Halfway between sculpture and architecture, the Atomium was designed and built for the Brussels World's Fair (1958), for which it was the flagship building and emblem.
Representing an iron unit cell (9 iron atoms) magnified 165 billion times, the monument with its unique silhouette has, over time, grown to become the symbol of Brussels and Belgium.

On the inside the Atomium offers, not just the most beautiful view of Brussels, but also an entirely astounding and surreal ride through its interior spaces and volumes which alone makes a visit worth it.

In addition to its impressive architecture and heritage value, the Atomium is also a cultural place with the permanent exhibition Expo 58 and two temporary exhibitions ID – Symbol and View from my window.

> The Atomium ticket automatically includes the entrance to the Design Museum Brussels (150m away).
  • • Ring exit 8 
    • Underground Heysel line 6 (in front of Mini Europe)
    • Tram : Heysel line 7 (in front of Mini Europe)
  • 6 Heysel / Heizel
  • 7 Heysel / Heizel
  • Price

    Enfants: 18,70 € - Etudiants: 22,80 € - Normal: 29,40 € - Jeunes: 22,80 €

Renovated as a major national event between 2004 and 2006, the Atomium - which was not intended to survive Expo 58 for which it was the flagship construction - is today, with over 600,000 visitors per year, the most popular tourist attraction in the capital of Europe, an art center and an international symbol of Brussels and Belgium. - The combined Atomium ticket includes entrance to Mini-Europe and Design Museum Brussels (150m away) - The purchased ticket remains valid between 10am and 5.30pm of the chosen date, regardless of the time of booking. - The time of reservation on the ticket does not allow priority in the queue. - During holiday periods, waiting time in the queues might be longer due to higher visitor numbers. Wearing a mask is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended inside the monument.

  • Opening times

    21/06/2023 - 30/06/2024: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 16,00 € - Seniors: 14,00 € - Etudiants: 8,50 €

From 21 June, Quebec artist Ève Cadieux will take over a sphere of the Atomium – that emblematic witness to Expo 58 – to present her vision of the World’s Fairs that have left their mark on both North America and Europe. ‘I Have Seen the Future’*: a photographic installation, the mirror of an idealized future. Photographer Ève Cadieux’s fascination with World’s Fairs began not far from her home in Montreal. In 1967, before she was even born, her father was a regular visitor to the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in that city. At the time, he captured on slides fragments of a world with futuristic overtones. As a child, Ève Cadieux loved listening to the anecdotes her parents told and she even had the opportunity to visit the vestiges of Expo 67. While in Seville in 2015, Ève Cadieux suddenly decided to track down the traces of the World’s Fair held there in 1992. That is when she realized that her fascination went far beyond 1967 and Montreal. She threw herself into a project that she had been nurturing for many years: to go in search of architectural gems taken over by nature, abandoned exhibition sites, and pavilions that had been moved or repurposed. In her artistic approach, Ève Cadieux favours two approaches and becomes an "archaeologist-artist": either she focuses on the memorial object, or she looks at places in transition and their remains. ‘I Have Seen the Future’ ties in with this notion of transition. With each planned visit, Ève Cadieux gathers documentation. She knows that nothing lasts forever. She records, as if they were markers, these places which initially were destined to be dismantled once the lights had been turned off, so to speak. The artist’s installation was designed for the Atomium. Instead of simply hanging photographs on the walls, Ève Cadieux wanted to establish a dialogue with the architecture of this setting. The scenography gives pride of place to the marriage of light and the works. Of all the vestiges of World’s Fairs, the Atomium is one of the lucky ones. Its heritage value was recognized early on and it received funding from all levels of power in Belgium. It escaped demolition and was thoroughly renovated in 2006. The result: some 650,000 visitors per year and an opportunity to enjoy unbeatable views of Brussels. This photographic installation is also an opportunity to see Ève Cadieux’s uncompromising view of a universal phenomenon. *’I Have Seen the Future’ is the slogan that appeared on the pins of the Futurama exhibit and ride at the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair.