Visit The Erasmus House and Beguinage
An unmissable historical complex, The Erasmus House and the Beguinage are two of the oldest municipal museums in Belgium. Dutch Renaissance humanist, Erasmus, stayed in this house in 1521 and the house was converted into a museum in 1932. Today, the house hosts both a museum and a study center. In the museum visitors can see a collection of ancient paintings, Gothic sculptures, and furniture. The study center contains one of the largest collections of 16th-century volumes, as well as thousands of early printed books, which can only be visited by researchers and people consulting the ancient books. Take a tour through several rooms of the house and discover private and intellectual life of this great humanist and scholar.
The Erasmus House also contains two unique green gardens that serve as medicinal and philosophical green spaces. The medicine garden is a botanical portrait of Erasmus the humanist, home to about 100 plants from the 16th century, which Erasmus used to treat himself for illness. The philosophical garden contains several plants and flowers that Erasmus saw during his numerous journeys.