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Address: Vlaanderenstraat 27, Ostend, Belgium
Phone Number: 059/80-53-35
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I was walking in Oostende as it was too windy at the beach. I discovered by an unknown chance this little museum. The people inside, two nice old man and woman were kind to let me... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Sophia S
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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was walking in Oostende as it was too windy at the beach. I discovered by an unknown chance this little museum. The people inside, two nice old man and woman were kind to let me in even if they were preparing to close it for the lunch pause. I could spot quickly some nice stuff, find out something about... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The house is near the promenade and really worth a visit. it only costs a Euro and is run by volunteers who have managed to recreate his sitting room/ study from his paintings.This visit really helps to shed light on the popularity of the Belgian coast in the Belle Epoque with wonderful photographs which complement Ensor's paintings and caricatures

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Thank MsLunn
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

We happened to be passing and my partner saw this museum. We went in and were surprised by the cheap entry. There are some lovely paintings and other items on display. There was also a documentary which was running. A lovely visit to what is a small museum - which was also the home of James Ensor. Well worth a... More 

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Harwich, Essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Having not heard of James Ensor I only visited as the museum was close to my hotel and it looked interesting (especially as it was raining) so decided to go in. I found the house really well preserved and very interesting. I am very glad I went in and it only cost a couple of euros to go in

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Thank whitbyabi
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We were on vacation in Belgium and France.My husband is an Ensor by birth and he wanted to see the James Ensor House in Ostend out of curiosity more than anything else sharing the same surname. My husband self and 14 year old Grand-daughter all enjoyed our visit quite quick just two rooms open to the public and there was... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The James Ensor House shows you how James Ensor used to live. It's not a museum about his work, though, so don't expect that. You'll get to see his ground floor, salon and dining room, but not his bedroom. There is a documentary about Ensor that takes 40 minutes, so take that into account for planning your visit as the... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The house and the souvenir shop were left untouched since Ensor's days. Not to be missed for art lovers.

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Thank The_Irate_Pirate
Windsor, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Drove all the way to visit the James Ensor museum with friends only to be told that it was closed that day to individuals and only to reserved groups!! VERY disappointing!! We drove 140km from Antwerp to go there and tried to get in only just for a short time to have a look but was rebuked by the man... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Call it an artists panopticum, see the artefacts that surrounded one of Ostend most famous citizens in his own habitat and wonder what could have sprung from this man's raging fantasy. Is it a toystore or is it a museum and could you live there ? Wonder for yourself.

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Thank Hans R
San Francisco, California, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Fascinating and gifted man, the painter James Ensor. He loved masks and carnaval and was fascinated by the dark and dirty side of very proper Belgian society. He was knighted, his portrait was on a bank note, but he always remained an outside. The house is where he lived at the end of his life, behind the shop in martiime... More 

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