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“A real treasure”

Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Ranked #14 of 154 things to do in Antwerp
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Owner description: Mayer van den Bergh was an avid art collector in the 19th century, and the best of his collection is displayed in this small museum.
Milan, Italy
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A real treasure”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

The origin of this museum is a private collection, and it contains a huge variety of art pieces and historical materials. It gives a great panoramic view of the history of the region, during its richest development period. Very cheap entrance.

Visited December 2013
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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“Interesting little museum”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

This museum contains one man's collection. Mayer van den Bergh collected items that took his interest for 20 years before his premature death in the early 20th century. His mother continued with his life dream and turned his collection into a museum.

It's not a big museum but there are some star items to look at. I knew nothing of what was there and was blown away at finding a room full of Bruegels and a few of their contemporaries. Apparently in the late 19th century the Bruegel family's paintings were almost unknown and it was van den Bergh who brought them to people's attention. There was also a fascinating room containing medieval French and Dutch sculptures that he snapped up under the noses of the big Paris museums. Apart from these two rooms, everyone will probably find something to pique their interest. His collection is eclectic and fascinating.

There is an entrance charge with a free very useful little guide book that helps where labelling doesn't. It's free with the Citycard.

Visited April 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1,405 reviews
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“actually damn fine place”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Only wnet because we got a joint ticket with the Rubens Museum but after visiting both, we (4 of us) agreed that this was exceptional value. Great eclectic mix and something for everyone.

Visited March 2014
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“A gem of a museum for Breugel fans.”
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Its serene and quiet atmosphere makes it easy to transport one to the Middle Ages as you view its marvelous art collection.You almost expect its original owner to make an appearance.

Visited February 2014
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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“Amazing personal collection”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

A wonderful museum with a huge range of works of art all collected by one person, all housed in a fascinating building. The guide book which comes with the entrance ticket gives in depth information on many of the objects.

Visited January 2014
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