"Royal Museum" KMSKA Royal Museum of Fine Arts Tip by xiquinho

In 1875, a plan to develop a new neighborhood south of Antwerp was approved by the city council. In 1878, a competition was organized to design a new Art Museum in the middle of this neighborhood, known as 't Zuid (Southside). The old museum, situated in the north of Antwerp was destroyed by a fire. The competition resulted in a compromise where Jan Jacob Winders, the Antwerp architect who also designed a large statue in the new neighborhood, defined most of the exterior design. The interior was designed by Hendrik Frans Van Dijk.

The museum, built as a temple for the Arts (similar to museums in Munich and Dresden) between 1884 and 1890 replaced an old Spanish Castle. It was one of the main attractions of the 1894 Antwerp World Exposition.

Address: Leopold de Waelplaats
Directions: a nice 15 minutes walk from the city centre
Phone: Tel: +32 (0)3 242 04 16

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