Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

Museumlaan 14
B-9831, Deurle

Opening hours

We–Su: 10:00–17:00

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 20 December 2021 to 4 January 2022 and during the dismantling and construction of exhibitions.

Safety measures COVID-19

From 20 November, mouth masks (from age 6) are mandatory for a visit to MDD. more info





60+, -26, teachers with pass, official guides, disabled persons, groups from 10 persons, vtbKultuur pas, UITpas, EYCA


- 18, ICOM, Companion for disabled persons, MuseumPASSmusées, Open Monumenten-bon, MDD members

Guided tours

  • before 17:00: € 70, excl. admission
  • after 17:00: € 170, excl. admission
  • by curator or director: on request
  • max. 12 persons per guide
  • book your visit at least one week in advance

Reservations and info:
of +32 (0)9 330 17 39

Workshops for schools

  • on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons
  • € 4 per pupil, excl. entrance ticket
  • max. 25 pupils per group

Reservations and info:
of +32 (0)9 330 17 39

Getting there

By bicycle

There are many pleasant bicycle routes in the direction of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. From Ghent it is about 18 km cycling to the museum, using the cycling network of Toerisme Leiestreek. Or plan your own route via Toerisme Oost-Vlaanderen.

By car

The museum is easily accessible by car and free parking is provided in front of the premises

By bus

Consult the route planner of De Lijn to get to MDD by public transport (nearest stop Deurle De Smetdreef).

In the area

Combine a visit to MDD with other museums in the area:

The laying of the foundation stone in 1967 marked the start of the construction of a unique and modernist building, situated between the meanders of the Lys on an adjacent plot of land next to the villa of Jules and Irma Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle. The elongated and simple volume was designed by architect Erik Van Biervliet (1938–1996) and is an early example of modernist architecture in Belgium after the Second World War. It was one of his first assignments as an independent architect and he continued to favour simplicity.

The brick volume of the patio hall has recessed and recessed walls and allowed the installation of narrow and gable-high windows for a unique and characteristic incidence of light. The crisp white building enters into an immediate dialogue with its wooded and ever-changing surroundings without being intrusive. The interior is open and the various rooms flow into each other, receiving natural light from the different domes in the ceiling.

A long-planned extension did not materialise in the end, and in 2020 MDD began a thorough renovation to fully restore its architectural character. The first phase, which addressed the roof and floors, is now complete.