Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Antwerp Sights

Museum Mayer Van den Bergh

  • Lange Gasthuisstraat 19 Map It
  • Kruidtuin
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/18/2013

Fodor's Review

Pieter Bruegel the Elder's arguably greatest and most enigmatic painting, Dulle Griet (room 9), is the showpiece of the 4,000 works that passionate art connoisseur Mayer Van den Bergh amassed in the 19th century. Often referred to in English as "Mad Meg," the painting portrays an irate woman wearing helmet and breastplate—a sword in one hand, and food and cooking utensils in the other—striding across a field strewn with the ravages and insanity of war. There is no consensus on how to read this painting. Some consider it one of the most powerful antiwar statements ever made. Others claim that it denounces the Inquisition. Either way, nothing could be further from the Bruegelian villages than this nightmare world. The museum also has a set of Bruegel's witty, miniature illustrations of Twelve Proverbs, based on popular Flemish sayings, and such treasures as a life-size polychrome statue from about 1300 of St. John resting his head on Christ's chest (room 6). It is, however, the Bruegels that make this small museum a must. There's an English-language pamphlet included with admission that reviews part of the collection.

Sight Information


Lange Gasthuisstraat 19, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium

Map It



Sight Details:

  • €8 (€10 in combination with Rubenshuis)
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–5; free last Wed. of the month.

Updated 10/18/2013


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Antwerp

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss



No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.