04-12-2022 | HalLE GATE

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas is back! And as is customary, he will open the doors of his castle to all good little boys and girls. You can't miss him: just go up the stairs and then take the first door on the left. that's where you will find him sitting on his throne in front of the big fireplace. Maybe you'll have to wait a little it, but that's fine because you can check out the beautiful old toys that his helpers will bring out especially for the occasion. And don't forget your treats on the way out!
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04-12-2022 | HalLE GATE

Open ATELIER Ouvert

Do you know the adventures of Puss in Boots, Aladdin or Sleeping Beauty? About 100 years ago, children performed these and other stories in their own living rooms. No television or tablet for these boys and girls, no: with scissors, glue and paper, they built the most fantastic paper theatres and other toys together with their parents. And now it's your turn!
Every first Sunday of the month, join us at the open ATELIER ouvert table where a museum educator will help you make your own toys with paper, cardboard, felt, paint and, well, anything really! We create something different every month.
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08-12-2022 | Planetarium

ESO Belgian Day

This year, The European Southern Observatory (ESO) celebrates its 60th anniversary. On this occasion, an ESO Belgian Day is organized at the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium on Thursday 8 December 2022.
The event will bring together astronomers, ESO representatives, master and engineer students, industries and general public in a day and evening long series of talks, networking opportunities, streaming and live presentations.
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09-12-2022 | Art & History Museum

Antony Gormley & Diana Campbell in conversation

The Art & History Museum is pleased to announce Antony Gormley as the first speaker of their Art & History Lectures. This new lecture series aims to give leading international artists and researchers a platform to share their ideas about and views on art and history.
On the occasion of his lecture at the museum, Antony Gormley will be joined for a conversation with Diana Campbell, chief curator of Dhaka Art Summit and artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation in Bangladesh.
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till 15-01-2023 | Museum Art and History

Shin hanga - The new prints of Japan (1900-1960)

The Shin hanga exhibition (14/10/2022 – 15/01/2023) will feature no less than 220 Japanese prints from two private collections in the Netherlands, as well as sketches, studies and prints from the collection of the grandson of the publisher Watanabe. Next to these works, the visitors will find a selection of Shin hanga prints from the rich collection of the Art & History Museum.
The Shin hanga (literally « new prints ») art movement was a revival of traditional printmaking (ukiyo‑e) in the early 20th century. The publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962), noting the decline in xylographic production due to competition from new imported techniques such as photography and lithography, was the movement's greatest promoter.
He gathered around him artists whose drawings were printed using traditional woodblock printing techniques.
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till 12-02-2023 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Miradas de Mujeres – Isabelle de Borchgrave X Frida Kahlo

Miradas de Mujeres (Women’s Gaze) is an exhibition that highlights the view of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave on Frida Kahlo. Miradas de Mujeres honours a dialogue between two women who have never met – one being born shortly before the death of the other – but who nevertheless share their love of fabric, patterns and colours; a women's perspective on the artist’s role in society. 
Isabelle de Borchgrave took almost three years to create Miradas de Mujeres, a titanic work painted by hand. By using more than 4 kilometers of paper and cardboard she created dresses, carpets, furniture, trees and other elements recreating the unique universe of Frida Kahlo and her iconic house, the Casa Azul (The Blue House). 
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till 12-02-2023 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Jean-Pierre Ghysels

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium dedicate an exhibition to Jean-Pierre Ghysels (Uccle, 1932), a Belgian sculptor who studied with Zadkine at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. The exhibition will give the public the opportunity to discover a series of sculptures made of the artist's two favourite materials, beaten copper and bronze, works which, even when small in size, surprise us with their monumentality and sensuality.
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till 22-02-2023 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Picasso & Abstraction

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in close collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, are devoting a unique exhibition to Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) next fall. The two institutions are decrypting a theme that has never been explored before: for the very first time, Picasso's relationship with abstraction will be brought to light, through more than one hundred and twenty exceptional works.
The exhibition will address the major stages that marked the links between Picasso's work and the history of abstract art, from the first Cubist experiments of 1907, carried out on the fringes of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, to his later work, which is sometimes situated on the borders of action painting. This surprising relationship, made up of small advances, retreats and backward steps, will be presented in the subtle chronological and thematic course of the exhibition, revealing the artist's pendulum movement between abstraction and the figurative over the decades.
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till 22-02-2023 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Prune Nourry
Erogene Amazone

The Great Hall of the Royal Museums will host a monumental work by the multidisciplinary artist Prune Nourry (Paris, 1985), a rising figure in international contemporary art. L'Amazone Érogène (Arc) (2020), which was shown for the first time at the Bon Marché Rive Gauche Paris in 2021, is a work directly linked to her personal battle against breast cancer and is inspired by the mythological figure of the Amazons.
In addition to the magnificent installation in the Forum, Prune Nourry will take over room 54 to present a selection of works that reveal the extent of her talent.
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till 05-03-2023 | Africa museum

Europa, Oxalá

Europa, Oxalá presents the work of twenty-one European artists and intellectuals whose families came from former colonies. These ‘children of empire’, born and raised in a postcolonial context, offer reflections on their heritage, memory, and identity. Their parents and grandparents were born and lived in Congo, Angola, Guinea, Benin, Algeria, Madagascar – and these artists inherited not just voices, sounds, and gestures, but also images and memories of their cultures of origin, the starting point for extensive research in historical archives. As a result, their artistic production harbours a fresh approach to racism, the decolonisation of the arts, and the deconstruction of colonial thought. The manner in which some of them combine contemporary language with traditional processes is an essential contribution to the Europe of today.
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till 04-06-2023 | 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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till 30-07-2023 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Our collection in question

As part of the Museum in Questions campaign launched in the autumn of 2021, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are keen to participate in the debate surrounding current social matters. Two exhibition rooms contextualise two burning topics for museums around the world: by shedding scientific light on the questions of colonialism and diversity, on the one hand, and the problem of the restitution of cultural goods looted during the Second World War, on the other, the Royal Museums aims to be a laboratory for reflection that will enable us to participate in the construction of the museum of tomorrow, by insisting on how scientific research, one of the museum's primordial missions, can contribute to the contemporary debate.
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till 13-08-2023 | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences


What is light? How does it affect our day-to-day? How does it influence life? In this totally original game-based exhibition, light is explored from every angle – physical, biological, technical and sociological.
LUMINOPOLIS is an original and captivating concept, a race against the clock with a choice of 10, 14 or 18 puzzles to solve as a team. Equipped with a tablet to activate the game stations, get hints and enter your answers. A great way to explore the vast theme of light through play.
Designed for teenagers, (young) adults and children over the age of six (starting the 4th grade for school visits).
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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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Virtual exhibitions


Ensuring the Future
Science & Culture at the Royal Palace of Brussels 2022

Entitled "Ensuring the Future", the expo showcase a work of art, an artifact, a scientific instrument or a model from each participant that symbolises the objectives of these institutions to strive for a better tomorrow. A selection of photos illustrating the mission of each institution will complete their presentation and provide a representative image to the public, while raising awareness of the importance of the Belgian Science Policy at the national and international level.

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