Friday 24 02 2023
Event code
Meeting point
Nationalestraat 155 (ITM) and Leopold de Waalplaats (KMSKA)
€ 70
Non- members
€ 77
Max Attendees
Registration closes on
February 18
Filip Vanden Borre & Margaret du Maine
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0477 27 43 84

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BE17 0016 2443 2021

Antwerpen, the Institute of Tropical Medicine & the Royal Fine Arts Museum


The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), officially known as Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, is one of the world’s leading institutes for training and research in tropical medicine and the organisation of health care in developing countries. The ITM also delivers outpatient clinical and preventive services in tropical pathologies and sexually-transmitted diseases.

The ITM has a strong reputation in research, advanced education, travel medicine and care for HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases as well as capacity-building in developing countries; the World Health Organization  recognized ITM as a reference center for AIDS research.

Peter Piot and his colleagues at the institute were the first to demonstrate that AIDS was a tropical African disease. ITM also is an international reference center for a series of diseases and pathogens, such as the Ebola virus.

Institute of Tropical Medicine

The new KMSKA (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerpen) stands for historical grandeur combined with a distinctive contemporary volume. Our guide will lead us along the highlights of seven centuries of art. From Flemish masters such as Van Eyck, Rubens and Jordaens to world-class artists such as Fouquet, Titian, Alechinsky, Modigliani and Rodin. The KMSKA also houses the world’s largest collection of Ensor’s work.

Koninklijk Museum Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (KMSKA)

Special measures for this event

There is a strict limit to the number of people who can be accommodated in the Institute for Tropical Medicine (ITM). This means that we can have no more than 15 people there in the morning and 15 in the afternoon. Unfortunately the result is that we have to split into 2 groups, who will only meet up at lunch time. The guides for the ITM can manage both languages, but the museum (KMSKA) is providing us with a Dutch guide in the morning and an English guide in the afternoon, so there are 2 meeting points, as follows:

9:45 am

  • English group at entrance to ITM (Nationalestraat 155)
  • Dutch group at entrance to KMSKA (Leopold de Waalplaats 1)

14:15 pm

  • English group at entrance to KMSKA (Leopold de Waelplaats 1)
  • Dutch group at entrance to ITM (Nationalestraat 155)

The tours begin at 10 am and 14:30 pm respectively, so please be on time.

The organizers will send a message to all participants before the trip, so that you are sure to which group you belong and where you are expected to start the day.

Lunch is served in a brasserie near the KMSKA. If you would like a vegetarian meal, please let us know when registering.

Antwerp has an extensive network of tram and bus lines throughout the entire city.
Even if you prefer to come to the city by car, you can always park at one of the many P+R areas (click here) on the outskirts of the city and transfer to public transport.

The Kooldok Q-park (Waalsekaai 1) (click here) is located within walking distance (500m) from both the Museum and the ITM.

Antwerp is easily accessible by train. Each hour, multiple trains connect with most Belgian cities. 

In metro station ‘Diamant’ (near Central Station) take tram 15 or 9 to ‘Groenplaats’ (3 stops – 6 min).
At the Groenplaats take tram 4 to ‘Tropisch Instituut’ (2 stops) or ‘Museum’ (3 stops – 6 min)