Librarium

Librarium is a unique museum where you can find out all about the history of books, writing, and libraries.
Here, authentic documents and interactive and audiovisual equipment will tell you about different kinds of writing, unusual books, manuscripts, miniature books, newspapers, drawings, special medals, and even comic books.

Entrance: Mont des Arts, B-1000 Brussels

 

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday, 9.00 to 17.00. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

  • Admission free of charge.
  • Free audio guide (available in 4 languages: en, fr, nl, de): Frederic de Reiffenberg, the Library's very first curator, shows you around.

 

Theme: Apocalypse

In order to do justice to the unique collections of the Royal Library of Belgium, many document displays are changed every 3 months, so you can get a different view of things each time.

Until the end of July, you can discover the Apocalypse motif in books in all shapes and sizes. Artists such as Dürer, Jean Duvet and Gustave Doré took inspiration from the Book of Revelation.

You'll see old and rare books such as the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), but also more recent works, as the theme of the end times remains popular in contemporary art. Manga, comic books or movie magazines: which one is your favourite?

Also on display: work by Belgian symbolist painter and graphic artist Léon Spilliaert, whose artwork entered the public domain in 2017.

Some of the documents which are or were displayed in Librarium can also be viewed online.

 

 

Guided tours

Booking: educ@kbr.be or +32 (0)2 519 53 72.

Price: 50€/group