The James Ensor House

Opening: Spring/Summer 2020

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. 

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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:

  1. Introduction to Ensor’s world
  2. Interiors
  3. Ensor’s public life
  4. Criticism
  5. Masks and strange figures

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. After this extensive introduction, Gust Van Yper, Ensor’s manservant, invites the visitors to step into the master’s house. A privileged experience. As you move through the house, 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. 

Situation

Vlaanderenstraat 27
8400 Oostende
+32 59 29 53 30
info@jamesensorhuis.be

Opening hours

The James Ensor House is open daily from 10 am until 6 pm.
Closed on Mondays, except on Belgian public holidays and during Belgian school holidays.

The museum is closed on 01/01 and 25/12. 

Tickets

Weekdays (Tue - Thu) 10 euro
Weekends (Fri-Sun, Belgian public holidays and Belgian school holidays) 12 euro
Groups (+10 people) 8 euro
Young people (6- 14 years) 6 euro
Children (under 6 years) free
School groups (up to 18 years) 3 euro

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!

Open from Spring/Summer 2020.

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Accessibility

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.

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Schools

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.

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Groups

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.

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