Middelheim Park & Open Air Sculpture Museum in Antwerp
Middelheim Park is located in the south of Antwerp, Belgium and is one of the largest parks in the city. The park is home to a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers. In addition to its beautiful scenery, the park also has a number of sculptures and monuments.
Middelheim Museum is one of the oldest open-air museums in the world. Located in Antwerp for more than a hundred years, it is one of the museums that best reflects the combination of modern art and traditional art among the greenery.
Middelheim Park is an open-air museum. Dozens of sculptures scattered in various parts of the park give visitors a taste of both art and the fragrant feeling of nature. Located in the south of the center of Antwerp, the Middelheim Open Air Museum has collected artworks for a long time and has now reached about 400 works. Collected since the early 1900s, new works are added every year and the collection is expanding day by day.
In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum never stands still with temporary exhibitions. There is a constant turnover and this is enough to keep the museum alive and away from mediocrity. You can follow the current and upcoming exhibitions on the museum’s website, middelheimmuseum.be.
Of course, it is not possible to describe the works in the Middelheim Museum one by one. However, you can see the works of sculptors and architects from all over the world such as Belgium, China, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, the USA, England and Portugal.
While visiting the museum, the objects that attracted my attention the most were the surreal sculptures that were out of the ordinary, showing the forms we already knew in an unfamiliar way.
For example, the boat sculpture at the entrance of the Middelheim Open Air Museum is one of them. The boat stands crookedly on the wall, between falling into the water and not falling. This sculpture is by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. Or the statue of the King and Queen by Henry Moore, which attracts attention with its unusual forms.
It is not only a museum, but also a place of relaxation for those who want to get away from the stress of the city, or a fresh air depot where those who do not miss their morning exercise can go jogging. There is also a restaurant and café for those who want to have a drink and eat in this peaceful environment.
The plant life in Middelheim Park
Middelheim Park is home to a wide variety of plant life, including many rare and endangered species. The park is also home to a number of trees that are over 100 years old.
Middelheim Park opening hours
You can visit the park free of charge from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.
Where is Middelheim Park and how to get there?
It is very easy to get to Middelheim Park. You can take bus number 17 from Antwerp Centraal Station and reach Beukenlaan – Dikke Mee in 15 minutes. Then you will reach the park with a walk of about 500 meters. Middelheim Park is located at Middelheimlaan 61.
Middelheim Park is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever seen. It is huge, with plenty of space to walk around, and it has an incredible variety of flowers and trees. If you are ever in Antwerp, I highly recommend checking it out!