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Open Monument Day 2024

Visit the Nottebohm Room for free during Open Monument Day. Besides a library visit, you can also take a guided tour or admire our restoration and digitisation workshops on that day.

    Sunday 8 September 2024 from 10:00 to 18:00

Heritage Day 2024

What makes a house a (real) home? Heritage Day seeks out what makes the ordinary so special, past and present. A day full of feelings, facts, sensory experiences, discoveries and questions about your nearby neighbourhood, connection, migration, travel and much, much more! 

    Sunday 21 April 2024 from 10:00 to 17:00

Miraeus Lecture by Virginia Blanton

The Afterlives of Syon Abbey Books

In this Miraeus Lecture, Professor Virginia Blanton (University of Missouri-Kansas City) takes the floor and examines the wanderings of the sisters in the Cambrai diocese between 1539 and 1580 as a context for local lore of their devotional and administrative books.

    Wednesday 24 April 2024 from 18:30 to 20:00

Miraeus Lecture by Renaud Adam

Censorship and Biblioclasm in the Low Countries (15th-16th centuries)

During this Miraeus Lecture, Renaud Adam talks about censorship and biblioclasm in the Low Countries during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Behind-the-scenes tour

What goes on in a historic preservation library? Find out during our behind-the-scenes tours.

    Saturday 20 April 2024 from 10:00 to 11:30
    Soldout Saturday 27 April 2024 from 10:00 to 11:30
    Soldout Saturday 4 May 2024 from 10:00 to 11:30
    Soldout Saturday 11 May 2024 from 10:00 to 11:30
    Soldout Saturday 18 May 2024 from 10:00 to 11:30
    Soldout Saturday 25 May 2024 from 10:00 to 11:30

Fellowship Programme

Early printed books in Antwerp

The Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library and the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Antwerp) are pleased to launch a new call for applications for our fellowship programme. We will award two travel grants for research into the history of the early printed book (15th-18th century) in Antwerp, with the gracious support of the Thierry and Frédéric Nottebohm Grant of the Nottebohm Family Foundation.

Expert tour Baroque Influencers: Sarah Joan Moran

Dr Sarah Joan Moran focuses on religious art

During this tour, you will walk through the exhibition with an expert. How does an expert look at this expo? What interpretations does she make from his or her field of expertise? No doubt food for discussion!

Treasures of the Nottebohm Room

Guided tour for groups

Visit one of the most beautiful and prestigious library spaces with your association or group. A guide will take you through the history of the building and explain the special books kept there.

Baroque Influencers

Jesuits, Rubens and the Art of Persuasion

Today, the Nottebohm Room is the most ornate room at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library. But did you know that 250 years ago a miraculous chapel could be found here? It was very popular with Antwerp's elite, including Rubens and Van Dyck. The exhibition brings this mysterious location back to life. 

The Nottebohm Room is open to individual visitors from June 15 until September 15, 2024

The Nottebohm Room is a hidden gem. This prestigious library space shines in all its facets. And from this summer you can also discover the magic of this unique place in the heart of Antwerp on your own.