Museum Arnold Vander Haeghen
In 1771, Joos Clemmen, one of the first cotton
tycoons of Ghent, became the owner of a stately
mansion in the Veldstraat. A few decades before,
the talented rococo architect from Ghent, David
‘t Kindt, had bought the former building which
originally consisted of three smaller houses, but he
never finished the new mansion he had designed.
Clemmen had the building completed and the
interior decorated sumptuously. Wall decoration in
painted Chinese silk was applied in the large salon
at the garden side. Today this Chinese Drawing
Room is absolutely unique. Nowhere else an
ensemble was kept so intact.
In the garden, at the banks of the Lys, Clemmen
had a beautiful warehouse built in classicistic style.
The author Maurice Maeterlinck was born in
Ghent in 1862. In 1911 he was awarded the Nobel
Prize for Literature. He would become one of the
great masters of world literature. The Maeterlinck
Room is reminiscent of this great author from
Ghent. The showpiece of the Maeterlinck Room is
the original furniture of his study from Orlamonde,
his enormous villa in Nice, where he died in 1949.
Hotel d’Hane Steenhuyse
This 18th-century hôtel de maître is one of the major
and most beautiful mansions of the city. Count
Jean Baptiste d’Hane de Steenhuyse (1757-1826)
received heads of state here such as Frederick I,
prince of Orange, and Alexander I, tsar of Russia.
Also the French king Louis XVIII stayed in this
stately mansion after he had fled in 1815 from the
troops of Napoleon.
The salons and rooms around the impressive entrance
hall radiate the grandeur of the rich urban
society life. The showpiece undoubtedly is the
two-storey high salle à l’italienne which makes one
dream of high society parties with its magnificent
ceiling paintings, numerous mirrors and splendid
inlaid parquet floor.
The majestic staircase leads to the much more
intimate rooms on the first floor. Here are the
(separate) bedrooms of the count and countess
with the cabinets, the music room, the so-called
Chinese drawing room and the rooms for the
The servants were accommodated on the third
floor, which was only accessible through the service
Guided visits to the Museum Arnold Vander Haeghen and Hotel d’Hane Steenhuyse
with start at the Museum Arnold Vander Haeghen, Veldstraat 82
Groups and schools:
Groups: 75 euro (guide and entrance fee included), 15 persons max.
Schools: 65 euro (guide and entrance fee included)
BoekjeBezoek – Gent Cultuurstad vzw
tel. +32 9 267 14 66
fax +32 9 267 14 98
Pearls in the city
On Friday and Saturday, at 14.30
Entrance fee: 5 euro p.p. (guide and entrance fee included)
Young people under 19: free
vzw Uitbureau Gent
Kammerstraat 19 (from 5 March 2012: Veldstraat 82)
Tel. +32 9 233 77 88
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday: 10.00 – 12.30 & 13.30 – 17.30
Saturday: 10.00 – 12.30 & 13.00 – 16.30
Closed on Sunday & bank holidays