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How do I get inside Hôtel Tassel (Brussels)?

 
Author meltwaterfalls
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#1 | Posted: 25 Jul 2008 11:51 
This is a place that has been eluding me for sometime.

It is one of the four Major Town Houses of Victor Horta . And I have seen the exterior many times but can't seem to find anyway of getting inside which is where the real glory lies.

The only reports I have of visits to the interior are the review by Henry and Jessica Townsend who stumbled upon it when the door was open and were invited in.
I have tried waiting around outside (2 times) but as yet this has not been successful.

The only other thing I have found is this conference on Art Nouveau which had a tour of the inside, it took place in 2003, so I am a little late for that.

I am writing here (more in hope than expectation) that someone may have stumbled across something; a link or a contact that would know a way of visiting the interior. So if anyone has any additional information it would be greatly appreciated.

Author Solivagant
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#2 | Posted: 25 Jul 2008 12:50 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Gosh - that takes me back !! I lived in the Ixelles area and worked in Avenue Louise for 2 years - the heart of the Horta district but just took it all for granted! The ARAU Foundation runs Art nouveau tours in Brussels but I am not clear if they actually go inside the Tassel house or just view it from outside! Their Tours include one called the Cradle of Art Nouveau which is descibed as "The tour starts with Horta's "Art Nouveau manifesto" façade of the Tassel house." - which implies NOT.

As their specialism is this sort of thing I would send them an email explaining your interest and asking them for advice - they may know of some way or sometimes these things have "once per year" visit!
info@arau.org

Their web site is
http://www.arau.org/

Author EnsignYoshi
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#3 | Posted: 27 Jul 2008 09:13 
I could be mistaken, but every region in Belgium has an "open monuments day". Brussels region does this as well and I seem to recall the hotel tassel opening it's doors for this occasion.

Author elsslots
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#4 | Posted: 27 Jul 2008 09:18 | Edited by: elsslots 
In Brussels, it's on September 20-21 this year (2008)

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#5 | Posted: 28 Jul 2008 04:18 
Ah thanks for this, unfortunatley it is a month to early for this years visit.

I am sure I will be back next year and I will see if I can time it better.

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#6 | Posted: 27 Mar 2012 09:36 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
I'm not 100% sure what this tour entails, but maybe the years of waiting may be paying off as ARAU are organising special tours for Victor Horta's 150th birthday.

http://www.arau.org/en/t/totally-horta/8

Even if it doesn't get inside Hotel Tassel, it may be a great way of seeing more of his works.

---Edit, I just heard back and it the Van Eetvelde house that they visit along side, the Saint Ghislain School and Former "Magasins Waucquez" (now the comic museum) the Hotel's Tassel and Solvay are open during the Biennale Art Nouveau which it seems I somehow missed last year, the next one should be October 2014 apparently---

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#7 | Posted: 25 Jul 2013 07:43 
:(

It seems that you can now visit Hotel Solvay but it comes in at €40, making even the Tower of London look reasonably priced.

I'm tempted but it is exceptionally expensive and I don't really want to support this kind of pricing scheme. Maybe my mind will change, it is an exceptionally fine interior.

Here are the details if anyone is interested:
http://www.voiretdirebruxelles.be/events/exceptional-opening-of-three-art-nouveau-tow nhouses

Author elsslots
Admin
#8 | Posted: 25 Jul 2013 10:49 
meltwaterfalls:
I don't really want to support this kind of pricing scheme

40 EUR for 1 hour...
maybe you're guided around by the new Belgian king, or miss Belgium...

Author Kbecq
Partaker
#9 | Posted: 8 Apr 2016 14:54 
We visited Hotel Tassel in October last year (2015). Every two years there is an art nouveau biennale in Brussels including Hotel Tassel (at least in 2015). A ticket for one day costs EUR 25 and with this ticket you can visit as much sites as you like. However, the number of available places per site are limited & you have to register/book in advance on the Voir et Dire website (cf. the link above in Meltwaterfalls' message).

Hotel Solvay was also included but for this site you had to pay an extra fee on top of the EUR 25 (EUR 20 if I'm not mistaken).

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#10 | Posted: 11 Apr 2016 11:21 
Thanks for that Kbecq, I just saw there is a tour of Hotel Tassel in June, this could work very well. Thank you for flagging it up to me.

Author Kbecq
Partaker
#11 | Posted: 11 Oct 2016 14:30 
To Meltwaterfalls and others who might be interested:

The art nouveau biennale has become the Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival (BANAD) and will be held every year in March as from 2017 (http://www.voiretdirebruxelles.be/events/banad-festival).

Don't know if Horta's major town houses will be included, but there is a good chance they will since this was the case the previous editions of the biennale.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#12 | Posted: 12 Oct 2016 10:01 
Thanks for flagging that up Kbecq

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