BELvue Museum

Place des Palais 7 Paleizenplein - 1000 Brussels

BELvue Museum

  • Railway station at 500 m
  • Maestro
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  • Bicycle friendly
General

General

  • Passeport
The BELvue is the no. 1 museum for learning about Belgium and its history.

Fully renovated in 2016, the museum sheds light on Belgium via seven contemporary themes and a gallery of 200 Belgian objects. Combining a strong exhibition design with artful displays and a gallery full of surprising objects, the BELvue showcases Belgium's history with a contemporary twist. Located in a magnificent eighteenth-century building adjoining the Royal Palace, the museum immerses you in Belgium, with all the fascinating aspects it entails. It's Belgian culture in the broadest sense of the term!

Play tours are available for children aged 3 years and over.
The BELvue Museum is also home to temporary exhibitions and organises numerous activities.
Practical information

Practical information

Information for individuals

  • Opening times
    From Tuesday to Friday: 9.30 - 17.00 • Weekends, July, August and school holidays (Belgiumà) 10.00 - 18.00 • Closed on Mondays, 01/01 and 25/12
  • Price
    BELvue: adults €7 - 65+ €6 - youngsters (18-25) / unemployed / disabled €5 - children (<18) free of charge • BELvue + Coudenberg: adults €12 - 65+ €10 - youngsters (18-25) / unemployed / disabled €8 - children (<18) free of charge
  • Guided tour

    Audioguide in EN, FR, NL, DE • Restaurant • Summer terrace • Shop

  • Tour length

    1 1/2 hrs

Information for groups

  • Price
    (min. 15 people) BELvue €6 - BELvue + Coudenberg €10 • School groups: free of charge
  • Guided tour
    Audio guide in EN, FR, NL, DE • Subject to prior booking: guided tours / educational tours for schoolchildren
  • Information
    www.belvue.be > prepare your tour > groups • groups@belvue.be
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Map

Itinerary

  • In the centre of Brussels, next to the Royal Palace, near Central Station, Porte de Namur, Park and Sablon
Events

Events

  • 2016
    Jul
    21
    2022
    Dec
    31
    Understanding Belgium: permanent exhibition at BELvue museum!
    Understanding Belgium: permanent exhibition at BELvue museum!
    • Opening times

      21/07/2016 - 31/12/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 7,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Senior: 6,00 € - Groupe: 6,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 €

    Seven contemporary themes are addressed in the rooms: democracy, prosperity, solidarity, pluralism, migration, language and Europe. Each team is firstly presented from the perspective of the present day, then subsequently developed and explained through the history of Belgium. How did Belgium and the Belgians become what they are today? The galleries, with an excess of 200 objects, help to fill in the dotted lines and make the picture more complete. The objects, displayed chronologically from the nineteenth century to the present, make up what could be seen as Belgium’s “material memory”. Visitors can admire a lithograph by Magritte, crystal vases by Val Saint-Lambert, a Gilles de Binche carnival costume, and the first four-stroke motorcycle, among others. It’s an eclectic collection of everyday tools, artwork and design, scientific inventions, artefacts evoking Belgium’s rich folk culture, and so much more. Combining a strong exhibition design with artful displays and a gallery full of surprising objects, the BELvue showcases Belgium’s history with a contemporary twist. Located in a magnificent eighteenth-century building adjoining the Royal Palace, the museum immerses you in Belgium, with all the fascinating aspects it entails. It’s Belgian culture in the broadest sense of the term!

  • 2017
    Jun
    01
    2022
    Dec
    31
    Democracity
    Democracity
    • Price

      Groupe: 50,00 €

    Le workshop Democracity est un jeu de rôles : les participants, en petits groupes, forment un parti politique et établissent un programme. En discutant et en argumentant avec les autres partis, les participants construisent une ville. Ils doivent défendre leurs priorités, et tenir compte des réalités budgétaires. Chacun expérimente donc les contraintes et les enjeux de la démocratie représentative, tout en en apprenant plus sur le fonctionnement de nos institutions. Democracity peut être organisé sur demande pour les associations, organisations de jeunes, groupes de seniors,… Le workshop dure une demi-journée et coûte 50€ pour le groupe. Le service éducatif peut également former des animateurs d’associations, qui pourront ensuite utiliser les locaux du BELvue gratuitement pour effectuer le workshop Democracity. Plus d’informations et réserver, prenez directement contact avec le service éducatif : Violeta Montana.

