The collection of the banker David van Buuren and his wife, Alice, is well worth the journey out to the southern suburbs of Brussels. The cultured and wealthy couple designed the house and garden as a harmonious whole, and from 1928 began to fill it with five centuries of art, including rare pieces of furniture, carpets, sculptures, and stained-glass windows. Alice turned it into a museum in 1975. The exterior gives little hint of the beautiful art deco interior, which makes much use of exotic woods and precious materials. Inside are paintings by Peter Brueghel the Elder, the school of Rembrandt, van Gogh, and James Ensor. There’s also a collection of 32 paintings by the Belgian artist Gustave van de Woestyne, whose work was a precursor of surrealism. Many people come here just for the extensive gardens, which include a symbolist garden and an art deco rose garden. Three's also a labyrinth whose green rooms were inspired by the Song of Solomon.
Musée David et Alice van Buuren
41 Avenue Léo Errera
Our Rating Neighborhood Uccle Hours Wed–Mon 2–5:30pm Transportation Tram 3, 4, 7 to Churchill, B us 38, 60 to Cavell Phone 02/343-48-51 Prices Garden and museum: €10 adults, €8 seniors, €5 students, free for children under age 12. Garden only: €5 adults, €4 seniors, €2.50 students, free for children under age 2 Web site Musée David et Alice van Buuren
Map41 Avenue Léo Errera Brussels
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