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“Brussels' Casa Batlló”

Horta Museum (Musee Horta)
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US$29.93*
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Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #26 of 410 things to do in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is not a museum in the traditional sense: the museum itself is actually the house that Victor Horta built for himself in the late 1890s, which truly exemplifies the Art Nouveau style that made Horta into one of the most acclaimed architects in Belgium.
Reviewed 16 June 2014

The famous Art Noveau building that served as Victor Horta's home and atelier is outstanding in every way, and one can easily lose oneself in the impressive multitude of details to which Horta gave attention when designing his abode. The dining room is easily his crowning achievement in terms of decor and is, by itself, enough for me to recommend a visit. The entrance for adults is 8 euros and there is a strict and enforced no-photo policy. Also, as only 45 people can visit at a time and the opening hours are scarce (starting at 2pm), you may need to wait in line. Highly recommended for lovers of architecture and decoration.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

The museum is open a few hours, carefully letting only 45 in at a time. You wait in line for what you anticipate is something really fantastic. While it is unique, its condition is worn and shabby. You feel that it needs restoration and can't understand why it has been left this way. Where was everything, but furniture? Yes, you get the appreciation of the style, but you can get in and out in 30 min. We came before opening and there are a few cafes down the block, so your afternoon is pleasant going there. Overall, we went for the hype and culture, but I've seen better.

1  Thank Rose412
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Brussels is the capital of art nouveau architecture, and Horta's home displays the best of the architecture and furnishings by one of the movement's most noted architects.
The museum also sells an excellent walking tour map of art nouveau structures. We took 3 of the tours during our stay.
Negatives: short hours for the popularity of the museum (and its limited capacity due to fire laws), so schedule your visit carefully and/or expect a long wait on the sidewalk to get in.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

The Horta Museum was on the top of our list of places to see during our short time in Brussels. We had limited time, so we took a taxi that dropped us off right in front of the museum. The exterior of the building is obviously easily identifiable by its architectural details. It is a beautiful facade. The poor visitor experience begins when you enter the building. There is a large reception desk to the right where you wait in line. Assuming this was for ticket sales, we waited in line. However, this is only the line to check a bag or a coat. You are instructed to go to the second floor of the house to buy a ticket. The room with the reception desk also holds a small bookstore and gift shop. The house truly is amazing and well worth the trip to see. It does not take long to tour the house. The interpretation of the house, however, was very disappointing. No information is provided when you buy your ticket. The only information presented was a brief description of some of the furnishings. Perhaps a guided tour would have been more worthwhile. If you were coming here to learn more about Horta the architect as I was, you will be disappointed. There are no descriptions of the rooms, the materials or finishes, or the decorative features. If you do your research before your visit, you will probably get a lot more out of it. One amusing feature in the bedroom was the swing out urinal - no kidding! Please tell me about this! Also there was work going on in the rear yard of the house. Again, there was no information on the gardens. Were these also designed by Horta? Are they being restored? In addition, it did not appear that any of the staff wore identifying shirts or name tags, so sometimes you weren't sure who was an employee and who was a tourist. In short, if you are an architecture fan, it is worth the visit. If you are not and are looking for an educational opportunity, it may not be worth your time.

2  Thank BeaconTraveler
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Horta is my second favorite architect next to Gaudi and his house is spectacular. This is art nouveau at its finest. it's too bad more of his work hasn't survived but don't miss the comics museum. It's located in a restored Horta building as well.

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