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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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A walk in the dream of an artist

A smaal museum with a lot of charms, you have the impression of walking into the dreams of the artist.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2016
Ostend, Belgium
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Ostend, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

A smaal museum with a lot of charms, you have the impression of walking into the dreams of the artist.

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Kalmthout, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

This is the house were Ensor used to live and work from 1917 until his dead in 1949. The ground floor is mostly a souvenir and shellshop. Also some masks are shown which Ensor used in some of his paintings. On the 2nd floor there is a smaal room wih only 4 seat where you can watch a film about... More 

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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 

Thank Sofie C
Groningen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

Thank The_Irate_Pirate
Windsor, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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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