Museum Vleeshuis ( Butchers Hall ) pt1

by Berckmans Peter January. 25, 2020 432 views

The Vleeshuis ( Butchers Hall ) opened his doors in 1504 and was one of the dominating buildings of the city in the 16th century.It was home of the butchers guild who held their meetings there and people could buy meat on the groundfloor. From the 1800 's it was a warehouse for grains and wine. In that time the building housed also some arts. Painters had studios there and also musicians. There were performances from music, theatre and even opera ( didn't knew that ).

Now it is the museum for musical instruments especially harpsichords. It was in the 17th century that the rich and famous like Rubens and Plantin made Antwerp famous . and it was tradition to have music in their houses. The harpsichord was a very popular instrument and their was a famous harpsichord builder family in the city,the Ruckers-Couchet family.

When I was a young boy, yes once I was, the museum was much bigger than these days. And housed more than only musicinstruments. Today you can visit 2 floors the groundfloor and the basement. The collection now is named " The sound of the city ". It also shows you bell making, the museum has a nice collection of the foundry family Sergeys.

Today I have heard you can book private tours ,so you can visit all 5 floors and they are working to open one floor more. Nice fact is there are still concerts being held and musicians worldwide come her to play on the old harpsichords.The museum is quite dark so it was a good opportunity to try out the low light performance of my new XT30.

A costume from the opera Signoor in China

So here ends part one , the groundfloor. This was a selection from what is there. Part two will take us to the basement and shows you another aspect of music in the city.

All photos inside are taken with Fuji XT30 and the wonderfull XF35mm f1.4 lens. Sadly could not use a tripod.

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Constantin Stephan 3 months, 2 weeks ago

This museum seems to be a magnificent place. I would love to play on some of those harpsichords, but I suppose they would not let me

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Constantin Stephan 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It is a great place to visit. Some instruments are still being used today. And they come from all over rthe world to play on them. Sometimes there are chamber orchestras giving concerts;

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Buster Bruce 1 year, 2 months ago

The deep wood at this museum is quite striking- a very interesting set

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year, 2 months ago

The building is great,one of the nicest in the city

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 2 months ago

Just superb! I am really enjoying this set, so many great perspectives and details.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks Bethany

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Iain Gilmour 1 year, 2 months ago

Some lovely details, thanks for sharing.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Iain Gilmour 1 year, 2 months ago

My pleasure

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

A beautiful venue to hold such beautiful musical treasures. Love the different POV

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

It could have been a bit more open and more light.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 1 year, 2 months ago

Love this series. The color and light is beautiful and the angles you took make each of your focused item really stand out. smile

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks,it was much more dark inside than I thought it would be.

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Abigail Gossage 1 year, 2 months ago

Good to know my xt2 and the same 35mm lens will work😃

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 year, 2 months ago

The 35 goes a long way. You also gonna need something wider. Many streets are small.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

I was thinking of my 16mm, the 35 mm and the 18-55mm.  I might not bring the 18-135mm as I am not planning on landscape...

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 year, 2 months ago

For city, you have the most covered with that choice. The 27 is one of my favs.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

😃🥂

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