MOU - Museum

MOU - Museum, Oudenaarde: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, MOU - Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

MOU - Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Oudenaarde, the starting point for further exploration of the Flemish Ardennes, a thousand years of history amidst endless rolling hills. The MOU brings its history to life. Through interactive media and historical pieces, you'll travel through time, from medieval times up till today. You will bump into Emperor Charles, with his illegitimate daughter Margaret, Adriaan Brouwer, with its famous beer scenes, and Louis XIV, who bites the dust. Famous people like Frank De Bleeckere explain why they are fascinated by Oudenaarde. Topmodel Cesar Casier and four others are posing for the lens of famous photographer Stephan Vanfleteren. Furthermore, the MOU is situated in one of Belgium’s most beautiful town halls, which is located at the market square of Oudenaarde. It takes up the oldest part of the 14th-century Cloth Hall, symbol of Oudenaarde’s glorious textile past. Whoever acquires a taste for more, can admire 15 authentic tapestries in the High Cloth Hall and the De Boever-Alligoridès collection in three other rooms, one of the largest silver collections in Flanders.
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Stefan G
Brussels, Belgium822 contributions
Excellent tapestries in a fantastic building!
Apr 2021
This museum, focused on history of the Flemish Ardennes, is housed in a superb example of a town hall typical of town hall buildings throughout Flanders from several centuries ago. Inside is a wonderful museum, very well done. There are several floors, one dedicated to tapestries, one dedicated to various items (silverware, dishes, etc.), and one that has rotating exhibitions. I recommend the audio guide (included with price of admission).

The tapestries were extraordinary, in both size, history, color, and detail. Viewing the tapestries is reason enough to go to this museum.

Toilets and small gift shop available in the museum.

Highly recommended.
Written April 26, 2021
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Haje1946
Purmerend15 contributions
Vastely underrated museum showing centuries old tapestries, and a large silver collection donated to them.
Jul 2019 • Friends
The MOU is located in the beautiful late Gothic former town hall, the visit starts with a presentation of the painter Adriaan Brpuwer, born in Oudenaarde, who came back to live in Oudenaarde after his family left for Haarlem in Holland after the inquisition started to bite. He died destitute quite young at just 34 yo.
Then an overview of the town’s history; then a whole floor showing some ten very large 4 - 5 centuries old rather faded tapistries the city during the 15th to 18th century was famous for. Sometimes in a small room one floor up a lady tapistry restorer will demonstrate how that’s done, apparently she’s the only tapestry restorer left, she wasn’t present when we visited. Then two floors under the very high roof showing a very large collection of church and table silver donated to the museum. If you take the time to visit, a very worth while visit, recommended!
Written July 12, 2019
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sinjoorAntwerp
Antwerp267 contributions
Worth a trip, although small
Oct 2018 • Couples
Visiting the Brouwer exhibition I discovered this World Heritage building, dating back from 1526. It is small, which encourages to explore slowly and thoroughly. The building itself of course is the most obvious item to admire. But the 15 Flemish tapestries are also impressive.
Written October 26, 2018
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Stay828816
Leuven, Belgium1 contribution
Adriaen Brouwer
Oct 2018 • Couples
Not only the town hall is fantastic, but until mid-december they show an exhibition on Adriaen Brouwer, painter " between Rubens and Rembrandt. Don't miss this occasion to see 30 of his 60 known ( small ) canvases, and some of his contempararies. As space is limited, choose a quiet time lock on the museum website.
Written October 25, 2018
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Frederic-de-Clippele
Oudenaarde, Belgium27 contributions
tapestries and childeren
Nov 2017 • Family
Several nice tapestries in the city hall are exposed and a temporary expo. New entrance at side of the town hall. Visited with childeren.
Written June 1, 2018
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Helgaboe
The Netherlands88 contributions
Ecclectic museum
Dec 2017 • Friends
The expo on Oudenaarde history on the ground floor is interactive and informative. The gobelins and silverware not really my cup of tea. For the €6 entrance fee a good program for a rainy afternoon.
Do not expect to see a lot of the interior of the beautiful town hall in the museum. That was a bit of a disappointment for me.
Written December 29, 2017
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Bellou2
Brighton and Hove, UK547 contributions
Interesting museum - lovely tapestries
Nov 2017 • Couples
This museum has different themes on the floors with the ground floor with local history, next has the tapestries and top the silver collection.

The multi media for the local history is interesting and informative with English explanations, but this was lacking for other exhibits. Everything was in Flemish which must limit the information from most tourists .

The information about the painter Adriaen Brouwer was fascinating, and it was good to see his paintings and statue in the town.

Tapestries are the best I have seen, with good colours and historical content. A wonderful collection in a town so famous for its tapestries.

It was 14 euros for a senior admission which was a reasonable entrance fee. We appeared however to be one of only a few visitors

Worth a visit
Written November 7, 2017
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BillemonM
Brussels, Belgium875 contributions
Silver and tapestry
Sep 2017 • Solo
Splendid museum built in and around the old 'lakenhalle', the weavers markethall. Here you will find unique pieces of medieval tapestry and silver produced in Oudenaarde. You have also access to parts of the town hall.
Written September 10, 2017
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186411Visitor
Leeds, UK77 contributions
Modern museum of local history in historic buildings
Oct 2016 • Friends
Interesting history museum with interactive features - we learnt a lot about the town and its past economic importance. Also an opportunity to see this historic building, along with tapestries and a silver collection. Pleasant, unobtrusive staff.
Written October 30, 2016
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JimmyRiddle119
Belfast, Canada32 contributions
Tapestries the definite highlight
Jul 2016 • Friends
Stopped off here on the way to the coast. The museum was a nice introduction to the history of the town and its bygone industries. The tapestry floor is the definite highlight, with some of the silver pieces in the final floor also memorable. Only mild criticism is it might have been a little more friendly for English speakers. For example, the ground floor was not part of the audioguide.
Written July 25, 2016
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