Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Rue de la Régence 3 Regentschapsstraat - 1000 Brussels

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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

  • Railway station at 500 m
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General

General

  • B-Excursions
  • Passeport
  • Magritte Museum: the world's largest collection of works by the Belgian surrealist
  • Fin-de-Siècle Museum: Ensor, Khnopff, Spilliaert and all the atmosphere of Brussels in the late 1900's
  • Old Masters Museum: 15th to 18th-century masterpieces by Bruegel, Rubens, David, etc.
  • Modern Museum (curators' choice): a hand-picked selection of the finest 20th and 21st-century works.
Practical information

Practical information

Information for individuals

  • Opening times
    Monday (Magritte Museum) to Friday: 10.00 - 17.00 • Weekends: 11.00 - 18.00 • Closed Mondays (Fin-de-Siècle, Old Masters and Modern Museums) and 2nd Thursday of January - 01/01 - 01/05 - 01/11 - 11/11 and 25/12
  • Price
    adults €8 - 65+ €6 - students / children (<26) / disabled / unemployed (with valid ID): €3 • Free on every first Wednesday of the month from 13.00 • Combined tickets with Magritte Museum: adults €15 - 65+ €10 - (<26) €5 - (<19) : free
  • Guided tour

    Audio guide: €4 (EN, FR, NL, DE, ES, IT) • Pocket guide: Fin-de-Siècle and Old Masters: €4 (EN, FR, NL) • Quotes from Magritte: €4 (EN, FR, NL, DE, ES)

  • Tour length

    Min. 1 1/2 hrs

Information for groups

  • Price
    Per group (15 people): adults €180 / WE €200 - schools €105 / WE €115 • Visits EN, DE, ES, IT, RU, JA, EL : + €12.50 (15 pers.)
  • Guided tour
    With official Museum guides only in EN, FR, NL, DE, ES, IT, RU, JA, EL and sign language • reservation@fine-arts-museum.be • Tel. 02/508.33.33 (Tue-Fri, 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00)
  • Information
    "Made to Measure" visits: Comet (people with a mental or physical disability), Equinox (the blind and visually impaired), Sign Language (the deaf and hearing impaired), Sesame (ocial and socio-cultural associations)
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Map

Itinerary

  • By train: Central Station • Metro: Lines 1-5 ("Parc" or "Gare Centrale" station) • Tram: Lines 92 - 94 ("Royale" stop) • Bus: Lines 27 - 38 - 71 - 95 ("Royale" stop): Lines 29 - 63 - 65 - 66 ("Parc" or "Gare Centrale" stop) • Car parks: Albertine (Rue des Sols Place de la Justice) - Deux Portes (Rue de Namur Boulevard de Waterloo) - Poelaert (Place Poelaert)
Events

Events

  • 2019
    Sep
    15
    2020
    Sep
    15
    BRUEGEL. The Originals
    BRUEGEL. The Originals
    • Opening times

      15/09/2019 - 15/09/2020: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

    BRUEGEL. The Originals 450 years after his death, Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s masterpieces still speak to our imagination. The Renaissance master was an astute observer of his world and time; the rich, fascinating and tumultuous sixteenth century. Bruegel's artistic career was short - he died around the age of 40. Today only about forty of his paintings have been preserved, making them extremely rare and valuable. After Vienna, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium hold the second largest collection of paintings by Bruegel the Elder in the world. 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. A Bruegel family trail ("Destination Bruegel"), especially created for this anniversary, takes young and old on a quest through the Museum, exploring the artworks by Bruegel and some of his predecessors with hand-on activities. You are also plunged into Bruegel's universe through a range of digital experiences, including the immersive "Bruegel Box", to which two new videos about the winter scenes at the RMFAB were added for this occasion. A new audio route through the Old Masters Museum is also mapped out. With 15 listening points and a visitor's guide, (re)discover the original Bruegel works, but also the sources of inspiration and the followers of the Renaissance master. https://www.fine-arts-museum.be/en/exhibitions/bruegel-the-originals

  • 2019
    Oct
    11
    2020
    Feb
    09
    Chiharu Shiota - Me Somewhere Else
    Chiharu Shiota - Me Somewhere Else
    • Opening times

      11/10/2019 - 09/02/2020: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 10,00 € - Groupe: 8,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Jeunes: 0,00 € - Senior: 8,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 3,00 €

