The reopening

When will the museum open

The museum will open on September 25, 2022.

Can I still become a member of the test group The Finest Hundred?

No, The Finest Hundred have all been selected and are working hard.

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Practical information

How can I support the museum?

You can support the museum by becoming a member of the Friends of the KMSKA, by donating a work of art, by including the museum as a charity in your will or by making a financial contribution. This is possible both as a private person and as a company. Read more.

From what date can I buy tickets?

From 6 months before the opening you can buy a ticket via this website. 

When can I book a guided tour or a school visit?

You can book a guided tour or a school visit via this website from six months before the opening. 

Can the museum be used as a photo or video location?

As the museum is still being renovated, we are currently only allowing shoots by partners with whom we have or can develop a long-term collaboration in the context of the reopening. This applies, for example, to our Artists in Residence and neighbours. After the reopening, you will be able to visit the museum on Mondays for a shoot. Please contact Marketing & Communication for further information or to submit a specific request.

Can I rent a space in the museum for a meeting or party?

After reopening, the museum will rent out several rooms and halls. More detailed information about the rooms, their prices and conditions will follow from March 2022 onwards.

Why are there already some visitors in the museum?

In consultation with the Flemish Government as building promoter, we no longer organise visits for the general public. After all, there are still various contractors on site, which has ramifications in terms of liability. The building promoter also strictly monitors the timing of the various works.

Only in very exceptional cases, small-scale public events are organised, as part of sustainable partnerships, specifically for Artists in Residence, neighbours, stakeholders or other structural partners.

The rebuilding

How long will the renovation work take?

The actual rebuilding will continue until April 2022. Until then we will be working on the offices, the De Keyser Hall and the gardens. Once the work has reached the finishing phase, we will install the furniture and works of art in the rooms. We will then apply signs and labels to the halls while adjusting the lighting.

Which works are being carried out now?

We are currently testing the new climate control system. It has to run for a year in order to be tested for use throughout the seasons. At the same time, we are renovating the office wing at the back of the museum. In addition to offices, it will also contain workshop spaces. Parallel to these works, we have started to redesign the museum gardens and to apply gold decoration to the mouldings in the two central museum halls, the Rubens and Van Dyck Halls. For further details, see our renovation page.

What work still needs to be done?

We are currently testing the new climate control system. It has to run for a year in order to be tested throughout the seasons. At the same time, we are renovating the office wing at the back of the museum. In addition to offices, it will also contain workshop spaces. Parallel to these works, we have started to redesign the museum gardens and to apply gold decoration to the mouldings in the two central museum halls, the Rubens and Van Dyck Halls. For further details, see our renovation page.

Why was the renovation necessary?

The climate control system no longer met the requirements for keeping the priceless art collection safe for future generations. The roof was leaking and in need of complete renovation. Moreover, the museum was struggling with a lack of space for both the collection and museum functions. As a result, various museum halls were being used as storage rooms, restoration studios and offices. Consequently, the original itinerary through the museum rooms was disrupted and confusing. Parts of the façade came loose and the garden design was no longer discernible. The museum was worn out and in need of a master plan in which the contemporary needs for collection management, exhibiting, art handling and public outreach could all be accommodated.

The museum gardens

What is the design concept?

The new museum garden will be a green oasis and a haven of peace in a very lively part of the city. It will be the museum's first exhibition space and a place where local residents and visitors can enjoy small-scale and quiet activities. 

How tall are the new trees?

The planting takes into account the balance between the existing mature trees and new young trees. Thus, the 36 new elms will be sufficiently mature to fit into the overall scheme.

Does the new garden design consider sustainability?

There will be more trees than ever before. The trees will be monitored until they are well established. The incorporation of a substrate in the planting pit helps retain water longer. In the first few years, this aeration can also be used to water the trees directly at the root. In their design, Team van Meer! opted above all for a clever way of dealing with water. We do not drain any water into the sewers - all the water infiltrates our own grounds. The paths and their foundations allow for delayed seepage. In the event of heavy or prolonged downpours, the water is discharged into the adjacent green zones. On some slopes, gutters catch run-off water. This water is led to an underground infiltration facility, good for 40m³ for the whole garden.

Will the lawn at the back of the museum remain accessible?

For safety reasons and to allow the gardening work to proceed smoothly, the site fence will be extended to the rear of the building. This means that, temporarily, you will not be able to access the lawn. 

Will the remains of the citadel of Alva continue to be accessible to the public?

The remains of the citadel were studied and mapped by the Archaeological Service of the City of Antwerp. There will be no trees or paved areas where the citadel is located. Should the City of Antwerp ever decide to make it publicly accessible, this would still be possible.

Will the petanque court and Ann Demeulemeester's bench in front of the KMSKA be preserved?

Yes, they will. The petanque court is not included in the garden design, but belongs to the museum square. This square will be refurbished. In addition, the KMSKA asked the city to straighten the current court. There is also a real petanque court in the Baron d'Haenenslaan, close to the museum. The bench is also part of the museum square and will therefore remain.

What will happen to the William of Orange sculpture at the back of the museum?

This work of art was donated by artist Jean Paul Laenen and will be retained in its current location. It will remain entirely as it is at present. 

Collection and research

Can I view the museum collection digitally?

Yes, you can visit the entire collection here.

Can I have a work of art valued?

No, the KMSKA does not appraise works of art. For this, you can contact an auction house or recognised valuer in your region.

Here you will find the answers to questions we regularly receive. Is your question not amongst them? Ask your question via the contact form.