Horta Museum

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Horta Museum
Main facade of the Horta Museum
General information
TypeTown house and workshop
Architectural styleArt Nouveau
LocationSaint-Gilles, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Coordinates50°49′27″N 4°21′17″E / 50.82417°N 4.35472°E / 50.82417; 4.35472Coordinates: 50°49′27″N 4°21′17″E / 50.82417°N 4.35472°E / 50.82417; 4.35472
Construction started1898 (1898)
Completed1901 (1901)
ClientVictor Horta
Design and construction
Architect(s)Victor Horta
Official nameMajor Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)
Criteriai, ii, iv
Designated2000 (24th session)
Reference no.1005
RegionEurope and North America

The Horta Museum (French: Musée Horta, Dutch: Hortamuseum) is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta and his time. The museum is housed in Horta's former town house and workshop (French: Maison et Atelier Horta, Dutch: Woning en Atelier Horta), built in 1898. It is located at 23–25, Rue Américaine/Amerikaanse straat in the Brussels municipality of Saint-Gilles, Belgium.

Housed in the Art Nouveau interiors is a permanent display of furniture, utensils and art objects designed by Horta and his contemporaries, as well as documents related to his life and time. The museum also organises temporary exhibitions on topics related to Horta and his art.

The building is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the major town houses of Victor Horta in Brussels.[2]


The UNESCO commission recognised the Horta Museum as UNESCO World Heritage in 2000, as part of the listing 'Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta':

The four major town houses—Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde, and Maison & Atelier Horta—located in Brussels and designed by the architect Victor Horta, one of the earliest initiators of Art Nouveau, are some of the most remarkable pioneering works of architecture of the end of the 19th century. The stylistic revolution represented by these works is characterised by their open plan, the diffusion of light, and the brilliant joining of the curved lines of decoration with the structure of the building.[2]

An extensive restoration project was completed in 2013. In 2014, it won the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award.[3][4]


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Région de Bruxelles-Capitale (1997–2004). "Ancienne maison et atelier de Victor Horta. Musée Horta" (in French). Brussels. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Major Townhouses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)". UNESCO. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Awards".
  4. ^ "Press corner".

Further reading[edit]

  • Aubry, Françoise (2001). The Horta Museum, Saint-Gilles, Brussels. Gent: Ludion. OCLC 50212858.

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