    The artist combines performance, body art and installation in a process that places the body at its center. Her protean artistic practice explores the notions of temporality, movement, memory and dream; and requires both the mental and physical involvement of the spectator. Chiharu Shiota's highly acclaimed participation in the Venice Biennale, where she represented Japan in 2015, confirmed the international scope of her work. Presented in the Bernheim room, Me Somewhere Else (2018), a work of great visual strength, occupies a very special place in the artist's production. Shiota talks about her fight against her illness, and the certainty that her mind will survive her body. "Before I was diagnosed with cancer I thought that if I die, everything about me is going to die; I am going to die, but now I know only my body dies - not my mind. My mind remains somewhere else." Born in Osaka, Japan in 1972, Chiharu Shiota has lived and worked in Berlin since 1997. In recent years, the artist has been exhibited worldwide, including at the New Museum of Jakarta, Indonesia, the SCAD Museum of Art, United States, the K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, and the Smithsonian, Washington DC. In 2018, she exhibited at the Kyoto Museum and, in 2019, at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. With the support of Black Flag

  • 2019
    Oct
    11
    2020
    Feb
    09
    Dalí & Magritte
    Dalí & Magritte
    • Opening times

      11/10/2019 - 09/02/2020: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

    In the spring of 1929, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte meet in Paris, surrounded by the great names of the artistic avant-garde. In August of the same year, at Dalí's invitation, Magritte travels to Cadaqués, the Spanish painter's home base. This surrealist summer - which also includes visits by Éluard, Miró and Buñuel - will prove decisive. Dalí and Magritte both aim to challenge reality, question our gaze and shake up our certainties. The Catalan and the Belgian show a fascinating proximity, despite their very different creations and personalities, which would eventually lead them to drift apart. The exhibition reveals the personal, philosophical and aesthetic links between these two iconic artists through more than 80 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, films and archival objects.

  • 2019
    Nov
    24
    2019
    Nov
    24
    The Magritte Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary!
    The Magritte Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary!

    Since its opening in 2009, the Magritte Museum has welcomed more than 3 million international visitors. And you? Discover the new art selection of the Magritte Museum - which has the largest collection of works by the famous Belgian surrealist - and celebrate this anniversary with us on 24 November 2019! FREE ACCESS TO THE MAGRITTE MUSEUM Discover René Magritte's paintings, gouaches, drawings, sculptures, painted objects, but also advertising posters, musical scores, photographs and films! A new selection of works is on offer, as well as the installation of contemporary artist Nicolas Party. ACTIVITIES Guided tours, creative workshops, Strike a Pose and many other activities await you, whether you are young or old! PERFORMANCES ECHO, a hybrid performance composed of light and sound, proposes another way to look at the works of this major 20th century artist and to experience the exhibition spaces. Their universe is close to that of Magritte's: through their reflections on the image, the perception of things as well as our relationship to reality. Le Geste qui sauve offers an original performance, specifically designed for the museum's spaces. The Compagnie du Réverbère, a group of six actors from the Royal Conservatory, offers you a multidisciplinary stage. They bring together Theatre, Poetry, Art and Museum to question the relationship of the individual to work or the decline of our democracies. The Grande Droguerie Poétique and its mobile laboratory are set up on Place Royale to fill you with delightful thoughts and poetic debates. Everyone will find something to bring them joy, stimulate their imagination or reveal their most hidden desires... If Magritte was... : writing and drawing workshops led by Chloé Schuiten, Aliette Griz and Elisabeth Woronoff (Les Midis de la Poésie). Under the High Patronage of their Majesties the King and Queen In partnership with Les Midis de la Poésie and Made to Meausure With the support of ENGIE and ENGIE Foundation

  • 2020
    Mar
    27
    2020
    Aug
    16
    Sean Scully
    Sean Scully
    • Opening times

      27/03/2020 - 16/08/2020: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 10:00 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00

    Sean Scully is known above all for his highly expressive abstract paintings of colorful stripes or rectangles. But it is an entirely new side of this artist that comes to light in a work series presented at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

  • 2020
    Mar
    27
    2020
    Aug
    16
    Ai Weiwei
    Ai Weiwei
    • Opening times

      27/03/2020 - 16/08/2020: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: closed

    Ai Weiwei is today one of the world’s most internationally influential artists, known for the vast scale of his works and for his sense of staging. Each of his interventions receives extensive media coverage worldwide. Through art, Ai Weiwei opens up debates about contemporary issues in society. His works demonstrate his commitment to individual freedom.

  • 2020
    Oct
    16
    2021
    Jan
    17
    Hans Op de Beeck
    Hans Op de Beeck
    • Opening times

      16/10/2020 - 17/01/2021: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: closed

    Hans Op de Beeck develops a mysterious universe with his drawings and watercolours and his magnificent films playing on the illusion of image. Hans Op de Beeck, who works in Brussels and Gooik, has been one of our best artists playing videos, sculptures, drawings and immersive installations to take us on beautiful and disturbing journeys.