The collections of the Maison Autrique are built around the way of life at the turn of the 20th century in Brussels. In the setting of a house built – but not furnished – by Victor Horta, we find the furniture, lights, works and objects of art of the age. The drawings of François Schuiten, several of which adorn the walls, showcase the main architectural and ornamental elements.
The main subject of the permanent exhibition is the house itself. The building is used to present the work of Victor Horta at the beginning of his career, of various restorers (thanks to whom the house regained its former glory), and Schuiten and Peeters as scenographer and storytellers.
When the house was restored to its original state, a partnership was created with the cultural department of the Municipality of Schaerbeek, which accepted to put a certain number of art works and objects belonging to it in safe custody. So art objects and other furnishing elements from the 19th century were used to decorate the Maison Autrique.