Museum

Due to the current health measures in Brussels, the KBR museum will be closed until 7 December 2020.

 

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.

These masterpieces, which have survived the ravages of time and of history, have been looked after for you by KBR. The national library of Belgium opened its vaults to share the highlights of this fantastic collection via its new museum: a unique place that offers you the opportunity to share in Europe’s medieval cultural past, and admire beautiful illuminated manuscripts. The sixteenth-century Chapel of Nassau and the various rooms that surround it form the backdrop to the museum.

These days, everyone knows about Jan Van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, but the miniature artists, responsible for producing illuminated manuscripts, are every bit as impressive. So much so that some say that the finest Flemish Primitive paintings can perhaps be found in manuscripts. It is these original manuscripts that are at the heart of the new museum.

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A museum for everyone

Everybody is different, and so is every museum visit. Choose which course you want to follow:

  • 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 – but 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.

 

 

Museum experience

KBR museum is much more than just looking at manuscripts. There is also a lot to experience! Manuscript characters dance on the ceiling or 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.

Did you know that a manuscript is too fragile to be on display all the time? In order to protect them, we will therefore change the exhibits a few times a year. A real treat for visitors: whenever you come, you can discover something new. Activities will be put on according
to these changes. The events organized in the KBR museum can be found in the cultural agenda of KBR.

Get to know the KBR museum by reading a series of fascinating facts and discover the history of these books and the era that produced them. You will find out why you shouldn’t trust rabbits, in what way the Middle Ages were hilarious, how mermaids were spotted in Brussels, and discover how history books sometimes lie…

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Practical information

Opening hours

Due to the current health measures in Brussels, the KBR museum will be closed from 26 October until 7 December 2020.

  • Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Closed on 1 January, Easter and Easter Monday, 1 May, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, 21 July, 15 August, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December

 

 

Tickets

  • Standard : 11 EUR
  • Concessions: 8 EUR
    • 65+, students, groups of min. 15 people, FED+ card
  • Free:
    • <18 years, visitors with a disability (+ 1 accompanying adult), Belgian teachers (Lerarenkaart/carte PROF), jobseekers, ICOM card, museumPASSmusées, Belspo card

To validate an online ticket obtained free of charge or at a discounted rate, you must show your discount certificate at the KBR information desk before your visit to the KBR museum.

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Tip: Buy a museumPASSmusées and visit the KBR museum and more than 170 other museums for only 59 EUR!

You can buy a museumPASSmusées at the KBR information desk. 

 

 

 

Location & accessibility

  • You enter the museum 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.
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Tip: Take the train to the KBR museum!

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.

 

 

COVID-19 measures

The KBR museum 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 recommend that you book your visit online. If this is not possible for you or if you are entitled to a free visit, we invite you to stop by the information desk.

 

 

Guided tours

Due to the corona crisis it is currently not possible to book guided tours.

  • In English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish
  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Max. 10 people per group
  • Prices:
    • Week: 85 EUR+ ticket at group rate
    • Weekend : 95 EUR + ticket at group rate

 

 

Museum brochure

The brochure is available in 5 languages. Download the pdf version here:

 

 

 

Day trip

Are you visiting the museum during a day trip? Read more about all the possibilities that KBR has to offer. You can, for example, visit our restaurant, where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Brussels.

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