Charlier Museum (fully booked)
In 1890, art lover and collector Henri Van Cutsem acquired two adjacent buildings looking out onto the street that is now called Avenue des Arts/Kunstlaan. While the building dating from 1844 was left intact, the other was demolished and reconstructed to more closely resemble its counterpart, giving the complex a more uniform appearance. The façade is attractively decorated with blue limestone, which has been used to craft mouldings and bands and frame the windows and door. The design work was entrusted to the young Victor Horta, who also had the idea of building long glass display cases to house Van Cutsem’s art collection. Today, the house’s warm-toned walls are the perfect backdrop to pieces by artists including James Ensor, Juliette Wystman, Anna Boch, Alfred Stevens and Léon Frédéric. With its varied hues, their work reflects the different movements, from academicism to Impressionism, that characterised the 19th-century art scene. The rooms of the house, decorated in period style, are home to many paintings by Belgian artists, sculptures, furniture, ceramics and an impressive Brussels tapestry dating from around 1500 that has retained its splendid original colours. In 1904, Van Cutsem bequeathed his mansion to the sculptor Guillaume Charlier, who would himself leave it to the Municipality of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Sint-Joost-ten-Node in 1925. (Listed since 15 July 1993)
Guided tours, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (French), 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with E-Guides and Klare Lijn.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Avenue des Arts/Kunstlaan 16, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Sint-Joost-ten-Node
Advance booking required