Kunsthaus-Ruchniewitz in Billerbeck | Sightseeing in Münsterland
Haus Beckebans is now the Billerbeck Art Workshop
© Münsterland e.V./ Philipp Fölting
Creativity within historic walls
House Beckebans


The impressive Renaissance façade of the Kunsthaus-Ruchniewitz, formerly Haus Beckebans, attracts all eyes on a walk through beautiful Billerbeck. Located in the middle of the town centre, the magnificent property is considered the most beautiful and important secular building in the town and a monument of supra-local significance.

Opened in December 2020, the Kunsthaus is an oasis of beautiful things. Here, art in the form of paintings, light objects and works made of ceramics, glass and wood meet exquisite wines, fine champagne, excellent liqueurs and many other beautiful objects. A place that appeals to all the senses and invites you to relax and enjoy.

From farmhouse to city jewel

The house, which was first mentioned in a document in 1409, does not provide any information about whether it was a municipal nobleman's court or a rich burgher's house. It was not until much later that the property received its splendid cladding and the former name "Haus Beckebans". At first it served as a residence for the de Konynk and Buninck families and as a farmhouse whose rooms were shared by humans and farm animals. In 1560, the house was given a splendid brick façade in an elaborate bacon layer technique with a three-tiered gable with shell attachments.
The building was completed 90 years later with a mezzanine. The house's former name "Beckebans" dates back to the Beckebans family's 1903 inn before it was restored in 1974 to house a pharmacy, restaurant and bookshop.

Since 2019, the house has been owned by the Ruchniewitz family, who have lovingly restored this historic house and created not only an art gallery but also a meeting place under the sign "Kunsthaus-Ruchniewitz".

Map | Kunsthaus-Ruchniewitz

Service at the Kunsthaus-Ruchniewitz

  • Admission free / free of charge
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Bad weather offer
  • Spring
  • Autumn
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • 100 Castles Route

House Beckebans

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    15:00 Uhr bis 19:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    15:00 Uhr bis 19:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    15:00 Uhr bis 19:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    13:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr


  • Free admission:
    0,00 €
Note on the visit

The house serves not only as an art house, but also as the residence of the Ruchniewitz family. Please respect the privacy of the residents and their home.

4 Tips for the Kunsthaus Ruchniewitz

  • On the way to Billerbeck, it is worth taking a look at the historic provost church of St. Ludgerus, whose overall architecture is a work of art from the medieval Gothic period.
  • Near the town you will find another historic estate, the famous Kolvenburg, which you can explore in more detail on guided tours.
  • If you are drawn to nature, enjoy a hike through the Berkelquelle recreational area with its popular Kneipp treading pool, use the Nordic walking park or the many beautiful cycling and hiking paths to Havixbeck or Coesfeld.
  • You can experience a wonderful combination of nature and historical buildings on the day cycle tour"Hidden behind hedges".

Places of interest around the Kunsthaus-Ruchniewitz

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I am a blue castle!

I am a blue castle! I am privately inhabited and not accessible. Please regard me respectfully at a distance - I wave to you from afar ...

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