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Museum and Gardens Van Buuren

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Description

This house bought in 1928 by the banker and patron David van Buuren has a outdoor architecture typical of the Amsterdam School, while the indoor decoration characterizes an unique "Art Deco" whole by Belgian, French and Dutch designers. The van Buuren made their villa a "living academy", where the rare furniture, carpets, stained-glass windows, sculptures and international masterpieces have remained in place. The garden, of an exceptional size, has been restored. This " private memory house " became a museum in 1975 according to the testament of Alice van Buuren . Harmony was the chief concern of David and Alice van Buuren when they designed their home: harmony in the interior's Art Deco style and harmony in the gardens that surround the house. In 1929, after starting to plant the garden, the Dutch banker, David van Buuren (1886-1955) - related to the Family of Orange - and his wife, Alice, built their home. These were crazy times in Europe, whose social elite wanted nothing but unfettered luxury. An aspiration met here by the designer-decorators by their use of precious materials (exotic woods, burr, ivory etc.) Superb collections of paintings from the 15th to the 20th century, including a version of "The Fall of Icarus" painted by Bruegel the Elder. The gardens cover an area of 1,5 ha including the "Garden of the Heart" by R. Pechère and the "Labyrinth".

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Timetable

Monday from 14:00 to 17:30
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday from 14:00 to 17:30
Thursday from 14:00 to 17:30
Friday from 14:00 to 17:30
Saturday from 14:00 to 17:30
Sunday from 14:00 to 17:30

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Tram

3 7

Accessibility

  • Accessible to pedestrians with mobility aids

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