Belgium has been hiding a treasure for 600 years
Six centuries ago, Brussels belonged to the rich and powerful Dukes of Burgundy. Skilled politicians and cultured patrons, they established a stirring treasure, a unique and fascinating collection of manuscripts: the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy.
Many of these masterpieces have survived the ravages of time and of history. Discover these gems in the brand new KBR museum. Explore Europe’s medieval cultural past (first floor) and then admire the magnificent illuminated manuscripts from the ducal library (second floor).
Although manuscripts form the heart of the new museum, the KBR museum is much more than just looking at books. There is also a lot to experience!
Watch manuscript characters dance on the ceiling or let them whisper stories in your ear. Do you prefer to get hands-on with history? That’s possible. Design your own miniature, test your copying skills or date a manuscript. As soon as the corona virus has been overcome, touching is also allowed: feel the materials from which a manuscript was made.
Due to the current health situation, you will receive a stylus with which you can operate the interactive screens without touching them. Disinfectant wipes and alcohol gel are available at various places in the museum, so that you can safely use the audio equipment.
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Always something new to discover
Did you know that a manuscript is too fragile to be on display all the time? In order to protect them, we will change the exhibits two times a year. A real treat for visitors: with each visit you discover new works and activities will be organized according to these changes. The next selection of manuscripts will be on view starting from 11 May 2021.Get to know more
Take a virtual tour
You can’t wait to visit the KBR museum, but are currently staying at home because of the corona crisis? Or you want to see a sneak peek of the KBR museum before your visit? Thanks to the 3D scanning of Virtual Brussels Museums you can walk into the KBR museum on your smartphone or computer in no time.Start your virtual tour
Dive into the Middle Ages
Would you like to prepare your visit? Get to know the KBR museum by reading a series of fascinating facts that will take you back to the time of the Burgundian Dukes. Discover the history of these books and the era that produced them. You will find out why you shouldn’t trust rabbits, that mermaids have been spotted in Brussels and that history books sometimes dare to lie.Discover the museum facts
A museum for everyone
Everybody is different, and so is every museum visit. Choose which course you want to follow in the museum:
- In-depth tour: Savour the knowledge from Dukes’ library. We offer in-depth information on all the documents on display. Take the time to explore each piece in detail.
- Discovery tour: Everything you need to know, in a nutshell. The explanations are shorter, but equally historically correct.
- Children’s tour: Child-friendly explanations – secretly also fun for adults.
Do you only have time for a flash visit to the museum? Then have a look at the pieces that are not to be missed. They are marked with a golden hourglass.
- Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
- Closed on 1 January, Easter and Easter Monday, 1 May, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, 21 July, 15 August, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December
- Book your tickets online.
- Choose the time slot during which you want to start your museum visit.
- You can visit the museum at your own pace.
At the ticket desk, you can only purchase tickets with a payment card.
- Standard: 11 EUR
- Concessions: 8 EUR
- 65+, students, groups of min. 15 people, FED+ card
- <18 years, visitors with a disability (+ 1 accompanying adult), Belgian teachers (Lerarenkaart/carte PROF), jobseekers, ICOM card, PASS musées, Belspo card, Brussels card, Brussels Card Discovery, My Flanders Pass, valid press card
- Thanks to the Free Museums for Students campaign, students can visit the KBR museum for free during the Easter holidays (3 to 18 April) on presentation of their student card. Booking a ticket is recommended.
- PASS musées: 59 EUR
- The PASS musées gives you one year’s access to the KBR museum and 180 other museums in Belgium (only available at the ticket desk).
To validate free or concessions tickets which you bought online, you must show your discount certificate at the KBR information desk before your visit to the KBR museum.Buy tickets
It is allowed to take pictures without a flash in the entire museum.
Location & accessibility
- Museum entrance: via the main entrance of KBR (Mont des Arts 28, 1000 Brussels).
- Both the building and the museum are accessible for visitors with disabilities. Holders of a disabled parking permit can find parking spaces in front of the building, at Boulevard de l’Empereur 4.
- KBR is accessible by public transport as well as by car and bicycle.
- Use the SNCB code on your online museum ticket to buy a Discovery Ticket and travel to Brussels-Central and back with a 50% discount.
KBR takes all necessary measures to guarantee you a safe visit.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory, as well as keeping a physical distance from other visitors (minimum 1.5 meters, except for persons belonging to the same bubble).
- We advise you to book your tickets online. It is still possible to buy tickets at the ticket desk.
- To combat the virus, guided tours cannot be booked at the moment.