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Musée Charlier

Musée Charlier (30)

This museum was originally the residence of a rich art collector called Henri van Cutsem who, in 1890, asked the architect Victor Horta to renovate the site and convert it into a museum in which to exhibit his rich collections. Later, after the death of Van Cutsem, his great friend and heir Guillaum Charlier also decided to bring his own collection to this building. Again, he too contracted Victor Horta to build a museum in Tournai that would house Van Cutsem’s collection of impressionist paintings. Later, when Charlier died in 1925, the council assumed ownership of the building, which it conserved as a museum. 

1928 thus saw the opening of the Charlier Museum, in which you will find a large number of sculptures and pictures by different artists, of note among which are some portraits by Wiertz. In addition, on all its three exhibition floors you may also observe attractive collections of decorative items, including porcelain and Chinese objects, beautiful tapestries and magnificent Louis XV and Louis XVI style furniture.

What’s more, music lovers should remember that interesting concerts are held here on the first Thursday of each month. 

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