03-03-2022 | Open day

Open day KIK-IRPA
Fascinated by art, culture and science?

During the IRPA open day, you will discover all the finer points of heritage preservation: How does a restoration take place? What is dendrochronology? Do you have historical photos of my municipality? How do you X-ray a painting? How do you determine the composition of medieval paintings? And how can you tell the difference between an original work of art and a fake?
Our passionate restorers, art historians, chemists and photographers leave no question unanswered. Indulge yourself in the restoration workshops with a wide range of works of art, discover how radioactive particles reveal the age of an object, or how to visualise the invisible with ultraviolet or infrared light.
Info in Dutch or French


Measures COVID-19
Visit our Museums during corona

till 13-02-2022 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Tracks to Modernity

2021 will be a year of train-related anniversaries. For EUROPALIA, this is the perfect occasion to dedicate a festival to an invention that changed the world. EUROPALIA Trains & Tracks starts from the train's impact on society - both in the past and present - and works within various artistic disciplines around contemporary themes such as mobility, sustainability, technology and time.
The main exhibition of EUROPALIA 2021, presented at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, focuses on the train and its impact on modern artistic creation, from impressionism to surrealism.
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till 13-02-2022 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Fabrice Samyn
To see with ellipse

One can only be blown away by the powerful poetic dimension that emanates from Fabrice Samyn’s art. His work manages to put reality into perspective whilst shaking up our bearings. He invites the viewers to question the relationship with time, with the sacred, and with the spoken, and to embark on a sensory experience that is both intimate and spiritual.
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till 13-02-2022 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Rachel Labastie

Contemporary sculptress Rachel Labastie takes a critical stance towards the way modern society alienates our bodies and minds, both physically and mentally. She is a master of paradoxes, forever playing with the ambivalent meaning of the shapes. The material takes center stage in her work; loaded with personal and collective memories, it brings out her art in all its sensuality.
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till 13-02-2022 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Aimé Mpane

Aimé Mpane, one of the most important artists of African origin to this day, is as multidisciplinary in his practice as he is firmly focused on the future. His work combines the roughness of the so-called Primitive Arts - he handles wood (among other materials) with a small hatchet in a traditional way - deconstructing the past, to better reassemble its pieces in line with contemporary reality.
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till 06-03-2022 | AfricaMuseum

Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions.

The temporary exhibition recounts the now-forgotten history of persons put on display as ‘living exhibits’, illustrated by exceptional images and documents that in some cases are on public view for the first time. The museum invites its visitors to reflect on the impact of these ‘human zoos’. While the exhibition focuses on the ‘Congolese villages’ of Tervuren, Antwerp (1885 and 1894) and Brussels (1958), it also zooms out to show the phenomenon’s truly global context. Persons from all over the world were exhibited in ‘human zoos’, and some lost their lives in the West.
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till 29-05-2022 | Art & History Museum

Before Time Began
Aboriginal art from Australia

The Aboriginal world is wondrous and fascinating, full of secrets for the uninitiated. Australia's first inhabitants are the inheritors of the world's oldest continuous culture, dating back 65,000 years. However rich, this culture did not find expression in buildings, written texts or movable works of art. Ancient knowledge of the land was and is passed on from generation to generation, exclusively through oral tradition, during rituals and ceremonies. Central to this knowledge is the concept of the Dream.
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TILL 07-08-2022 | Museum of Natural Sciences

T. rex.
The most famous of dinosaurs

As you enter, you will have a spectacular face-to-face encounter with Trix, a 67-million-year-old femaleT. rex. Her skeleton, a 3D cast of high scientific quality, is simply breathtaking. It’s now time to get to know her. The exhibition includes 6 interactive displays to help you understand the work of the palaeontologists. A further 6 interactive displays allow you to learn more about the paleobiology of the T. rex in general. Enjoy the exhibition through 12 interactive stages: an electronic game, a microscope, videos, a quiz, and a variety of challenges! Especially designed for children aged 5 and above, this is a treat for all dinosaur fans!
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till 04-12-2022 | Halle Gate

Magical Theatres

The paper theatre, miniature theatre or table top theatre was once a source of pleasure for young and old. These days, it has sunk into oblivion. The "Magical Theatres" exhibition brings back to life the magical world of this toy, its fantastic colourful decors and its small paper actors. The Halle Gate opens the doors onto a world full of stories, from Shakespeare plays to the tales of the Grimm Brothers.
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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Bruegel. The Originals
Pieter Bruegel The Elder's masterpieces at the RMFAB

