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The Letterenhuis

The memory of Flemish literature

The memory of Flemish literature


The ‘Museum van de Vlaamsche Letterkunde' [Museum of Flemish Literature] was founded in 1933. More than 80 years later, the Letterenhuis has grown into a literary archive centre for Flanders. It stimulates attention for the literary heritage and collects, preserves and makes accessible the archival and documentary heritage of literature in Flanders.

The building

The Letterenhuis was originally housed in the De Beukelaer House on the Minderbroedersrui. In 1959, a new and modern building in the Minderbroedersstraat was taken into use.

Flemish Masterpieces

The Flemish Masterpieces Decree protects rare and indispensable masterpieces. The list includes two manuscripts from the Letterenhuis collection.

The Letterenhuis in a nutshell

The Letterenhuis is the largest literature archive in Flanders. Its mission is to safeguard the literary heritage. You can visit the reading room to consult the extensive collection for research. In the museum there is a permanent exhibition about 200 years of literature in Flanders.

Antwerpen Boekenstad

Antwerp Book City

Antwerpen Boekenstad [Antwerp Book City] carries out a support policy for existing projects and a promotional policy that profiles Antwerp as the book metropolis for Flanders.

About the Letterenhuis

The Letterenhuis is the literary archive of Flanders. It collects and preserves manuscripts, letters, photographs and other documents by writers, poets, publishers and literary magazines from 1800 to the present.


Consult our collection online via Agrippa and read more about what our reading room has to offer. Here you can also follow current research or find more information about borrowing and the reproductions.

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