M - Museum Leuven
M - Museum Leuven
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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4.0 of 5 bubbles351 reviews
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Johann Eek
Brussels, Belgium41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
An interesting building. We saw a fascinating exhibition about Dieric Bouts. A pity, though, that the lighting was not optimal. Most works are lighted from above, resulting in a heavy shadow on the upper edge of the canvas in many framed works. This gives a distorted view of Bouts's framing. The confrontation with contemporary work was not very successful, mainly because that contemporary work could not match the quality of the historical pieces.
The museum shop and cafeteria are thrown together in a very limited space. Not very cosy to sit there and inconvenient to visit the shop.
Written January 5, 2024
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Anna F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The floor that contains the actual art works is currently being renovated. The floors that house the contemporary art are extremely disappointing. The works are pretentious, self-indulgent, and just not interesting in any way. €12 and an hour totally wasted. An example: a piece of soap with an imbedded hair. What a masterpiece!
Written May 6, 2024
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Abbas
Leuven, Belgium371 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The building and its architecture are far more interesting than the art work inside. I went there on a free day and I am a Leuven resident. its nice to check as a quick glimpse. The building is a maze like and creative.
Written December 2, 2022
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Tim K
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
The museum has just today been opened after many months closure for re-fitting. We had visited previously when there was an exhibition to celebrate 500 years of the association of Thomas More with the city and found it a very interesting and thought provoking event. This time we had great expectations of the new look museum but were sorely disappointed. They claim to have many works of art in their ownership but there was in fact little to see in the museum. Many open spaces and empty rooms where there could have been so much to see. Leuven is an ancient city with a rich cultural heritage and as a visitor one might expect to see some of this reflected in the cities premier museum. Some of this is indeed displayed with beautiful paintings and religious sculptures but there was the opportunity for so much more. One expects to find a representation of contemporary art alongside the historical exhibits but it seems that the balance between the two is not present. In comparison with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for instance this effort is really disappointing. Where is the rightful pride in the city of Leuven to be seen? We woud have liked to have seen much more of the history of the 'Lakenhal' and textile commerce, the book publishing history (Thomas More's Utopia!), Erasmus, the history and cultural contribution of the Lowlands oldest university and it's present day position as a major seat of learning. The position and historical significance of Leuven as a centre of the High Tech industry. This is what a tourist in Leuven would like to be informed of.
Written June 11, 2017
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Barnaby N
Baltimore, MD33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
The museum contains one of the greatest works by Rogier van der Weyden, the Altarpiece of the of the Seven Sacraments. This painting is totally worth seeing.

However, the museum is extremely expensive and very poorly designed. It fails pray to all the excesses of modern museumship, trying to force the viewer to interact with the idea of museums and display rather than the expressive and historical properties of the works themselves. A perfect example of this is the room that contrasts a 19th c. salon-style hanging of works with a modern museum presentation. This idea would be ok, if pointless, but, because the only way to identify the authors and title of the salon-hung works is via a computer monitor located 20 feet away from the paintings, the entire installation is an experience in frustration.
Written July 10, 2017
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Ponnapat W
Leuven, Belgium50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I visited the M Leuven during the exhibition of Borman and Sons as well as the Body Language arts.

I must say that the museum provide a very well explained audioguide included in the admission.

The permanent collection was well presented and with captivating​ storyline. I also enjoyed the Borman and Sons exhibition very much. The interactive displays are also a very good mode of presentation to entertain visitors.

The museum has very friendly staff and is not overcrowded at all on a Tuesday afternoon. I got the whole room to enjoy myself on many occasions.

As an avid visitor of musea worldwide, I really enjoyed my time in the M Leuven and would recommend anyone in doubt to visit. Although there are no world famous pieces like in the Louvre or Rijksmuseum, the museum presented itself even better in terms of the organization of its collection.

Written December 10, 2019
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hongx505
Amsterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I am very disappointed with what I have seen in M - Museum Leuven. It is definitely not worth a visit. The ticket costs EUR 12. I don't mind to pay to visit a museum, however, when a museum charges a fee, it has to present something that has value.
Written August 31, 2019
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ElviraHelena
Amsterdam, The Netherlands136 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
This was supposed to be a Museum that is interesting for families but the museum had nothing to do with the supposed clue hunt that they gave for the children. The clues had nothing to do with the exposition and where not there. There is supposed to be a climbing wall but was closed and the exposition itself was not necessarily fun for children. Even the museum itself is not well organized and there is hardly connection between one hall and the next.
Written February 26, 2019
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frank806
Bristol, UK192 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Obviously shed loads of money spent, but a waste (for me anyway). It falls into the trap that so many modern museums do i.e. not telling you what you're looking at, but asking you to explore how you feel about it. I don't pay good money for that kind of thing.
The descent from the Cross mis-identified Mary Magdalene, and asking the visitor to take 3 panels from the life of Christ and make a funny story from is just crass.
Written October 5, 2018
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LouiseCheffings
London, UK23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
I completely agree with Barnaby N and Tim K below. Each room represents a curatorial concept, using a handful of items from the museum collection as props. The computer monitor which is supposed to identify the objects in one room was not working on the day I visited - most of the rooms beyond this one had no information about the works at all. Is there any evidence to show that people who are put off by rooms full of exhibits with informative labels are any more likely to pay the steep entrance fee for this? If you are the kind of person who feels exhilarated when walking into a room full of beautiful, wonderful things, and who enjoys finding out more about what you can see, then you will hate this place. You certainly won't find out anything about Leuven. The Altarpiece of the Seven Sacraments in the first room is wonderful. The entrance fee also gives access to the treasury in Sint Pieterskerk which has among other things two wonderful works by Dieric Bouts.
Written September 18, 2017
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