Clockarium (fully booked)
While the Clockarium Museum is best known for its astounding collection of ceramic clocks (numbering close to 1,300!), it is also worth taking a moment to look at the building housing it, a fine example of an Art Deco city residence built in 1935 by architect Gustave Bossuyt. At the time of its construction, the house featured two ‘offset’ floors. The front section of the third floor, originally a terrace with a pergola, was replaced in 1953 with a large bedroom and en-suite bathroom, designed by architect L. Schoemaker.
The house is thought to have been constructed for a building contractor who used it as his showroom, which explains why, despite its relatively modest size (its façade is just 6 metres wide), its layout is clearly based on an elegant town house: a grand hallway featuring a mosaic-tiled Art Deco fountain, luxurious materials, a majestic central staircase, a skylight and a large open space on the first floor. All of this makes for a quirky, colourful setting that is a perfect fit for the museum’s collection.
The museum is opening a new exhibition, The Colours of Art Deco Ceramics, for the Heritage Days, in which it will bring together pieces of Art Deco tableware and display them beside ceramic clocks from its permanent collection that use the same colours. Guided tours lasting 40 minutes each will be organised
to enable visitors to gain a better insight into what makes the building so special and introduce the permanent collection, Sun. at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00 and 17:30 (French), 11:30 and 14:30 (Dutch), 15:30 (English).
Sun. only, 10:00 to 17:30
Boulevard Auguste Reyers/Auguste Reyerslaan 163, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
Guided tours only – advance booking required