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 pleasant 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 'private courtyards', 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 groups.




  • Stadhuis, Grote Markt 1 - Tel. 013/35 32 09
  • from 1 April up to and including 31 October
    Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat: 10 to 12:00 and 13 to 17:00 hours,
    Wed and Sun: 13 to 17:00 hours.
    From 1 November up to and including 31 March:
    Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun from 13 to 17:00 hours.
    Closed on Monday
    From 1 April up to and including 31 March:
    also closed on public holidays.
    Closed on 15 December up to and including 15 January.

  • €4 per person.
    groups from 20 persons: €2 per person.
    pensioners: €2
    Herita network association members: €2
    Children - 12 years: free.
    Residents of Diest: free on presentation of the identity card.
    Teachers: free on presentation of the teachers' card.
    Museum card for City Museum/ Museum for Religious Art: €4 per person.
    Visitors' booklet: €7.50.