Displaying several maps from 16th century Antwerp, accompanied by text explaining their history, you can piece together the growth of the city throughout time. It’s magnificent to see these ancient maps of the golden age of the city, from when it was one of the commercial hearts of the low countries, as well as the influence of Duke Alva and several other rulers. It’s remarkable how well preserved so many maps on display are.
The set-up is small, but organised in a way that you can spend quite a bit of time in it (and the ticket also allows you to visit the beautiful museum as well, which not only shows the history of book printing in the Renaissance and onwards but also the life of the Plantin-Moretus dynasty in that era as well as the stunning museum garden). Its clear and well-presented, giving you a great chronological view of important events of the time, which all contributed to the Antwerp we know today.
A definite recommendation for all clockpunk, history and cartography buffs!