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Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)

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Address: Enclos St. Martin, Tournai, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 69 22 20 43
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jewel in small town

The building from outside doesn't look great. It looks better inside but the walls could be painted in lighter colours. The entry was free. There are couple of interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 September 2016
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Wroclaw, Poland
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Wroclaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The building from outside doesn't look great. It looks better inside but the walls could be painted in lighter colours. The entry was free. There are couple of interesting paintings and drawings. If this museum was in Paris or London I would be called "hidden jewel".

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Brussels
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

When I first came to Belgium 25 years ago, I read somewhere that the Musée des Beaux Arts in Tournai was second only to the one in Brussels, and finally, after all these years, we went there. I had read reviews here saying how rather strange it is, and I have to agree that they don't really make the most... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

The museum is housed in a purpose built building designed by Horta, and is indeed very pleasant inside. However, the building is not used maximum effect and could do with some renovation. The work of arts are thematically displayed, which is a bit random, as it is a small and eclectic collection. However, it does house a very nice collection... More 

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Fussa, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Ok; so the walls are crazy bright colors and there is a huge resin hippo with butterfly wings attached (think Fantasia) suspended from the ceiling in the main rotunda. This is a mix of art as stated in other reviews but there are some significant works displayed. There are several Durers,Manet, Monet, Delecroix and others well worth the trip and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

I hate to leave a negative review but this place is a mess. One of the most bizarre and odd museums I've been to with a mish-mash of art scattered about in random order. No rhyme or reason at all!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

A must visit for the strange experience. Very low entrance fee, so buy a ticket and be amazed. It's a mix of art, with some nice pieces of Manet, Van Gogh, Rubens etc in a strange museum with lack of presentation skills. The museum was reorganising/setting up an (new/temporary?) exhibition but we could still visit. A lot of pieces of... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

The building is a magnificent art-nouveau building, purpose designed as a museum but it can use some renovation. The collection is a strange mix in a bizarre presentation. There are 3 impressionist paintings that catched my eye.

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As, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

if there is a manual how to mess up a museam they followed it to the letter. there are for instance big size paintings from Louis Gallait but tne middle of hall is blocked by a mysterious black square in order to go prevent you from overseeing the whole painting. Also some red painted walls give a awkward feeling when... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2015

The museum has been completely neglected, as there is trash all over, the paintings are poorly displayed and the few pieces of outstanding art have to be searched for. I pray the Tournai city fathers and mothers take more pride in their city, which could be a jewel attracting many tourists. As it is, we were happy to leave.

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Sheffield, UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015

It was advertised with a long list of "names" - in fact there were just one or two - often drawings - to the names. Disappointing visit.

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