On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium celebrate the great Renaissance master through various projects.
At the Old Masters Museum, you can admire the original paintings of this iconic artist. They will introduce you to a whole cast of characters – sometimes peculiar, sometimes recognizable; but all masterpieces in their own right. In addition, you can discover about a dozen works by Bruegel’s sons and other followers, which allow you to further explore his brilliant artistic work.
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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 22-05-2022 till 31-08-2022 | KBR & MIM

Toots 100. The Sound of a Belgian Legend

On 29 April 2022, Toots Thielemans would have turned 100 years old. This Brussels native from the Marolles was an outstanding guitarist and one of the best harmonica players in the world. He played on stages all over the world. International stars such as Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee and Sting lined up to work with him. But no matter how far his international fame reached, Toots remained a Belgian at heart. With the exhibition “Toots 100. The Sound of a Belgian Legend” we pay tribute to Toots in his hometown Brussels.
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Virtual exhibitions


Birth, the virtual exhibition of Belspo
Science and Culture at the Royal Palace of Brussels

Unfortunately, the 2020 edition of the Science and Culture exhibition at the Royal Palace cannot take place in situ. However, Belspo devised an alternative but original route, adapted to the circumstances, through a virtual exhibition.
And why not? The Federal Scientific Institutions offer a route through a selection of works of art, objects or films on the theme of "Birth". They are followed by Sciensano, CINEMATEK, the National Geographical Institute (NGI) and two departments of Belspo.

Through the virtual exhibition Birth, the Federal Scientific Institutions (FWI) offer the general public the opportunity to explore a broad thematic framework, including works of art, natural specimens and phenomena, scientific research topics and archival documents or photographs.

The theme of birth and origin in the broadest sense is a recurring theme in many researchers working in sometimes very diverse fields, including astrophysicists, historians, archaeologists, biologists, doctors, geologists and palaeontologists. From their respective fields, they look at the theme of birth from their own specific point of view. How did the universe, heaven and earth come into being? How does a living being come to life? How do natural phenomena arise? What cultural practices are associated with birth and how do they understand it? Why are documents kept as birth certificates?
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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The RMFAB invite themselves into your home and help you escape the isolation! Discover here, alone or with the whole family, everything you need for a virtual journey through art history.
> Fine Arts at Home

Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

KIK-IRPA offers you the opportunity to discover all the works of Jan Van Eyck in high resolution, as well as a collection of more than 700,000 photos of Belgium's cultural heritage in free access.
BALaT, our online database
Discover the œuvre of Jan Van Eyck online

Royal Museums for Art and History

The KMKG-MRAH invites you to explore its collections.
Masterpieces online

Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM)
Take a look and discover the richness we would like to share with you from behind your screen
> A virtual visit to the MIM

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

If you can’t come to our Museum anymore during this lockdown (light), we have to bring the Museum to your living room!
> NaturalsciencesAtHome

Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM)
Take a look and discover the richness we would like to share with you from behind your screen
> A virtual visit to the MIM


The importance of digitising museum collections became even more apparent during the closure of museums due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Museum collections in 2D+ and 3D
Cast your eyes over a series of 27 collections on various themes relating to history and cultural anthropology.
Spotlight on the collections
Join us as we walk around the labs, offices and archives of the Royal Museum for Central Africa to meet the scientists who work here.
AfricaMuseum Podcast

Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy

Rather than adapting our environment, today we are learning to adapt ourselves. For the duration of the period of confinement, the Royal Belgian Institute is adapting its slogan from "Science between Heaven and Earth" to "Science between Heaven and Home". We'll be sharing with you the little things that brighten our days in our new life and work routines.
Science between heaven and home


Toutes les ressources électroniques et les collections numérisées de KBR consultables à distance.
Liste de toutes les ressources électroniques

Alle e-bronnen en gedigitaliseerde collecties van KBR nu van thuis uit raadpleegbaar
Lijst met alle beschikbare e-bronnen

DIGIT the Digitization Programme of the Belgian Science Policy

Preserving Belgium's rich cultural and scientific heritage and disclosing those valuable assets for researchers and the general public is important.
Explore the Collections