The Salons

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Today, The Salons are commonly known as the annual residence of Sinterklaas between 12 November and 6 December, but the impressive mansion in the Stationsstraat has a lot more to offer than the bedstead of Sinterklaas and his helpers' giant bunk bed.

The eclectic town house was built in 1928 by order of a textile merchant named Edmond Meert. He followed the 'Upstairs, downstairs' principle. Interesting fact: the current front door is the former service entrance, because Meert wanted the fa├žade of his house to face the garden.

In the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century, The Salons were a renowned banquet hall, the Carlton. Apart from the authentic decoration, projecting charm and grandeur, the museum also contains a fine collection of art.

Every year, a bunch of original activities are planned here: e.g. 'De salons in jonge handen' (The Salons in Young Hands) and the 'Museumnacht' (Night of the Museum).

The Salons are closed to the public until january 26th.

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