17-09-2021 | Online event

Study day: Linked Open Data for cultural heritage

Want to get started with Linked Open Data for cultural heritage? Find out how to open up your collections or share your research. This online study day will help you start making the transition from siloed databases to Linked Open Data.
The morning presentations will highlight numerous benefits and potential uses of Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives, Museums, Heritage and Research Institutes. The afternoon sessions will focus on the practice of data modelling and making your cultural heritage data LOUD (Linked Open Usable Data) and visible.
Registration is free but mandatory.
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18-09-2021 & 22-11-2021 | evenT (in French)

Les Rendez-vous au Planétarium

Que vous rêviez de sonder les profondeurs du cosmos, de survoler les planètes de notre système solaire ou d’ être bercé par les histoires mythologiques des constellations, les «montreurs d’ êtoiles» du Planétarium seront à votre écoute et choisiront avec vous les thèmes les plus sollicités ou accessibles au plus grand nombre. Une occasion exceptionnelle d’admirer l’univers virtuel du planétarium numérique: soyez le cinéaste de cette avant-soirée!
Durée: ± 2h
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09-10-2021 & 18-12-2021 | evenT (in Dutch)

Rendez-vous met de sterren in het Planetarium

Kijk je graag naar de nachtelijke sterrenhemel maar loop je een beetje verloren tussen al die sterren? Dan zit je goed op onze rendez-vous avond. Met behulp van de oneindige mogelijkheden van de digitale sterrenprojectie, zullen we je wegwijs maken in ons prachtige universum. Droom je ervan om de diepten van de kosmos op te zoeken of wil je simpelweg wegdromen bij de mythologische verhalen van de sterrenbeelden?
Onze “Sterrengids” van de avond zal trachten ieders nieuwsgierigheid te beantwoorden.
Duur: ± 2u
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24-09-2021 > 25-09-2021 | Evenement

Event shows a career in science is exciting for all

‘WiseNight’ event organisers highlight gender gap in science and tech —more girls need to be encouraged that a career in scientific research is for them.
Leading organisations from across Belgium are coming together in a public event to celebrate science and show children and young people - particularly girls - that scientific research is an exciting and realistic career opportunity for them. ‘WiseNight’, a free event, will be held in Brussels from 24-25 September 2021.
WiseNight, the initiative of seven organisations including The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and The Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, is coordinated by BeWiSe (Belgian Women in Science). It seeks to close the gender gap and help achieve a world where female and male scientists are on an equal footing. It is part of the ‘European Researchers’ Night’, taking place simultaneously across Europe.
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19-10-2021 | Symposium BRAIN-be

Brain-be project NAMED

Symposium on urban health.
The University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in collaboration with Belspo, Innoviris and the research partners (UCLouvain, Sciensano, KULeuven, INBO, UHasselt) invite you to the Symposium "Urban Health Brussels".
In this symposium, the two research projects Green & Quiet (financed by Innoviris) and NAMED  (financed by Belspo) present the measured and perceived impact of the Brussels environment on health and well-being.
When? On 19 October 2021, from 9h-13h.
Where? The event takes place on the VUB campus with an online option.
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09-11-2021 | RICH Talk (in French)

Poliations ou conquêtes artistiques? Les saisies révolutionnaires françaises et les demandes de restitution
avec l'historien de l'art Pierre-Yves Kairis.

Depuis une trentaine d'années, divers hommes politiques ont tenté de faire ressortir le dossier des spoliations artistiques françaises de 1794-1795, afin de réclamer à la France la restitution de l'un ou l'autre des chefs-d’œuvre de notre pays qui avaient été emportés à Paris avant d'être dispersés dans les musées français de province. C'est dans ce contexte que la secrétaire d'Etat à la Politique scientifique a demandé au conférencier un rapport historique détaillé sur le déroulement des faits à cette époque. Dans la foulée, la secrétaire d'Etat a requis de l'IRPA un inventaire scientifique détaillé des peintures et des sculptures saisies par les Français. Toutes ces démarches conduisent à se poser l'inévitable question, fort à la mode aujourd'hui, des éventuelles restitutions: faut-il ouvrir la boîte de Pandore pour tenter de réécrire l'histoire?
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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 15-10-2021 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Henri Evenepoel at the Fin-de-Siècle Museum

This exhibition will highlight the work on paper of the Belgian artist Henri Evenepoel throughout several themes. Thanks to his talent for drawing, a skill that he had already discovered as a child and that almost became an obsession. This resulted in thousands of works, from quick sketches to more elaborate drawings. Silhouettes of passers-by, city scenes, portraits of unsuspecting family members, nothing escaped his watchful eye.
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Till 31-12-2021 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Origami for Life
Installation by Charles Kaisin

Belgian designer Charles Kaisin sets more than 20.000 paper birds free in the great hall of the RMFAB with his «Origami for life» installation. This monumental installation - 5 meters high by 16 meters long - is an artwork that was built within a co-creation process back in March 2020. During the first lockdown, Charles Kaisin invited the public to make origamis and send them over to him. For each collected origami, patrons would financially chip in to support the scientific research against Covid-19.
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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 15-10-2021 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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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 15-10-2021 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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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 15-10-2021 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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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 15-10-2021 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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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 22-10-2021 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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- 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