Noble Living

from 26 October 2018 till 20 January 2019

Location University Library

Kasteel1600 Min

The exhibition 'Noble Living. The castle at Heverlee from Croÿ to Arenberg' at the University Library sheds light on the extraordinary history of Arenberg Castle, its interior and occupants. A treasure trove of fine drawings, prints, rare books and manuscripts awaits.

In the seventeenth century the Arenbergs inherited the Croÿ family’s hunting seat and surrounding forests. Over the years the Arenberg castle in Heverlee underwent a number of architectural alterations as it was adapted to changing tastes and fashions. However, the building’s original character is still very much in evidence today. The latest technology takes visitors to the University Library back in time and shows the castle as it has never been seen before.

The exhibition 'Noble Living' also sheds light on life at the castle from the nineteenth century through to the beginning of the twentieth century. During that period the castle at Heverlee played a crucial role in the lives of the Arenbergs, as evidenced by old photographs and some of the original furniture. The exhibition also looks beyond the lives of the princes and princesses who lived at the castle to the lives of the estate’s many servants.


Combine a visit to the exhibition at the University Library with the exhibition at M - Museum Leuven. The Combi-ticket also allows you to visit the University Library itself and the tower.


  • Normal price: € 6
  • Concession: € 5
  • With an I LUV Leuven Ticket: € 5

With a ticket for the University Library site costing €10 you can visit the University Library and the library tower.

These tickets are only available from the desk at the University Library.

Practical Info

Mondays – Sundays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on December 25th and 26th 2018 and on January 1st 2019.

from 26 October 2018 till 20 January 2019
University Library
Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 21
3000 Leuven