A place with a rich history
A true palace, centrally located on the Antwerp Meir? The Palace on the Meir was a trophy for important rulers like Napoleon Bonaparte, Willem I and the Belgian Royal Family. The famous architect Jan Pieter van Baurscheit designed this building in 1745 for the wealthy nobleman Johan van Susteren. In the early 19th century the palace was in the hands of the emperor Napoleon and got a make-over in imperial Empire style.
After Napoleon’s defeat the palace belonged to Willem I, King of the United Netherlands. In 1830, when the curtain falls on the United Netherlands, the Belgian Royal Family becomes the proud owner of the palace. At the end of the 1960’ies it is turned into a vibrant centre for contemporary art and movies.
After years of private use, the Palace on the Meir will be temporarily open to everyone again.