Recently opened last December 6th, 2013, it is the newest of the museums which form the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, but also one that best represents the heyday of Brussels, when the European capital was the centre where all the artistic movements converged, at the turn of the century. It was a blooming time, as shown in this space next to Place Royale, in a unique way in Brussels.
THE HISTORY OF THE FIN-DE-SIÈCLE MUSEUM
The brand new Musée Fin-de-Siècle will delight all lovers of culture and art. It is a museum that will lead visitors on a tour where they will discover a different Brussels: a meeting place for various creative trends from the late 19th century and early 20th century, a unique artistic heart of Europe at the time
The museum has been opened in the former premises of the Museum of Modern Art, which was to be housed in a new space. The premises have been thoroughly renovated, including technical installations and lighting.
THE MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
The exhibition runs through the art from 1868 to 1914, showing the variety of all artistic movements at the time, such as architecture and painting, but also photography and literature. From the striking sculptures of the social realism of Constantin Meunier, through the mysterious and ethereal figures of Fernand Khnopff, to Gillion Crowet valuable collection.
It was a dynamic and changing time when Brussels was not only the capital of Art Nouveau, but it also went much further: the Brussels of the salon Les XX and La Libre Esthétique, the Waqgnerian mouvement and the Symbolism, but also the city that shows its awareness through Social Realism and Impressionism. All the dynamism of a society expressed through its movements and artistic expressions.
Thus, in its rooms, we will find works of Belgian artists like James Ensor, Fernand Khnopff, Léon Spilliaert, Victor Horta and Henry Van de Velde, together with foreign authors such as Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodin and Alphonse Mucha.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE MUSEUM
In the last rooms, the Fin-de-Siècle Museum shows the prestigious collection Gillion Crowet, made by Baron and Baroness Gillion Crowet since the 60s, a time where art collectors did not appreciate the Art Nouveau movement. They managed to collect more than 230 works of this great Belgian artistic period, of which works of decorative art and well-preserved pieces of furniture are notable examples.
Discover more about the history of The Fin de Siecle Museum in the Free Tour in Brussels.
FIN-DE-SIÈCLE MUSEUM OPENING HOURS
- Open: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00h to 17.00h
- Closed: Mondays, January 1st and second Thursday of January, May 1st, November 1st and 11th and December 25th. On December 24th and 31st closing time is at 16.00h.
- Ticket office closes at 16.30h.
- Normal: 8 euros, combined (Old Masters, Modern, Magritte and Fin-de-siècle) 13 euros
- Reduced: over 65s and groups of adults with at least 15 people, 6 euros. Combined 9 euros.
- Children aged between 6 and 25 years old: 2 euros. Combined 3 euros.
- Free: Brussels Card, children up to 5 years and the first Wednesday of each month from 13.00h.
Rue de la Régence 3, Brussels
HOW TO REACH THE MUSEUM
- Train: Gare Centrale.
- Metro 1 and 5, Parc / Gare Centrale.
- Tram lines 92 and 94, Royale.
- Bus lines 27, 38, 71, 95, Royale. Lines 29, 63, 65, 66, Parc / Gare Centrale.
- Parking: Albertine / Parking 2 Portes / Parking Poelaert.
- Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM)
- Belvue Museum
- Coudenberg Palace
- Magritte Museum
- Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium