Utopia & More

Thomas More, the Low Countries and the utopian tradition


Are you fascinated by Thomas More and the world he evokes in his Utopia? If so, Utopia & More is an absolute must-see. The exhibition in the beautiful University Library will guide you through the life of More and the utopian literary world. You will see original manuscripts, letters, old prints and all kinds of curiosities, and experience Utopia

The island of Utopia never existed except in the mind of Thomas More. To read his Utopia is to enjoy his literary genius. He described the island in great detail, as though it really existed. This dream world bore revolutionary ideas such as a six-hour working day, enough of everything for everyone and the right to supreme happiness. Thomas More also depicted the other side of the dream world, however, with strict control, no privacy and severe punishments for dissidents.

Valuable documents from the time of Thomas More

Thomas More inspired scientists and authors to think about the ideal society, giving rise to a new literary genre of utopian literature. This exhibition will transport you to this fascinating world. Manuscripts, original letters, old prints and curiosities will give you unique insight into the utopian tradition. This exhibition is certainly not only of interest to fans of Thomas More. If you are interested in one of the most exciting historical periods, the exhibition Utopia & More will definitely by enriching.

The curators are Erik De Bom,Dirk Sacré, Toon Van Houdt and Demmy Verbeke.
This project is organised by the University Library and the Kunst & Erfgoed service of the University KU Leuven.

Tip: Make the most of More and buy a discounted combo ticket for the exhibitions at M - Museum Leuven and at the University Library. This ticket includes an ascent of the iconic library tower with spectacular views across Leuven! And you can plan your visits on different days.

Tickets & info

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Utopia Combo Ticket

Would you like to savour several exhibitions at reduced rates? Spread your visit over several days with 1 ticket that grants access to:

  • the exhibition In Search of Utopia at M - Museum Leuven
  • the exhibition Yto Barrada at M - Museum Leuven
  • the exhibition EUtopia at M - Museum Leuven
  • the permanent collection and the M-Treasury of Saint-Peter's at M - Museum Leuven
  • the exhibition Utopia & More at the University Library
  • the tower of the University Library

Order your Utopia Combo Ticket

Individual tickets
  • Full site including the building, the exhibition Utopia & More, the tower of the University Library and an audioguide:
    € 10
    € 8 (reduction)
  • Exhibition 'Utopia & More' including audioguide:
    € 4
    € 3 (reduction)
  • Tower of University Library
    € 7
    € 5 (reduction)
  • The Library building
    € 2 including audioguide
Opening hours
  • Mon - sun: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Thu: 10 AM - 10 PM
  • Closed: 25 December and 1 January

The tickets are obtainable at the desk of the University Library. Open every day from 10 to 18 o'clock (Thursdays until 22 o'clock).

Do you still have questions? You can send an email to cultuurUB@kuleuven.be or 016 32 46 60.

Guided Tours

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20.10 - 17.01
Tickets at the reception desk of the University Library


20.10 - 17.01
Tickets at the reception desk of the University Library