Knights of the Golden Fleece: a Brilliant Myth Unravelled

24.02.2024 – 02.06.2024

Mounted knights ride through Mechelen's Grote Markt in a colourful procession. It is 1491, and a special chapter of the Order of the Golden Fleece has descended on the city on the Dyle. A little golden ram's fleece glitters on a neck chain in the spring light. The symbol of a knightly order that captures the imagination to this day. A symbol of not just power, but elitism, religion and political allegiance.

The exhibition entitled Knights of the Golden Fleece: a Brilliant Myth Unravelled allows you to relive the gathering of the knights in 1491, one of the biggest and most significant festivities in the history of Mechelen. Your introduction to the famous Burgundian knighthood is made through a unique set of 15th-century coats of arms, created especially for the Mechelen convocation. This is the first time that the 29 coats of arms have been visible at such close quarters since their restoration.


The exhibition disentangles the political intrigues and plotting behind one of Europe's earliest political alliances - described by some as the forerunner to the European Union. Does the EU wish to align itself here with the grand tradition of the Burgundian Dukes? And while the Order may be a forerunner of the European Union, would we necessarily want it as our model for the future?

Knights of the Golden Fleece: a Brilliant Myth Unravelled benefits from the Royal Protection of His Majesty the King. The exhibition was created in association with the city of Mechelen, the province of Antwerp, Saint Rumbold’s Cathedral, the Périer-D’Ieteren Foundation and the media partners Knack, De Standaard and Klara. The exhibition marks the occasion of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union (January to June 2024) and is part of the Construct Europe 2024 city festival programme.

Opening hours

Monday closed.
Tuesday closed.
Wedensday 10 h. - 17 h.
Thursday 10 h. - 17 h. 
Friday 10 h. - 17 h.
Saturday 10 h. - 17 h.
Sunday 10 h. - 17 h.

Closed: December 24, 25, 31 & January 1.


12 EUR | standard admission

10 EUR   |  residents of Mechelen, groups

2 EUR   | 13-26 yo

2 EUR   | UiTpas with social tariff


  • At the museum’s ticket office
  • Online (dutch) and through Visit Mechelen

More information about the different rates can be found here.


Museum Hof van Busleyden, Sint-Jansstraat 2a, 2800 Mechelen