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. While the Ensor House was already open to the public, its potential was not fully utilised. That is why the City of Ostend acquired the adjoining dwellings, adding 690 sqm to the house.
The buildings were converted into an interactive experience centrum that introduces you to Ensor and his world. These rooms, which are decorated with authentic furniture, life-size reproductions and small documentary presentations, offer a unique opportunity to explore the space where the artist worked and lived. Five rooms each shine a spotlight on a specific theme:
You learn more about the many facets of this interesting artist.
Every target group, from art connoisseurs to children, is introduced to Ensor and his world on their level in an interactive presentation. Visitors are also given tailor-made audio guides. Gust Van Yper, Ensor’s manservant, guides the youngest visitors through the house. A privileged experience. Gust reveals countless anecdotes about the many famous people that visited him, about life in the house and the family members. Here you can sense, listen to and see James Ensor. Your visit ends in the museum proper. The museum hosts several temporary exhibitions in collaboration with the Ensor expert Xavier Tricot.
In a playful and interactive way, young visitors learn all about the wonderful world of James Ensor. The clues offered in the booklet, help to discover the false Ensor in the James Ensor House. Outside again, the Ostend of Ensor awaits you for the family trail. It's packed with fun assignments and crazy riddles and guides you through the city that was Ensor's muze.
In a wheelchair? The entire James Ensor House is highly accessible for less mobile visitors.
The entire James Ensor House is highly accessible for less mobile visitors. Naturally visitors with visual impairments can also comfortably visit the exhibition. We offer visitors audio guides and iPods as well as several tactile exhibits. Guide dogs are also welcome in the museum.
You cannot park at the entrance of the James Ensor House. The nearest car parks are Parking Centrum and Parking Kursaal 2, which are just 150 metres from the museum. Both car parks have reserved spaces for people with disabilities.
An interactive journey of discovery in the James Ensor House for children and young people.
They learn more about the person behind the artist with a guide. Which themes did he choose and why? What are his most famous works? All these and other topics are covered during this interactive tour of the James Ensor House. The children take the lead. They are given plenty of fun think and do assignments that challenge them to actively think and put their ideas in words.
Do you want to visit the James Ensor House with a group? We offer tailored group visits upon request.
Looking for a fun team day for your company? We will gladly develop an experience that is tailored to your company. Our guides have vast expertise, enabling us to jointly develop an appropriate package for 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!