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Musee Fin-De-Siecle
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Ranked #66 of 410 things to do in Brussels
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Musee Fin-De-Siècle is one of four specialized museums under one roof at the Royal Museums. You pay a separate entrance for each part. I hope that no one from the Metropolitan Museum in NYC gets any ideas here! The collection is quite nice, heavy on Belgian artists both well- and not-so-well-known. It includes painting, sculpture and the decorative arts, with some outstanding examples of Art nouveau furniture and glass. There is also an interactive kiosk with examples of vernacular art nouveau architecture, which is very well done, although it could include more buildings. One drawback is that I was constantly going up or down stairs, as the museum is spread over several floors.

Thank Jerry B
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

This museum exhibits some of the most famous artists betweeen the 1870 and the first world war.
It was never boring and the exposed pieces and paintings are from the most renowed artists and have a very high level of quality.
The full range is covered, from paintings Ensor, Gaugin, van Reyswijck to pieces of furniture from Horta, van de Velde and Majorelle.
The visit if done a a steady pace requires 2 to 3 hours; in detail it might need 4 to 5.
Worth while seeing.

Thank Roger B
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

I went today to this museum. The quality of the works of art is very high. I have a wonderfult time in the museum and enjoyed a lot James Ensor quirky sense of humor, Theo van Rysselberghe paintures, the old 1900 pictures of Bruxelles, the puntillist landscapes, the Art-Neuveu furniture. It was delightful. HOWEVER, there is a problem with the lights as some other reviewer pointed out. It was not in general a problem but for example there was a painture from Albert Saverys (I think) that it was impossible to see from any angle. Thankfully, not all the paintures had such bad lighting, so I did not miss much. Some of the descriptions are missing, in the last floor (the one that it was donated). If you could fix these problems, it would be six stars museum :)

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

The Royal Museums in Brussels have many great treasures that have been hidden away for years. A huge new extension to the museum on several floors underneath the main museum opened in December 2013 to display works from the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. This is now one of the finest museums of this period in Europe! Many visitors will hardly have heard of some of the artists whose works are displayed and the experience of 'discovery' is a pure delight. The social realism paintings are amazing: just look at the triptych by Leon Frederic called 'The Chalk Sellers' (In the English catalogue the left and right panels are reversed) or 'At Dawn' by Charles Hermans, or 'The Evening of the Strike' by Laermans.The symbolists are well represented by stunning pieces by Constant Montald and Fernand Khnopff. In the midst of these Belgian works one is delighted to see a painting by Burne-Jones that is one of his most beautiful 'Psyche's Wedding'. Room after room one discovers treasures of art. Part of the collection is of the wonderful Art Nouveau glass of the Nancy school and some of their fine furniture - but more of Belgium's great designers like Horta and van der Velde would have been welcome, as would some posters by Privat Livemont - not one of which was displayed. We do see some of the work of Phillipe Wolfers. A few of the works do not yet have descriptions, but that will surely soon be out right. A visit here is so enriching and should be an essential part of any stay in Brussels. The catalogue of the collection is superbly illustrated and produced but really only shows some highlights. This is a museum to visit again and again. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Enter through the main Art museum, and turn right in the big ground floor hall and follow signs down to -3 level (near the Magritte entrance). The museum winds down from -3 to -8 as it is a big collection. Highlights for me were the Mucha bust on -8, together with the amazing collection of art nouveau furniture and decorative arts on the same floor. Paintings on levels -4 to -7 were patchy; 3 Gaugain's, a Van Gogh, large collection of Ensor's, plus a Fantin-Latour, but a large number of other paintings not all of which were great.

Thank Huw W
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