Permeke museum - Closed due to renovation

After three years of renovation works, things are nearing completion. The Permeke Museum will once again be opening its doors to the public from the end of March 2024. Its renovation was carried out by the Flemish government, which owns the building. There has been a particular focus on the sculpture studio, which has been thoroughly insulated and equipped with a modern, museum-grade climate control system. The site’s security and accessibility have also been improved.

The Permeke Museum team, part of Mu.ZEE vzw, has full operational control of the museum. As part of the Flemish Masters revival project, Toerisme Vlaanderen awarded the Permeke Museum a generous subsidy for a fresh interpretation that is both substantive and easily accessible to the public.

The Permeke Studio will also be reopening its doors and resuming the highly popular educational activities that it was already running prior to the renovation works. Workshops for schools, holiday camps, family workshops, birthday parties, training courses for teachers and other activities will once again be staged in Permeke's atmospheric studio and in the beautiful garden.

Plant en Houtgoed and Regionaal Landschap Houtland en Polders are working together to ensure that Permeke’s beautiful garden is properly maintained. Authentic elements, such as the sunken lawn and the hedged-in avenue of trees inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, are being preserved and restored based on archive photos taken by Permeke. The garden will now be cared for in a radically ecological way, with a focus on greater biodiversity. This will therefore become a garden of the future, with an experimental and forward-thinking side that echoes Permeke’s artistic approach. The clipped lawns are being replaced with wildflower meadows, and fruit and nut trees. During museum opening times, the garden is accessible to all. You can relax there for a while, revel in the biodiversity, connect with friends and family, or enjoy a picnic.