Musée Art & Histoire

Musée Art & Histoire

Discover the largest museum in the country !

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Explore its fascinating collections, from the mysterious sarcophagi of Pharaonic Egypt to the treasures of new Art.

Among the must-sees that any visitor to Brussels must have to see, let us quote the real fetish with the "broken ear" of Hergé or the gigantic statue of Easter Island. Change of scenery is guaranteed!

The Art & History Museum of the Cinquantenaire is part of the Royal Museums of Art and History. It is the most important site. Entering this building built in the late nineteenth century at the request of King Leopold II, you embark on a fascinating journey of exploration through time and space, meeting the history of humanity and of its civilizations.

The collections that you will discover testify of all the artistic disciplines (except of painting) in the five continents (except sub-Saharan Africa). They are divided into four major groups:


- Antiquity: Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantine and Oriental Christian Arts

- National archeology: Prehistory, Gallo-Roman Belgium, Merovingian civilization

- non-European civilizations: Islam, Asia, Polynesia and Micronesia, America

- the European industrial arts: the Romanesque and Mosan arts, from the Gothic period to the Baroque, from the Baroque period to the 20th century, the rooms by subject


In total, the collections represent approximately 350,000 pieces, spread over more than 80,000 m2 of exhibition halls and reserves. In addition, high-quality temporary exhibitions are organized regularly to introduce you to other facets of art and history.