House Gezelle, (Gezellehuis in Dutch) is a literary museum dedicated to the life and work of Guido Gezelle (1830-1899), an influential Flemish (North Belgium) poet and linguist.
The museum is located in the authentic district of Bruges, in the very house where Gezelle was born and spent his childhood. This 16th-century house now showcases various artifacts from his life, including manuscripts, photographs, and books. You can also see his writing desk, travel case, and rosary.
Gezelle was a versatile writer who experimented with different styles. His works include poetry, prose, journal articles, and political polemics. The museum highlights five main themes in Gezelle’s work: nature, religion, friendship, language and folklore, and tradition and renewal.
In addition to the indoor exhibits, the museum features beautiful gardens with organic vegetable plots, which pay tribute to the natural beauty that inspired Gezelle’s work.
At the museum entrance, you’ll find Jan Fabre’s sculpture ‘The man who inspires others,’ which captures the poetic spirit that inspired Gezelle and his visitors.
Gezellehuis (House Gezelle) is located in the east side of Bruges city. It takes 15 minutes on foot from the city center.
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Hours and Fees
The museum is open only one day a month. Visit Official Website to check the opening dates.
From 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm