The originality and interest of the collections of the Hospital Notre-Dame à la Rose lies in their variety and quality. Indeed, they illustrate many areas of the history of art and science. Moreover, they are preserved in situ and contribute very largely to recreate an atmosphere, peculiar to this place where time seems to have stopped. Many links can be highlighted between the objects presented today to visitors and the daily life or major events experienced by those who made and wrote the history of Notre-Dame à la Rose .

The art collections contain several thousand pieces. They include Gothic and Renaissance furniture as well as Regency or Baroque woodwork. The credenzas and the Gothic benches are unique in Belgium.

© Francis Vauban

The paintings on wood or on canvas (15th to 20th century) are of high quality and we can cite, for example, the allegory of religious life, extraordinary anonymous painting of the 16th century or the cycle of 14 paintings of the large refectory of the community as well as the Madonna and Child of Monseigneur’s apartment. Finally, how not to speak of the surprising Christ with breasts or Lamentation of Christ rediscovered during the preparation of the exhibition “The enclosed garden”. The statuary is not left behind with a Virgin with the child of the 14th and a pieta of the 15th century.

The treasure of civil and religious silverware, rich of more than forty pieces, further reinforces the interest of the artistic collections of the Hospital Notre-Dame à la Rose. All this without mentioning laces, brass, pewter, porcelain, crystals and fabrics.

It is interesting to note the way in which the collection has gradually been formed. Most items are gifts and donations of the sisters themselves or of their family, given to the community when young girls entered religion at the Hospital to serve God and the sick. At times, prioresses from wealthy families also donated some of their heritage to the hospital, or commissioned paintings by renowned artists or pieces of silverware. These collections are an extraordinary testimony, a superb illustration of the life of the community that occupied the Hospital of Lessines for nearly 750 years.

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🇫🇷 Le musée reste fermé jusqu'au 04 août inclus.

Cependant, notre terrasse éphémère ouvre de nouveau ses portes de 11h à 18h tout au long du week-end. 🍽️
Les glaces d'Elodie sera présente avec son food-truck le samedi de 13h à 18h et le dimanche de 13h à 15h30, de quoi vous rafraichir avec une bonne glace locale ! 🍨
Notre jardin de simple sera également accessible aux heures d'ouverture de la terrasse éphémère ! 🌿

Merci de votre compréhension 🤞🏻

🇳🇱 Het museum blijft gesloten tot en met 4 augustus.

Echter, ons tijdelijke terras opent opnieuw zijn deuren van 11.00 tot 18.00 uur gedurende het hele weekend. 🍽️ Elodie's ijsjes zullen aanwezig zijn met haar foodtruck op zaterdag van 13.00 tot 18.00 uur en op zondag van 13.00 tot 15.30 uur, zodat u zich kunt verfrissen met een heerlijk lokaal ijsje! 🍨 Onze kruidentuin zal ook toegankelijk zijn tijdens de openingstijden van het tijdelijke terras! 🌿

Bedankt voor uw begrip 🤞🏻

🇬🇧 The museum will still be closed until 4th of august included.

However, our pop-up terrace will reopen its doors from 11 am to 6 pm throughout the weekend. 🍽️ Elodie's ice creams will be available with her food truck on Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm and on Sunday from 1 pm to 3:30 pm, offering you a refreshing local ice cream! 🍨 Our herb garden will also be accessible during the opening hours of the pop-up terrace! 🌿

Thank you for your understanding 🤞🏻