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Middelheim Open Air Sculpture museum or in Duth called Beeldentuin Meiddelheim Museum is a 30-acre sculpture park that becomes a park of Middelheim Nachtegalen Park located at Antwerp. The part of the Middelheim Museum Park is well-known for the sculpture that arose from the Biennale Middelheim. After 20 episodes of the sculpture exhibition of this park in 1989, the officials of the park decided to use another way to supplement the collection of the image. The park's collection of image covers 200 images, several dozen of which are installed in the Antwerp city. Besides, this Open Air Museum also covers hundreds of sculpture displayed thru Braem Pavilion's temporary exhibitions.
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The first attraction you can enjoy at this Open Air Museum is the permanent collection. The Middelheim Museum's collection includes about 400 pieces of art, all of which have been collected more than a period of more than a half century. The art works dater from around the year of 1900 to the present and display a superb international overview of contemporary and modern art. The permanent collection of this museum expands in every year. Up to now, there have been around 215 pieces of sculptures in the park. When touring at the park, the visitors could expect to find the works of Augueste Rodin, Henry Moore, Carl Andre, and many more major artists.
Next up, this museum also offers temporary collection. This collection displays the art works of artists from both international and national arts scene for both group and solo exhibitions. This temporary collection is meant to show the existing art works and also new works that were specially crafted for this open air museum.
After visiting hundreds of art works, you may feel a bit fatigued. What thing you can do then? You could then take a tour to the Middelheim Park to have a moment of relaxation. This park is a great place for you who want some quiet and peace. You could bring along your bike to go around the park. To get even better quietness, you could try sitting among the hundreds of sculptures.
In the premise of this Middelheim Park, you could also find WeiWei's Bridge. Around the area of this bridge, you could experience a great balance of nature and art at the same time in a single place. The vibe around the bridge never fails to cheer the visitors up. You could try walking across the bridge as you deeply inhale your first sweet spring breath while you are enjoying some amazing artworks by Auguste Rodin, Erwin Wurm, Henry Moore, and Panamarenko.
Another interesting attraction of this museum is the landscaped space. Bringing the style of English park, this museum offers landscape space that include more than 70-acre large prairies and also woods. With such park size, the landscaped space is able to hold various rare plant specimens.
If you think you have had enough of art works and of nature vibe, you could head to the store and café of this museum to have something to eat. The store and café are a bit old-fashioned but they are all beautiful house. However, once you are at the café and or the store, you won't be able to enjoy any art exhibition anymore.
How to Get Tickets?
This museum is such a great attraction to visit when you are in Antwerp city. To visit this museum, you don't need to worry about the admission fee as you could always visit this museum for free every day. Even if you come with a big group of friends, you don't need to purchase any ticket.
How To Get Around?
To get around the museum and the park, you could use your own bicycle. However, if you bring your bicycle inside the park, no one will guarantee the safety of the bicycles. Your bicycle is fully your responsibility.
What Should I Wear?
There are no specific rules about how you should dress when visiting the park and the museum. Simply make sure that you wear comfortable attires so you can enjoy your visit there.
Best Time to Visit
The opening hours of the museum really depend on the season. Refer to the following times below: October – March, the museum opens at 10am until 5 pm. In April, the museum opens from 10 am until 7pm. In May, the museum opens at 10am until 8pm. In June and July, the museum operates from 10am until 9pm. In August, the museum opens at 10am until 8pm. In September, the museum opens at 10am until 7pm.
Will I Need a Guide?
Even exploring the museum without a guide is easy as there are maps and signage at the museum and park. Extensive signage even has been built up in all park areas. The signage is intended to guide the visitors to the castle and various pavilions. Besides, there are also maps at 3 different main entrances. Those maps are intended to provide the visitors with an overview of the museum.
How To Get There?
There are plenty of public transport choices you could choose to get to this open air museum. The first one is by taking bus or tram from Antwerp's Central Station. Take bus no 17 or 21 or 32 or tram no 15 to go to this museum. If you catch a bus from Berchem station, get a bus with a number of 21 or 32. Meanwhile, if you are coming from central Antwerp, catch tram 7 and if you are from Merksem-Hoboken, get bus 33. In addition, you could also go to the museum by bike or car by taking the Antwerp ring road, and then to the Berchem or Wilrijk exit.
Remember that the city of Antwerp is in Low Emission Zone as of February 1st, 2017. Therefore, make sure you use vehicles that comply with the entry conditions. Take emission test if necessary.