This is not a museum in the traditional sense: the museum itself is...
Just gorgeous, come here every time I visit Brussels. Always leave with my head buzzing with ideas. It's true that there are a lot of rules about leaving your stuff in the hall etc but if you appreciate what a gem the place is you will want to take care of it too. And as for the review that said the food was "too industrial" you were not at this place, there is no food at all!
A nightmare to find as we were directed twice to the wrong place 2 tram stops further down. This is NOT near the metro stop Horta, take the tram or bus to Janson and on the junction look for the red/green banner. It's a very modest building from the outside. Once there, hand in your coat and handbags which I found a bit strange but OK... Pay €8 per adult and off you go. The design of the house is certainly majestic and beautiful, the split levels give this house a sense of being enormously big as you wander from one room into the next. You slowly make your way to the top floor. I can only say 'look up', you'll be amazed but for half an hour I think the €8 is only really worth the effort for either a lover of the style or history lovers. It's well kept, well preserved and it is a little time warp.
This is not really a museum, but the house iconic of the Art Nouveau style of Horta, he design this house which was is office and his home. You can avoid to pay the too expensive rate of 8 euros / person to see a not so wonderful interior and not really interesting collection. The best is to watch the house from the street and you can find in brussels other houses in the style Art Nouveau, some with nice mosaic.
A somewhat uninspiring building fro the outside. Inside is a different thing everything even the window catches have been so fantastically designed and engineered. Make sure you give the door a good push as it looks as though it is closed!
You start queuing outside (no possibility to book a time-slot), and the house can accomodate only 45 persons at the same time ; then you get in the house and are forced to let your coat, bags (even extra-small if you are a man, but ladys' bag are allowed... ) and cameras in an open cloakroom without any security. Pictures are forbidden in the museum to force you buying postcards... If you refuse to let your camera or bag, you are thrown out of the museum in a over-unfriendly way by a rude cloakroom-keeper and an arrogant old cashier... the worse experience in Brussels. Don't lose your time in this unfriendly place and visit the great new "Musée fin de siècle" in the Musées royaux des beaux-arts !
You will be totally mesmerised by the Horta Museum, originally commissioned for Drug Firm Solvay as a residence, then a Hotel. This place has detail and design at every level. This, and Horta's home on Avenue des Americains make for a real Brussels experience. Unmissable!
amazing architectural design..awesome furniture inside..what to say..go see it..brussels has wonderful art nouveau
First of all, think before going in: do you like modern archictecture and interiorism? If yes, this is great! The dome, the stairs, all the design and decoration is amazing. If you dont like such things dont bother; its a building, with cool furniture and so on.The bad thing is that there is practically no information; maximum one sign per room with some details concerning the furniture, the use of the room and thats it. Also, the kitchen was under renovation and could not be visitedYou should count an hour more or less for the visit. They keep at the entrance the umbrellas, coats and bags and you can pay the entrance via card or cash. No pics allowed. The entrance is free from local Saint-Gillois, 4€ the reduced price and 8€ the normal rate.
Not much to say - Just see it. Incredible show-off of a house partially as Horta's office and business were in the house on the mid level - so the staircase and atrium were largely showing off his style and skill as a decorator / architect. Rooms branch off of this and every detail has been meticulously thought through, and now being brought back to life by this museum which pulls in furnishings, art and pieces from disparate sources in the area, some original to the house and returned, some of the period and designed for other places. The notes are great for those interested as they follow the history of objects and furnishings - even to where they were originally in the house or in another location.
Off course you are there for the museum but well sometimes you need to eat. Average food a bit industrial