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Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA)
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA)

Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA)

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Leopold De Waelpaats, Antwerp

The Basics

Located in the ultrahip Zuid district, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp(KMSKA) is housed in a neoclassical building with a colonnaded facade. Hop-on hop-off bus tours stop outside the museum and provide a great way to explore the city at your own pace. Travelers can also visit the museum during a day trip from Brussels, Bruges, or Amsterdam, which typically combine a guided city tour with free time to explore Antwerp independently.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp(KMSKA) is a must-visit for lovers of classic art.

  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible.

  • Most visitors spend around one to two hours exploring the museum.

  • The museum is home to a café and gift shop.

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How to Get There

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp(KMSKA) is in the Zuid district, which is just a short walk along the river from the historic center of Antwerp. Close by are the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp and the Fotomuseum, so it’s easy to combine visits to these sights.

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When to Get There

As one of the city’s more popular museums, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp(KMSKA) is most crowded on weekends and holidays, especially during the summer season. For a quieter experience, visit midweek if possible.

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Highlights of the Collection

In the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, paintings by Flemish primitives—Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling—sit beside works by Quentin Massys, the founding father of the Antwerp school. Notable pieces include religious art such asMadonna at the Fountain, the morbidly titledSkeletons Fighting for the Body of a Hanged Man, and theDiptych of Philip de Croÿ with the Virgin and Child.

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