On the 23rd of April (Heritage Day) you can visit numerous museums free of charge. Free entrance tickets can be booked via the websites of the museums.

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Museum Mayer van den Bergh

Museum Mayer van den Bergh

During his short life, Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) collected some 3,000 works, among which ‘Mad Meg’ (‘Dulle Griet’) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. After his sudden death in 1901, his mother Henriette was left with her son’s unfulfilled dream: to open a museum devoted to his breath-taking collection.

When you visit the Museum Mayer van den Bergh today you will enter a world full of paintings, altarpieces, sculptures, manuscripts and tapestries. Each one displayed in an atmospheric interior, full of delicate little art treasures. You will feel Fritz’s enthusiasm and expert eye and his mother’s unconditional love for her son.

3 reasons why this is worth your visit

  • ‘Mad Meg’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, which has been beautifully restored.
  • An excellent and varied collection of ancient art, including paintings, sculptures, jewellery, textiles, furniture and manuscripts.
  • An inspiring story about the passion, decisiveness and perseverance of a young, visionary collector and his mother.