The James Ensor House

You can only understand James Ensor and his art if you visit Ostend. The house where he worked and lived from 1917 until his death has been preserved in its original state, so you can still visit it today.

Ensor walk

Download the app and take the brand-new Ensor-themed walk to visit all the locations that were significant to the life and work of James Ensor. You will be given information and will be able to see things for yourself at each of these places, using the latest high-tech. Young and older Ensor fans will love this walk.


Mu.ZEE manages a collection of Belgian fine art ranging from 1880 to the present day.

09/09 - 05/12/2021

Raveel meets Ensor

At first glance, there is little that James Ensor to Roger Raveel have in common, either as artists or in their work. Not only do they belong to different generations; their origins and social backgrounds also set them apart. However, if you take a closer look, you will discover some common characteristics. Both painters charactertise themselves as strong personalities and were seen as loners from an early age.

14 > 17/10/2021

Festival van de architectuur

Op zondag 17 oktober, de laatste dag van het festival, ben je welkom in bijzondere gebouwen en ontwerpbureaus over heel Vlaanderen en Brussel voor een blik achter de gevel.

Ook in Oostende kan je gaan binnenkijken op een paar plekken. Zo neemt een gids je mee door het Westerkwartier langs de verschillende nieuwe gebouwen van Oostendse Haard. Laat je rondleiden in het vernieuwde Ensorhuis of kijk eens achter de schermen van het crematorium Polderbos of woonzorgcentrum De Drie Platanen, allemaal pareltjes uit de hedendaagse architectuur.


Visit the James Ensor House

Take Ensor home with you

The museum shop sells gadgets, catalogues and all kinds of other things. You can only purchase souvenirs of your visit on location. Definitely worth a visit!


The entire James Ensor House is highly accessible for less mobile visitors. Naturally visitors with visual impairments can also comfortably visit the exhibition.


Do you learn in class about the theme of art or more specifically on James Ensor? Are you attending sea classes with your students and are you looking for an instructive activity? We are ready to welcome you with open arms!

The experience center offers an interactive journey of discovery to children and young people. Attention is paid to the person who was the artist: which themes did he choose and why? Which are his best-known works?


Would you like to visit The James Ensorhuis with a (friend) group or association? Are you looking for a suitable team day for your company? We have worked out a number of formulas, one of which certainly qualifies.