the existing walls with the greatest care.
Read more about the master plan on the website of the Rubens House
Image: View on the Rubens House from the garden, photo Ans Brys