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Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)

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Address: Enclos St. Martin, Tournai, Belgium
Phone Number: 003269222043
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I hate to leave a negative review but this place is a mess. One of the most bizarre and odd museums I've been to with a mish-mash of art scattered about in random order. No rhyme... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2016
Theresa M
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Ok; so the walls are crazy bright colors and there is a huge resin hippo with butterfly wings attached (think Fantasia) suspended from the ceiling in the main rotunda. This is a mix of art as stated in other reviews but there are some significant works displayed. There are several Durers,Manet, Monet, Delecroix and others well worth the trip and... More 

1 Thank Prepcook
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

I hate to leave a negative review but this place is a mess. One of the most bizarre and odd museums I've been to with a mish-mash of art scattered about in random order. No rhyme or reason at all!

Thank Theresa M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

A must visit for the strange experience. Very low entrance fee, so buy a ticket and be amazed. It's a mix of art, with some nice pieces of Manet, Van Gogh, Rubens etc in a strange museum with lack of presentation skills. The museum was reorganising/setting up an (new/temporary?) exhibition but we could still visit. A lot of pieces of... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

The building is a magnificent art-nouveau building, purpose designed as a museum but it can use some renovation. The collection is a strange mix in a bizarre presentation. There are 3 impressionist paintings that catched my eye.

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As, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

if there is a manual how to mess up a museam they followed it to the letter. there are for instance big size paintings from Louis Gallait but tne middle of hall is blocked by a mysterious black square in order to go prevent you from overseeing the whole painting. Also some red painted walls give a awkward feeling when... More 

1 Thank Rudi C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The museum has been completely neglected, as there is trash all over, the paintings are poorly displayed and the few pieces of outstanding art have to be searched for. I pray the Tournai city fathers and mothers take more pride in their city, which could be a jewel attracting many tourists. As it is, we were happy to leave.

1 Thank Anthony-Susan
Sheffield, UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

It was advertised with a long list of "names" - in fact there were just one or two - often drawings - to the names. Disappointing visit.

1 Thank aakem
Ennigerloh, Germany
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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.

1 Thank Thomas D
bury st edmunds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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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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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