Museum Hof van Busleyden

This location has reopened. Consult the website for more details.

Welcome to the Museum Hof van Busleyden! Step into this majestic and magnificent Renaissance palace in Mechelen, the capital of the Burgundian Netherlands. Follow in the footsteps of Hiëronymus van Busleyden, Margaret of Austria, Erasmus and Thomas More. Exchange ideas and reflect on our changing world, much like they did.

The opening up of the New World in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries ushered in a new era, called the Renaissance, in which man was considered the centre of the universe. An era in which everything changed. Today this house has once again become a meeting place, a place for conversations, where new ideas are born and art is collected and displayed.

Find out more about the surprising Burgundian history as you venture deeper into the Hof van Busleyden, discovering its treasures and stories. Learn more about the Burgundians’ ideas, about the city, about power and about mastership and craftsmanship. Move from lively and bustling rooms to more private and quieter places. Go in search of the real Margaret and peek into the intriguing and fragile Enclosed Gardens.

In this museum we look back at the city’s glorious history and look ahead to the future, together with you. Travel back and forth, between the past and present. Experiment and engage in a dialogue with the museum and its ever-changing collection. The story is far from finished.


Is black always black or are there different shades of black? Can you spot the difference between carbon black, super black and vantablack? And why do we call them this? Back to Black goes in search of the art-historical meanings of black, examining our contemporary experience of Burgundian black with the museum visitors. 


Museum Hof van Busleyden, Sint-Jansstraat 2a, 2800 Mechelen

Opening hours

Monday:10u - 17u

Tuesday: 10u - 17u

Wednesday: gesloten

Thursday: 10u - 22u

Friday:10u - 17u

Saturday:10u - 17u

Sunday:10u - 17u


12 EUR | standard admission

10 EUR   |  residents of Mechelen, groups

7 EUR | People with a disability

2 EUR   | 13-26 yo

Family discount  | 20% discount

2 EUR   | UiTpas with social tariff

Free  | -13yo, ICOM pass holders, Friends of the Museum Hof van Busleyden