City museum 'De Hofstadt'
Located in the heart of the city, the Hofstadt museum was once the residence of the Lords of Driest. The museum displays a rich art collection that reflects Diest's captivating past. The Hofstadt is housed in the vibrant cellars of the town hall, a remnant of the three houses that stood here until the beginning of the 18th century.
The silverwork of the archers' guilds, articles of daily use, sculptures, paintings, furniture and more tell the story of Diest in a very enjoyable way. Showpiece 'The Annunciation', is a painting by Hendrick ter Brugghen, one of the greatest painters of the Utrecht School. But also feel free to admire the 15th century chandelier and the two ‘enclosed gardens’, a unique Flemish art form dating back to the 17th century. And, for the first time, all remaining house saints from the Beguinage in Diest are shown in group.
Stadhuis, Grote Markt 1 - Tel. 013/35 32 09
Tue, Thu, Fri: 11 to 17 hours
Sat and Sun: 13 to 18 hours,
closed Mondays and Wednesdays