  • 2017
    Sep
    01
    2022
    Dec
    31
    Le tour du BELvue
    Le tour du BELvue
    • Opening times

      01/09/2017 - 31/12/2022: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Groupe: 6,00 € - Jeunes: 0,00 €

    Les participants découvrent d'abord en petits groupes une salle thématique du musée et présentent, à la manière d’un guide, le résultat de leur visite au reste du groupe. Débute ensuite le « Tour du BELvue » ! Répartis en plusieurs équipes, les participants jouent à un grand quiz original et deviennent de véritables experts de la Belgique et son histoire. Le tour du BELvue est une visite très interactive où chacun découvre le contenu du musée à sa manière. La dynamique du jeu provoque l'échange et l'amusement au sein du groupe. DEUX POSSIBILITÉS DE VISITE: - en autonomie → L'accompagnateur du groupe doit préparer à l'avance l'activité et l'encadrer pendant la visite au BELvue. Un dossier pédagogique est disponible sur www.belvue.be - gratuit - avec un animateur du BELvue → dates sur demande - 50€ Plusieurs versions du Tour du BELvue ont été développées, dont une version pour les apprenants en français (FLE).

  • 2018
    May
    19
    2022
    Dec
    31
    La Belgique en 1 minute
    La Belgique en 1 minute
    • Opening times

      19/05/2018 - 31/12/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Jeunes: 0,00 €

    Toi aussi, tu joues à la Belgique en 1 minute ? Dans chaque salle, une vidéo t’explique ce qu’il y a à voir. Fais bien attention, car tu devras ensuite relever un défi. Si tu y arrives en moins d’une minute, tu marques des points ! Comment ça marche : 1. Télécharge sur ton smartphone l’application OJOO (disponible gratuitement sur AppStore et GooglePlay) 2. Cherche ensuite dans OJOO « La Belgique en 1 minute » 3. Lance la vidéo, et c’est parti ! Et aussi : il y a le WiFi gratuit au musée, et l’entrée est gratuite pour les -18 ans. On t’attend !!

  • 2019
    Apr
    26
    2022
    Dec
    31
    Mimi & Momo: play tour (3-5 years old)
    Mimi & Momo: play tour (3-5 years old)
    • Opening times

      26/04/2019 - 31/12/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 7,00 € - Enfants: 1,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Senior: 6,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 € - Groupe: 6,00 €

    Children never get bored at BELvue! Visitors of all ages are able to enjoy the museum in their own way. No more long hours of trailing behind your parents without understanding a single word... Mimi & Momo need you! Help Mimi to find the objects hidden in the museum. As for Momo, he only recognises black, yellow and red. Can you show him all of the colours? An adventure through Belgium and its history with plenty of things to see and touch! For children between 3 and 5 years old, accompanied by an adult Price : 1 €/child excl. entrance (free entrance for

  • 2019
    Apr
    26
    2022
    Dec
    31
    On the road with Zeno:  play tour (9-12 years old)
    On the road with Zeno: play tour (9-12 years old)
    • Opening times

      26/04/2019 - 31/12/2022: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 7,00 € - Enfants: 1,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Senior: 6,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 € - Groupe: 6,00 €

    Children never get bored at BELvue! Visitors of all ages are able to enjoy the museum in their own way. No more long hours of trailing behind your parents without understanding a single word... Zeno the explorer is passing through Belgium! Accompany him on his trip. Climb on board his periscope van and explore all aspects of the country. History, culture, economy, etc.: Belgium will hold (almost) no more secrets for you! For children between 9 and 12 years old, accompanied by an adult Price : 1 €/child excl. entrance (free entrance for

  • 2019
    Aug
    07
    2019
    Oct
    06
    Les enfants de la résistance
    Les enfants de la résistance
    • Opening times

      07/08/2019 - 06/10/2019: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:30 to 18:00

    • Price

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

    La Fête de la BD et les Éditions du Lombard vous proposent une exposition tirée de la série Les Enfants de la Résistance de Benoît Ers et Vincent Dugomier. Ludique et adaptée à un jeune public (8-12 ans), l’exposition explique de manière didactique les grands thèmes liés à la Seconde Guerre mondiale et la Résistance en France et en Belgique. Un jeu de piste propose aux enfants d’entrer dans la peau d’un résistant : au fil de l’exposition, ils devront élucider des énigmes pour parvenir à faire passer un aviateur allié en Angleterre. Un jeu de piste propose aux enfants d’entrer dans la peau d’un résistant : au fil de l’exposition, les visiteurs devront élucider des énigmes pour parvenir à faire passer un pilote allié en Angleterre.

