Francois Duesberg Museum, Mons

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Museum François Duesberg was opened on 21 September 1994 and is devoted to decorative arts from the period 1775 to 1825. The museum is located in Mons (Hainaut) opposite the collegiate Saint Waltrude Church in the former buildings of the National Bank of Belgium. It houses a large collection of objects in perfect condition: it has a prestigious collection of clocks and mantel clocks, exceptional gilded French bronzes, porcelain (mainly from Paris and Brussels), pottery, jewelry (including the famous Mons-punch), and numerous items of similar quality.
It was founded by François Duesberg and his wife Betty whose collections focus on the periods of Louis XVI, that of Charles X of France and of the First French Empire under Napoleon.
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  • If you would want to experience what it means to be invited to enter the genuine collector's soul, you should make this museum a priority on the list of your visits in Belgium. Here, you experience... 
    If you would want to experience what it means to be invited to enter the genuine collector's soul, you should make this museum a priority on the list of your visits in Belgium. Here, you experience...  more »
  • This is an incredible private museum displaying an amazing collection of decorative objects from 1700 till 1850. The main attraction are the gold gilted clocks, probably the largest collection of its....  more
    This is an incredible private museum displaying an amazing collection of decorative objects from 1700 till 1850. The main attraction are the gold gilted clocks, probably the largest collection of its....  more »
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  • Worth to visit definitely! Private collection in three rooms, plan at least 1h30 to visit. You will guided by pleasant host who can tell everything about each piece of art! And of course you will meet baron itself, wish him health!
  • The Francois Duesberg, is a fantastic museum dedicated to 18th and 19th century decorative arts, with a fine collection of clocks, sculptures and porcelain, ceramics, pottery and jewellery. Some of the most outstanding pieces include rare ornamental clocks from Napoleonic times, fantastic collection of cameos, Neoclassical inspired sculptures, and lots more beautiful things to see. Inside, it’s almost like a palace that even without all the exhibits would be fit for a king to stay in. Myself and several other had to wait 45 minutes over the advertised opening time before being let in, which was a little annoying. The place was opened by an elderly gentleman, I think the owner of the museum. The dude is quite eccentric, tells us no photos, but taking photos seem to be fine if they include him. Normally, I’d deduct a star for this kind of thing, but the museum is awesome.

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