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“Very Interesting Home” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Horta Museum (Musee Horta)

Horta Museum (Musee Horta)
25, rue Americaine | St-Gilles, Brussels 1060, Belgium
02 543 0490
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Ranked #14 of 206 Attractions in Brussels
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is not a museum in the traditional sense: the museum itself is actually the house that Victor Horta built for himself in the late 1890s, which truly exemplifies the Art Nouveau style that made Horta into one of the most acclaimed architects in Belgium.
Brussels, Belgium
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“Very Interesting Home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This place will take you back to the turn of the 20th century. Very unique and beautiful. It is easy to get to this museum (take 93 tram from downtown).

Visited November 2012
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“Definitely plan your visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is definitely a not to be missed museum if you are a fan of Horta and architecture in general. As another poster commented, you really need to do your homework to get the most out of your experience though. There isn't much information documented in the rooms and you just get a tiny leaflet upon admission, so those who perhaps aren't fans are just going to wander around and might not appreciate what they are seeing exactly. The other reason you need to plan is that the museum has limited hours and only a certain number of people are allowed inside at one time. As such, you might have a very long wait on your hands. I visited on a Sunday afternoon, and I had to wait about an hour to get it. Given the wait times, the lack of information, the slightly out of the city center location, and the admission price (7 euros), I definitely would not visit unless I was a Horta/architecture fan.

Visited January 2013
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“Art Nouveau to the extream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

To see the personal home of Horta with the furniture and decoration that he designed, is a must see for the Art Nouveau lover. I've been twice and hope to back again. The price is right.

Visited December 2012
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“Exciting Art Nouveau experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

As others have said, the Horta Museum is difficult to spot - even when open (from 2pm) there is just a small pavement board. The designs and use of materials are amazing. It was interesting to see many examples of Chinese and Japanese art, revealing these as influences on Horta. Much of the furniture has been brought from other Horta locations, some of which are sadly gone. We visited at the end of an Art Nouveau walking tour featured in a guide book, also using a map provided by our hotel which had Art Nouveau locations. The models in the basement were interesting, especially the Maison du Peuple, no longer in existence, and that of the Palais des Beaux Arts (Bozar), still standing, which showed how Horta had to move with the times by the 20s. The book selection was limited, mainly specialist publications.

Visited January 2013
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“do your homework first”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Beautifully restored house which is well worth visiting. However, there was a distinct lack of information to make the most of your visit. You are expected to know an awful lot about Art-nouveau before you go there and staff do not seem keen to fill you in on the details of Victor Horta's life and family. The map and small information leaflet given to you is very confusing and little or no information is available regarding the other items on display in the rooms. If it was taken in context with other Horta designed properties in Brussels it might be a more enriching experience. Some improvements would be to allow visitors into the servants' quarters as we are told nothing of their lives. Also a restoration of the garden would be lovely. However, I realise I am probaby trying to make comparisons with English stately homes.

Visited December 2012
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