Visit the KBR museum
Explore the 15th century in our region through the images, stories and characters from the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy.
Reserve your seat in the reading room
You can consult collections in the reading room and study in the study room. Remember to reserve a seat in advance via your MyKBR account.
The oldest illustrated manuscript in Dutch
From now on, you can admire a new selection of works at the KBR museum. Among them is a manuscript that is quite special: Jacob van Maerlant’s “Rijmbijbel”.
Expo: James Ensor. Inspired by Brussels
From 22 February 2024, dive into the imaginary world of one of the greatest Belgian artists.
The “Rijmbijbel” of Jacob van Maerlant
The luxurious “Rijmbijbel” from Brussels is the oldest known illustrated manuscript in Dutch that has been completely preserved. Meet an international masterpiece from the Middle Ages!Continue reading “The “Rijmbijbel” of Jacob van Maerlant”
The manuscript of Johannes de Altre: a varied collection of knowledge
Merel Swemle is studying Dutch language and culture at Leiden University. In this blog post, she takes a closer look at a curious book: the collection manuscript of Johannes de Altre.Continue reading “The manuscript of Johannes de Altre: a varied collection of knowledge”
Livy between manuscript and printed book
The name Titus Livius (known in English as Livy) is a well-known one today. But how did the work of this Roman historian end up in the Library of the Burgundian Dukes?Continue reading “Livy between manuscript and printed book”
SpeakEasy speaks Royal Library!10.06.2023 @ 13:30 – 16:30
Poetry collective SpeakEasy Spoken Word BXL takes inspiration from the “Rijmbijbel” and takes you on a multilingual “Promenade Poetik” at the KBR museum.Continue reading “SpeakEasy speaks Royal Library!”
Open workshop: Get started with the “Rijmbijbel”11.06.2023 @ 14:00 – 16:30
Be inspired by the “Rijmbijbel” and get to work in an open workshop where you paint like a medieval miniaturist.Continue reading “Open workshop: Get started with the “Rijmbijbel””
Digital Heritage Seminar: Reliable Semantic Indexing of Historical Newspapers at Scale15.06.2023 @ 14:00 – 15:30
Maud Ehrmann (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) talks about the challenges for reliable semantic indexing of historical newspapers.Continue reading “Digital Heritage Seminar: Reliable Semantic Indexing of Historical Newspapers at Scale”
Workshop: Inside the lab of the miniaturist01.07.2023 @ 11:00 – 16:00
In this workshop at the KBR museum, you will discover how medieval artists transformed plants into colours which they used to paint miniatures.Continue reading “Workshop: Inside the lab of the miniaturist”
Read more about KBR’s digitised collections
The first Antarctic expedition: tracing the voyage of the Belgica
125 years ago, on Monday 16 August 1897, the converted Norwegian sealer ship Belgica left the […]Continue reading “The first Antarctic expedition: tracing the voyage of the Belgica”
Ukiyo-e: discover the digitised collection of Japanese prints
Browse more than 750 Japanese prints online.Continue reading “Ukiyo-e: discover the digitised collection of Japanese prints”
Ukraine’s geopolitical history in 10 old maps
Discover 10 old maps from our cartographic collection that illustrate the geopolitical history of Ukraine.Continue reading “Ukraine’s geopolitical history in 10 old maps”
KBR acquires autograph manuscript by César Franck
KBR acquired the autograph manuscript of the orchestrated version of the ‘Messe for three voices in A major’ by Liège composer César Franck.Continue reading “KBR acquires autograph manuscript by César Franck”