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James Ensor House (James Ensorhuis)

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Address: Vlaanderenstraat 27, Ostend, Belgium
Phone Number: 059/80-53-35

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Rosemarie E
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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81 reviews 81 reviews
62 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Windsor, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California, Usa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Ostend, Belgium
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This famous Painter has his roots in Ostend,though his origins are British. His flemish mother had a little shop of souvenirs and masks and 'chinoiseries' in the very same house. These items will return in his paintings and sketches. The House will give you a good idea of a bourgeois family of the 19th century and also a taste of... More 

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Stafford
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

A major figure in Belgian art, Ensor isn't as well-known in Britain but this loving recreation of his home and studio with audio-visual is well worth a visit.

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Scotland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Ensor was an important artist whose paintings varied greatly in style. His house shows a certain conservatism but there are unexpected details which speak of expressionism Entrance fee is miniscule, and there is a reasonable shop. The long film about his life and work is in Flemish, but worth seeing. Yes, painting are reproductions, but artists painted to sell, so... More 

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Very friendly staff and a most interesting place to learn about the life and works of this very good artist. It would have bee nice to see some original owrk there instead of in the art gallery. Good admissiomn price

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