The strength of the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent, one of the oldest museums in Belgium, lies in the varied nature of its collection, which is nothing short of remarkable. Never before have old masters and modernists hung side-by-side so perfectly as in this iconic museum building.

MSK: from confiscations to a huge art collection

At the end of the 18th century, Ghent was under French rule and many of the city’s art treasures were seized. Some of them can still be seen in the Louvre in Paris today. Rebellious Ghent wasn’t having any of it, and slowly began to establish a wide-ranging art collection, searching for years to find an appropriate building. The ideal location was found in the building designed by the architect Van Rysselberghe in the Citadelpark, a temple to the arts with a fantastic feeling of spaciousness and a lot of light.

Bosch and Magritte, surrounded by beauty

The collection, which ranges from Hieronymus Bosch to Rubens and Magritte, has never been shown more attractively than it is today. It covers an enormous variety of paintings, statues, drawings, etchings and tapestries, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. An auditorium, a library, a children’s workshop and a brasserie turn the MSK into a contemporary, multipurpose complex where you can spend many a pleasant hour surrounded by beauty during your weekend trip to Ghent. Why not take a virtual peek inside the MSK now?

The Mystic Lamb atones for the sins of the world

Be sure to enjoy the divine glow of the Mystic Lamb and watch—live—the restoration work being done on this masterpiece by the Van Eyck Brothers, once of the greatest works of early Flemish painting.

Flemish masters, Flemish art at the MSK

On the subject of Flemish masters, works by Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Paul Rubens and James Ensor etc. can be found all over the world. But nowhere else can you gain such a complete picture of these and other world-famous Flemish artists as the place where they come from. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Groeningemuseum in Bruges and the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent tell the story of visual art in the southern Netherlands from the 15th to the 20th century. Their collections have grown in parallel through the years and complement each other perfectly. Together they form the Flemish Art Collection.


You can schedule your visit online through the link below. The staff at BOEKjeBEZOEK will get back to you as soon as possible with all the necessary the details of your reservation.

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