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Palace of Charles of Lorraine

Opening hours:

The palace is closed for renovation works until 2019, when it will reopen to host the exhibition “The World of Bruegel in Black and White“.

KBR opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm

On Friday 13 September KBR will close at 1 pm.

Place du Musée 1, 1000 Brussels

Public entrance:

Only accessible via the main entrance to KBR (from 15 October 2019).


Did you know that in 1839 the Royal Library of Belgium was housed in the Palace of Charles of Lorraine?



Charles of Lorraine was the governor of the Austrian Netherlands from 1744 to 1780. He was an avid art and science enthusiast and collector. His palace, the construction of which started in 1757, later housed the Royal Library’s reading rooms.

An impressive staircase, adorned with a statue of Hercules sculpted by Laurent Delvaux, leads up to the first-floor rotunda. The rotunda’s paving includes a central rosette made up of 28 types of Belgian marble, a sample of the Prince’s collection of 5,000 minerals. This wonderful floor art leads to five rooms decorated with stuccos and silk, where the governor would entertain his guests and take care of state affairs.

The Palace of Charles of Lorraine hosts KBR’s temporary exhibitions.



From 2019 you will be able to admire the Palace in person during our temporary exhibitions, starting with ‘The World of Bruegel in Black and White’ on 15 October 2019.


Venue hire

Are you looking for a unique venue in the center of Brussels? The rotunda of the Palace might be exactly what you’re after. The beautiful 18th century interior will ensure your event of a unique atmosphere. The space has a capacity of 130 people.

Are you interested in hiring this space? Please don’t hesitate to contact us on  +32 (0)2 519 53 11 or events@kbr.be.


Upcoming events

October 2019

The World of Bruegel in Black and White

15.10.2019 @ 11:00 - 16.02.2020 @ 19:00

Get up close and personal with Bruegel’s famous prints.

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