Atomium

THE SYMBOL OF BELGIUM AND BRUSSELS

The Atomium was designed and built for the Brussels World's Fair in 1958 and holds the middle ground between sculpture and architecture. Representing an iron crystal (with 9 atoms) enlarged 165 billion times, the monument, with its unique silhouette, has over time become the symbol of Brussels and Belgium.

The Atomium not only offers the most beautiful view of Brussels, but also surprises its visitors with permanent and temporary exhibitions and installations that make it, year after year, one of the main attractions in the capital of Europe.

THE MAGIC OF ARCHITECTURE, THE JOYS OF CULTURE

Permanently available:
- a surrealist walk through tubes and spheres
- the most beautiful panorama (360°) of Brussels and its surroundings (92m)
- a panoramic restaurant with a 100% Belgian menu (95m)
- a permanent exhibition on the history of the building
- a shop brimming with original gifts

Temporary events (2023):
- RESTART. A digital experience, immersing you in sound & light.
- I have seen the future - Ève Cadieux. A photographic installation that exhibits the remains of the World’s Fairs throughout history.
- the Atomium ticket includes entrance to 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

A gigantic work of art built for the 1958 Brussels Universal Exhibition, the Atomium represents an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. Don't miss this main attraction in the heart of the capital, which has become a national symbol.

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  • Opening times

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

  • Price

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

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.

  • Opening times

    09/03/2024 - 05/01/2025: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Etudiants: 25,00 € - Enfants: 20,40 € - Normal: 32,20 € - Seniors: 30,50 € - Jeunes: 25,00 €

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.