  • 2019
    Aug
    29
    2019
    Oct
    28
    De Bouche à oreille - Doorfluistertje - workshops
    De Bouche à oreille - Doorfluistertje - workshops
    • Price

      Normal: 7,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Senior: 6,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 € - Groupe: 6,00 €

    De bouche à oreille – Doorfluistertje is a participative performance project where the dynamic of the Chinese whispers game is used in a poetic and multilingual manner. The idea: someone whispers something in your ear in a language you don’t understand, and you have to repeat what you have heard… This interaction lets people overcome the fear of the unknown and allows the transformation of the concept ‘error’ in an opportunity to create a new and original relationship. The company Medeber Teatro has organized a series of workshops with persons of different ages and in several languages. The visitors of the BELvue museum are also invited to take part in the experiment during a couple of afternoons in August and October. The performances are being filmed and the films will be presented from 21st of October until the 10t of November 2019 in an exhibition at the BELvue museum. De bouche à oreille – Doorfluistertje is a project of the company Medeber Teatro in collaboration with La Concertation, vzw AIF+, URCA, Maison des Cultures of Saint-Gilles and the festival SuperVliegSuperMouche.

  • 2019
    Sep
    13
    2019
    Sep
    22
    Tintin's Son
    Tintin's Son
    • Opening times

      13/09/2019 - 22/09/2019: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:30 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 0,00 €

    The exhibition Tintin’s Son evokes the atmosphere of the Belgian ghost-town Doel and of Rwanda, through original drawings by Jeroen Janssen. Winner of the Adhemar Prize in 2018, this Belgian author presents, through his sketchbooks, not only a real treasure but also a kind of laboratory. You will see, in tiny detail, the different pieces of evidence he has gathered during his research, all accompanied by sketches. A co-production: the Comic Strip Festival (visit.brussels), Stripgids and the BELvue Museum.

  • 2019
    Sep
    29
    2019
    Sep
    29
    Family Day
    Family Day
    • Price

      Normal: 7,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Senior: 6,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 € - Groupe: 6,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 €

    Come to BELvue for Family Day on Sunday, 29 September! Visit the BELvue Museum and explore the Children of the Resistance exhibition, complete a treasure hunt or two, create your own comic-strip badge, make music with baby and play with words in our 'Typothecary's shop'! Programme: Welcome! Get ready to be welcomed as a VIV – a Very Important Visitor! Our very special doorman has a number of surprises for you. BELvue Museum visit – 3-16 years old Treasure hunts: Mimi & Momo 3-5 years old I'm the minister! 6-8 years old On the road with Zeno 9-12 years old Belgium in 1 minute 12-16 years old •Self-guided visit •Throughout the day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. "Children of the Resistance exhibition" – 8-12 years old "The young resistance fighter" treasure hunt •Self-guided visit •Throughout the day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Comic-strip-badge workshop – all ages Pick your favourite comic-strip character and make your own personalised badge! •Throughout the day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The roaming musician – all ages Listen! Can you hear that? It's an itinerant musician roaming the museum with his instruments! Take the opportunity to play a little tune or do a little dance with him! •At 11.45 a.m., 12.45 p.m. and 1.45 p.m. •Duration: 45 mins Early-learning music workshop – 0-3 years old Déborah introduces little ones to songs, nursery rhymes and rhythms from Belgium and elsewhere. The workshop is in both French and Dutch because languages are a form of music too, aren't they? •From 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. •Duration: 50 mins •Registration is required: www.belvue.be •Max. 12 couples: 1 parent + 1 child Typothecary's shop – from 7 years old Have a look round the Typothecary's shop! Our two typothecaries concoct potions and compose poems based on letters, words, a dash of magic and some clever mechanics. You'll be astonished by the results they conjure up! •From 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., in the museum's 'Language' room

  • 2019
    Sep
    29
    2019
    Sep
    29
    Early-learning music workshop
    Early-learning music workshop
    • Price

      Normal: 7,00 € - Groupe: 6,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 € - Senior: 6,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 €

    Déborah introduces little ones to songs, nursery rhymes and rhythms from Belgium and elsewhere. The workshop is in both French and Dutch because languages are a form of music too, aren't they? •Duration: 50 mins •Registration is required: www.belvue.be •Max. 12 couples: 1 parent + 1 child

  • 2019
    Oct
    21
    2019
    Nov
    10
    De Bouche à oreille - Doorfluistertje - exhibition
    De Bouche à oreille - Doorfluistertje - exhibition
    • Opening times

      21/10/2019 - 10/11/2019: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 0,00 €

