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Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)

Address: Enclos St. Martin, Tournai, Belgium
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Ranked #14 of 20 things to do in Tournai
Type: Art museums, Museums
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Type: Art museums, Museums

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Ennigerloh, Germany
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Ok, the collection is not very big. But it is nice, with nice people. And, in contrast to Tourcoing, they show their treasures: Two great paintings of Édouard Manet. If you are in Tournai, you should visit this museum.

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bury st edmunds
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Like other reviewers I was expecting both an interesting building and a good selection of paintings that are flagged up by the tourist guides. (We were using DK EyeWitness Travel) Our visit gave the impression of a museum in transition, no access to the upper floor and a limited display of paintings, poorly hung on the lower floor. Some paintings... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

I was disappointed to see this was bottom of all the attractions in Tournai.The building is quite unusual in itself being one of the last designs of Horta. The circular foyer with a purple winged hippo suspended from the ceiling was well worth the entry fee.For such a small town I felt the museum was well worth visiting.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The collection is very limited. The write-ups had me expecting more paintings by Rogier van der Weyden, I could see only one. The building was an ugly lump, none of the art nouveau splendour and lightness I had expected from the architect Horta.

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

My wife and I visited the Musee des Beaux-Arts Jan. 19. We are interested in Victor Horta designed Art Nouveau buildings and hoped the collection would be interesting. The whole visit was a disappointment. The collection is poorly displayed with the occasional spotlights that no doubt are fading the paint colors. The name plates are placed often 2 meters away... More 

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Geel, Belgium
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

for the price you pay, you'll get to see some fine works of very known painters: Rubens, Manet, Monet, Vanderweyden, Toulouse-Lautrec... Also the building is from the hand of one of Belgians most famous architects, Victor Horta. Don't expect a Louvre, but anyway an impressive collection for such a relatively 'unknown' town by tourists.

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New York City
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The guidebook said the price was 3.50E, but we were charged 6E. Unfriendly front desk, with no prices listed. When we asked where the price was marked, we were shown a postcard, saying this was for a special exhibit, which had already ended. The museum has a Roger Van der Weiden and a Breughel, neither top works of those artists.... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

The only museum that Victor Horta designed and builded. Very nice exposition: from Dürer till Manet!

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Antwerp, Belgium
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89 reviews 89 reviews
32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

The paintings are wonderfull. Only a few rooms are open. No guards. Needs reparting urgently!!!

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Barcelona, Spain
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70 reviews 70 reviews
63 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Luckily, art nouveau architect Victor Horta did not only built mansions for the rich and famous but also he designed some splendid buildings with a public function. And like he was able to open houses and make them less dark, he breaks here through the classical composition of 19th century museums. Surprising see-throughs are pleasant for the visitor, ... and... More 

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