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MUSEUMS

see also in the cityguide (Dutch only)

Museum of local history « De Plate »

At this moment , the museum is situated in the ‘Feest- en Kultuurpaleis’ on the main market place, but soon it will be moved to the Langestraat.
Here you can find a collection of objects from de Neolithic and the Roman times. Next to many photographs , posters and pictures from the 19th century there is a maritime section, a Belle-Epoque section and a section from the First and Second World Wars.

Museum of Fine Arts

Feest- en Kultuurpaleis, Wapenplein

Among the different works of art from Ostend such as Ensor, Permeke, Spilliaert, Finch, De Clerck, etc.. there’s a large variety of works from Belgian masters from 1830 until 1914.

James Ensor House

Home and studio of James Ensor (1860 - 1949) situated in the Vlaanderenstraat 27. On the ground floor you will find a collection of shells and souvenirs from his aunt and his uncle. On the first floor there is a documentation room and an exhibition room. On the second floor you can visit the painter’s original sitting room and studio.

P.M.M.K. – Museum of modern art.

This museum presents a collection of paintings , sculptures and objects , which give you an almost complete picture of modern art in Belgium since the beginning, until the present day.
The museum is situated in an old warehouse, S.E.O.; designed by the architect Gaston Eysselinck in the Romestraat.

Prince Charles Memorial - Domain Raversijde The Atlantic Wall museum

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Situated at the “Duinenweg” at “Raversijde” there is the Prince Charles Memorial.
Next to the museum, in honor of Prince Charles (1903 - 1983), Count of Flanders and Regent of Belgium ( 1944 - 1950), you can visit the excavation of a fishermen’ s village from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. Outdoors you have bunkers, underground trenches, remains of German coastal batteries , observation posts and artillery . This domain must be visited accompanied by a guide.

Museum Sint-Pieterstoren

A private museum, situated in the tower of the Saint- Pieters Church. The main body of the church burned down in 1896.

You can find the museum on the Léandre Vilainplein. History of the old Saint-Pieters Church with a collection of models, photographs and other documents. A stair case with 74 steps brings you to the top where you can have a panoramic view all over the town.

Museum of Religious Arts

Sint Sebastiaanstraat.

North Sea Aquarium

Flora and fauna from the North Sea. Next to a collection of shells and seaweed you can admire the aquariums with fish, crustaceans and shellfish from the North Sea. The
aquarium is situated on the Fishermen’s Quay

Schooner Mercator

A former Belgian training ship of the Belgian Merchant Navy , which transported the remains of Father Damiaan. A Schooner which kept her authentic interior and which has been restored as a nautical museum.

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