Maidens' House Museum

The Maidens’ House is a former orphanage for girls, dating from the 16th century. At present, it is home to the art collection of the Public Centre for Social Welfare, which includes some two centuries of art. From the 15th to the 17th century.

On Mechelseplein, one of Antwerp’s trendiest squares, is the Maidens’ House. In the summer especially, there’s an agreeable bustle there, but once you step inside the Maidens’ House, you are immediately struck by the peace and quiet and pious atmosphere.
 
Until 1882 the house was a girls’ orphanage. The orphans were then moved to more modern buildings, and the Maidens’ House became the headquarters of the Board of Civil Hospices, and later the Public Centre for Social Welfare. In 1884, the chapel was converted into a museum, where the Civil Hospices’ art treasures were put on display.
 
In 1925, the art collection was significantly expanded and since 1985, the entire ground floor of the old orphanage has been a museum.

More than art

But the Maidens’ House is more than works by great masters such as Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens. The museum is also dedicated to care for foundlings, orphans and the poor in Antwerp over the centuries. You will find objects from the orphans’ daily lives and products made by the girls.
 
A visit to the Maidens’ House is more than an ordinary museum visit, in other words. As you enter, you literally step from trendy modern Antwerp into medieval Antwerp. You become immersed in the lives of medieval orphans and foundlings. A tour of the Maidens’ House is guaranteed to leave a deep impression.

Has visiting the Maidens’ House left you wanting more? Then visit the Rubens House or the Museum Mayer van den Bergh.

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+32 33 38 26 20
http://www.maagdenhuismuseum.be
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