Museum of the Municipality of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/ Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe (fully booked)
In 1884, Brussels carpenter and contractor Émile Devos purchased some land in the hamlet of Roodebeek. Enchanted by the then-rural setting of this part of Woluwe, he built a modest country house on his property. He enlarged it several times from 1893 onwards, transforming it into an extremely picturesque example of a typical Brabant rural building, complete with stepped gables. The house’s interior is adorned with ornate woodwork (panels, ceilings, fireplaces, and so on), as well as the Dutch ceramic tiles, mostly from the small Frisian town of Makkum, that are the building’s most attractive feature to this day. Having no heirs, Devos (who died in 1942) and his wife (who passed away in 1945) took steps to ensure that their property would not be broken up when they died, inserting a special clause in their will under which the house and estate would pass into the hands of the municipal council so that they could be enjoyed by the public. Thus the municipal council, which had owned the adjacent Montald estate since 1944, became the proprietor of a magnificent complex of considerable artistic and natural interest.
The building underwent extensive renovations between 2018 and 2020, as structural problems were threatening its stability. Major engineering work was required to remedy the issue; as a result, changes had to be made to the interior of the gatehouse. On the outside, the façades and roofs were returned to their original appearance and the original skylight was restored. The work carried out inside the complex mainly entailed updating the museum’s technical infrastructure while taking care to protect the historic building housing it. (Listed since 1 April 2010)
Guided tours Sat. & Sun. at 10:30 and 16:00 (French), 14:30 (French/Dutch). In cooperation with the Municipality of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe and Arkadia.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue de la Charrette/Karrestraat 40, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe
Advance booking required
Accessible with assistance