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“Just wonderful”

Fine Arts Museum (Museum voor Schone Kunsten)
Ranked #9 of 177 things to do in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: At the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK), you can discover more than 400 masterpieces of European art from the Middle Ages to the present day. In our iconic building, Old Masters such as Bosch and Rubens hang alongside Impressionists, Surrealists and Modernists. With names like Ensor, Magritte and Permeke, Belgian art is well represented. And you can now also witness the live restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece, behind the glass wall of the restoration room. The museum shop and restaurant, a diverse programme with room for contemporary art and our location in the Citadel park all turn the museum into a vibrant place where you can easily pass a few hours surrounded by beauty.
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This museum was not listed in my guide book which is unfortunate as it is superb.
It houses a number of Van Eycks, Rubens, Jordaens, and Brueghels - to name just a few. There are also more modern artists such as Torajiro Kojima, Felice Casorati and Rik Wouters. And when we visited, one room was devoted to the restoration of some panels from Van Eyck's Het Lam Gods (The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb) from St Bavo's Cathedral. The collection is housed in very large rooms. The configuration of these rooms is unusual but the lovely front counter staff provide maps.
As one other person commented, the gallery is not well attended but this could be because of the location and visitors may visit the more famous Ghent attractions which are grouped together in another area.
The gallery is in a park about ten minutes walk from the Gent St-Pieters Station. It has a great book shop that sells two different sized cards of about A4 or larger size of Het Lam Gods (printed on both sides with side panels that fold inwards to replicate the altarpiece) for a very low price - from memory no more than 4 euros. There is also a cafe downstairs with outside table and chairs that seemed popular on the weekend when we went.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic museum in a heart of a beautiful park. The building creates a unique experience for the visitor: the rooms lead you from room to room so you'll not miss anything. Wonderful works of art and you can even see the restoration of Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece!!!
And - there is a great little coffee place :)

Thank CitizenVictoria_AMS
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

I'm glad I made a detour to the Museum. You can reach it by the good old Tram #1 then a walk through a pretty (but confusing) park.

I was surprised that, on a weekday afternoon in the middle of July, it was almost deserted which made it almost like a personal exhibition but was also sad because there were so many interesting paintings. Many of the artists weren't previously known to me but there was a lot of information on paddles in each room and I ended up staying there far longer than I expected.

Finding my way around was a little confusing so I found I was doubling back on myself to try to keep in date order but that was mainly because of the shape of the building and something I don't think could be helped. The building itself is beautiful inside and the paintings are very well laid out with plenty of space around them.

It was also fascinating to watch restorers working on panels from the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in Gent Cathedral. Their work was so painstaking and must need such incredibly steady hands.

Well worth a visit while you're in Gent.

Thank GillB
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

This museum is the perfect size for a few hours visit. The main attraction is probably the restoration of the panels of Van Eyck's Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (the rest of the altarpiece is housed at Sint-Baafskathedraal in the town center). There are also a few great Bosch paintings, a beautiful Rogier Van Der Weyden, some nice Magrittes and plenty more. Well worth a visit if you love art.

Thank DoomedXIII
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

A good collection of works, particularly by Flemish and Walloon artists of all periods. Well organised and labelled. Do not miss this museum if you are in Ghent and are at all interested in art. Of particular interest at present is the exhibition on the restoration of the "Lamb of God" altarpiece.

Thank Anna B
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