Museum Vleeshuis

(FR) Le Musée Maison des Bouchers | (NL) Museum Vleeshuis
Where Butcher's Hall Becomes the Stage for Musical Marvels
The Vleeshuis

Nestled in the heart of Antwerp, Museum Vleeshuis carries a legacy that spans centuries. Housed within a stunning Renaissance building, this museum was once a bustling marketplace for meat traders. Its name, “Vleeshuis,” in Dutch translates to “Butcher’s Hall,” reflecting its historical role in the city’s trade and commerce.

Journey through Music and Sound

Museum Vleeshuis has undergone a transformation from its market days, now standing as a repository of Antwerp’s musical heritage. The museum’s interactive exhibits transport visitors through time, unraveling the city’s musical tapestry. From the evolution of instruments to the melodies that once graced its cobblestone streets, the museum is a symphony of sound and history.

Highlights to Explore

Vleeshuis Museum, Antwerp (c) Antwerpen Tourisme en Congres
Vleeshuis Museum, Antwerp (c) Antwerpen Tourisme en Congres

Musical Instruments: Explore an impressive collection of musical instruments, ranging from ornate harpsichords to majestic pipe organs. Discover the craftsmanship that brought these instruments to life and the stories they carry.

Soundscapes and Interactive Displays: Immerse yourself in the sounds of Antwerp’s past through immersive soundscapes and interactive displays that allow you to experience the city’s musical traditions firsthand.

Musical Manuscripts and Artifacts: Delve into the written word of music through an array of manuscripts and artifacts, shedding light on the composition, notation, and preservation of melodies over time.

Getting There

Museum Vleeshuis is located at the city center of Antwerp, just 5 minute walk from Grote Markt and Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal). You can reach the museum very easily, especially by public transport or by bicycle.


Vleeshouwersstraat 38/40,
2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
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Hours and Fees


Thursday to Sunday: from 10am to 5pm


Monday to Wednesday
On 1 January, 1 May, Ascension Day, 1 November, 25 December


Your admission is free if you have museumPASSmusées, Antwerp City Pass.

Adults (26+): € 8,
Young Adults (18-25): €5,
Wheelchair-users (since they can only visit the groundfloor) : €5,
Children (18 and under): Free,