    De bouche à oreille – Doorfluistertje is a participative performance project where the dynamic of the Chinese whispers game is used in a poetic and multilingual manner. The idea: someone whispers something in your ear in a language you don’t understand, and you have to repeat what you have heard… This interaction lets people overcome the fear of the unknown and allows the transformation of the concept ‘error’ in an opportunity to create a new and original relationship. The company Medeber Teatro has organized a series of workshops with persons of different ages and in several languages. The visitors of the BELvue museum are also invited to take part in the experiment during a couple of afternoons in August and October. The performances are being filmed and the films will be presented from 21st of October until the 10t of November 2019 in an exhibition at the BELvue museum. De bouche à oreille – Doorfluistertje is a project of the company Medeber Teatro in collaboration with La Concertation, vzw AIF+, URCA, Maison des Cultures of Saint-Gilles and the festival SuperVliegSuperMouche.

  • 2019
    Oct
    25
    2020
    Jan
    05
    Dotremont and the Surrealists. A wartime youth (1940-1948)
    Dotremont and the Surrealists. A wartime youth (1940-1948)
    • Opening times

      25/10/2019 - 05/01/2020: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 0,00 €

    Christian Dotremont, founder of the post-war Cobra art movement and creator of ‘logograms’, began his career on the eve of the Second World War. At the age of seventeen, he became a member of the Brussels Surrealists, led by René Magritte. The Occupation, into which they were plunged shortly after the start of the war, meant that those surrealists who had not fled into exile struggled to continue their artistic activities. Dotremont was in the forefront of these efforts and a desire to resist through poetic means was mixed with an ambition to make his mark artistically. Following the Liberation, Dotremont withdrew from the movement of his elders and created his own more politically engaged vision of Surrealism, before founding Cobra. Through the works of Dotremont and other surrealists of the period, as well as through films, magazines and photographs, this exhibition recounts the troubled and little known history of Brussels Surrealism. The exhibition is an initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation as part of the Christian Dotremont Fund donation and is curated by Marie Godet. Practical information: Free audio-guide (FR/ NL/ ENG) available on your smart phone (app.belvue.be) Group visits: please book in advance Guided tours: available through our partner guide associations An accompanying publication (in FR-NL) will be on sale in the museum shop from 25/10/2019.

  • 2019
    Oct
    26
    2019
    Nov
    02
    Lectures d'histoires belges avec la Bibliocyclette
    Lectures d'histoires belges avec la Bibliocyclette
    • Price

      Normal: 7,00 € - Enfants: 2,00 € - Jeunes: 5,00 € - Senior: 6,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 5,00 €

    La bibliocyclette s’arrête au musée BELvue, remplie de belles histoires belges, racontées avec passion par Mélina et Lucie. Des lectures vivantes, bilingues et interactives pour le plaisir des tout-petits et de leurs parents. Histoires en français et en néerlandais se succèdent, mais aucune connaissance de l’autre langue nationale n’est requise. Les enfants suivent l’histoire à l’aide des illustrations et des interventions théâtralisées de Mélina et de Lucie. Pour les enfants de 2 à 4 ans, accompagnés de leurs parents Bilingue FR-NL Durée: 20 min Prix : Pour les adultes, ticket d’entrée au musée BELvue (7€ normal, 6€ senior + 65, 18-25 ans, demandeurs d’emploi 5€) Pour les enfants : 2€/enfant Le ticket vaut également pour la visite du musée. Réservation obligatoire www.belvue.be

  • 2020
    Feb
    12
    2020
    May
    03
    Libérer les femmes, changer le monde. Le féminisme des années 70 en Belgique
    Libérer les femmes, changer le monde. Le féminisme des années 70 en Belgique
    • Opening times

      12/02/2020 - 03/05/2020: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

    • Price

      Normal: 0,00 €

    Au début des années 1970, les féministes sont dans la rue. Donnant un nouveau souffle à d’anciennes revendications, elles exigent pour les femmes l’égalité dans la famille, à l’école, au travail et dans la loi. Elles portent aussi un nouveau regard sur le corps, dénoncent les préjugés et les violences et réclament une sexualité épanouie et le droit de maîtriser sa fécondité. Leur militance est jeune et dynamique : elles écrivent, s’assemblent, manifestent et organisent des actions joyeuses et tapageuses dans l’espoir d’une société solidaire, égalitaire et épanouissante pour tous et toutes. Aujourd’hui, leurs revendications et leurs analyses restent d’une brulante actualité. Car malgré d’indéniables progrès, beaucoup reste à faire pour une société égalitaire. Une exposition du Centre d’Archives et de Recherches pour l’Histoire des Femmes.