Rubens spent most of his lifetime in this palace, and it was only sold after his death. The city bought it in 1937, and after an extensive restoration the Rubenshuis was opened to the public in 1946. Dozens of paintings and artworks by Rubens and his contemporaries were installed in the rooms, as well as period furniture. Paintings include his early Adam and Eve (c. 1600) and a self portrait made when he was about fifty. The Rubenianum, a centre dedicated to the study of Rubens, is in a building at the rear of the garden.
The Rubenshuis ("Rubens House") is the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) in Antwerp. It is now a museum. In the adjacent studio he and his students executed many of the works for which Rubens is famous. He had established a well-organized workshop that met the demands of his active studio, including large commissions from England, France, Spain and Bavaria and other locations. He relied on students and collaborators for much of the actual work. Rubens himself, however, guaranteed the quality and often finished paintings within his own hand. In a separate private studio he made drawings, portraits and small paintings without the assistance of his students and collaborators.