Welcome to the home of Hiëronymus van Busleyden! In this city palace you will discover the rich times of the Burgundian era and its significance for the city and the world beyond. Along the way you will meet a variety of Mechelen's residents: from your host, Hiëronymus van Busleyden, to the grande dame, Margaret of Austria, her cousin Charles V, and the reclusive Sisters Hospitalliers.
While we display the most beautiful artworks of the Northern Renaissance, we also run against the grain of history. Delve into themes such as nation-building, humanism, religion, globalisation, gender and power. Listen to the hushed voices of the 15th and 16th centuries: who don’t we see, or who is sidelined in the artworks? Who is missing from the inner circle? And what does that tell us about power and authority today?
In the spring of 2024, Museum Hof van Busleyden reopens the doors and shines brighter than ever: in the renewed permanent exhibition you will uncover the Burgundian era, and in the temporary exhibition you will meet the Knights of the Golden Fleece. After your visit, relax in the fully re-modelled museum gardens, inspired by the lush garden designs of the Renaissance. The artistic interpretation of the garden is by contemporary artist, Berlinde De Bruykere. The coffee bar is another brand-new feature, in the corner building, Het Schipke, where you can happily lounge before or after your museum visit.