Trip Planner Europe  /  Belgium  /  Flanders  /  West Flanders Province  /  Ostend  /  Museums  /  Mu.ZEE

Mu.ZEE, Ostend

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3.3/5 based on 120 reviews on the web
The Mu.ZEE is a museum in Ostend, Belgium, specialized in Belgian art from 1830 on. It was created in 2008 by fusion of the former Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst (PMMK, the museum for modern art of the Province of West-Flanders) and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten Oostende (Museum of Fine Arts Ostend), both located in Ostend. The Museum has two dependencies, the Ensorhuis (house of James Ensor) in Ostend, and the Permekemuseum in Jabbeke. Mu.ZEE is an abbreviation of "Kunstmuseum aan Zee" ("Art Museum at the Sea").HistoryThe history of the Museum of Fine Arts of the Stad Ostend starts in 1885, with a large gift by a private art collector. In 1897, a museum was created to house the collection. An airraid in 1940 destroyed the library and archive and some 400 works of art. A new building was opened in 1958. The collection is largely centered on artists from Ostend, mainly James Ensor, Constant Permeke and Léon Spilliaert.The collection of the Provincial Museum started in 1957, with the regular acquisition of works by young artists. In 1960, the house of Constant Permeke and a collection of his work was bought, and turned into the Permekemuseum. From 1962 until 1985, the main collection was exhibited in Bruges and Ypres, until a definitive location was found in 1986 in Ostend.
Using our international travel planner, Ostend attractions like Mu.ZEE can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • When you are found of Ensor or Spiliaert or if you want to have an impression about modern Belgian art, this is the place to be. Impresionism, expresionism and even surrealism are part of the museum c...  read more »
  • It is a nice walk especially in rainy day, good foreign exhibitions. But the place have to remodel it, it sees that in heaven, there are parts broken with much harm and can be hazardous
    show original
  • If real musician from Oostende I walk many along the beachfront promenade (Albert 1 promenade) I find it very fun, to in the. MU by walking, everytime there is a new photo exhibition is, about everything on the coast or Ostend, both from the distant past or the present, sometimes also on the Special City residents of yesteryear, or habits and morals or use, and experiences, sometimes beautiful, rare, photos reports of how beautiful the sea and coast of Ostend or Belgium is , AND THAT EVERYTHING IS FREE TO ADMIRE IN THE MU. SEA thanks here for
    show original
  • Superb pieces from James Ensor, Léon Spilliaert and Constant Permeke exposed permanently, next to temporary expositions.
  • Were it not for the fact of Spilliaert, I gave 1 star. Temporary exhibition ceramics was more interesting.
    show original
  • interesting exhibition of the SEA
    show original
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m