Museum

A treasure that’s been hidden for 600 years

A new museum is due to open in the heart of the KBR building in 2020. The sixteenth-century Chapel of Nassau and the various rooms that surround it will form the backdrop to the KBR museum. The museum offers you the opportunity to share in Europe’s medieval cultural past, and admire beautiful illuminated manuscripts from the ‘Library of the Dukes of Burgundy‘.

 

Unique collection on display

Presently, almost 300 original Burgundian manuscripts are being stored in KBR. They were created between the end of the fourteenth and the end of the fifteenth centuries and are counted among the master works of French and Flemish miniature art.

Names such as Willem Vrelant, Jan de Tavernier, Simon Marmion or Lieven van Lathem may not ring any bells, but in their time they were veritable celebrities and just as famous as Jan Van Eyck or Rogier van der Weyden, our renowned ‘Flemish primitives’. The spotlight is shone on all areas of medieval thinking: literature, history, science, mo­rality, religion, and philosophy, along with law, poetry and chivalric literature.

It is these original manuscripts that are at the heart of the new museum. The ‘Burgundian’ experience comes together throughout the museum and along the multi-media route, and it extends through the rest of the building too.

Visitors will be able to view these masterpieces from the KBR collections, but they can also enjoy stunning views of the magnificent garden at the Mont des Arts or take in the majestic views of the historic centre of Brussels. We’re livening things up, on the Mont des Arts and in the city!

 

 

 

 

Practical information

Opening hours

  • Every day 10 am – 6.30 pm , except Wednesdays: 1 pm – 6.30 pm
  • Closed 1 January, 1 May, 15 August, 1 November, 25 December

Tickets

  • Standard : 11 EUR
  • Concessions: 7 EUR (65+, students, groups of min. 15 people)
  • Free: <18 years, disabled people, teachers, jobseekers

Ticket sales start on 15 May 2019.

 

Reservation

Guided tours

  • In French, Dutch, English, German, Spanish
  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Max. 15 people per group
  • Prices:
    • Week: 85 EUR+ ticket
    • Weekend : 95 EUR + ticket