KBR museum

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 history, have been looked after by KBR and can now be admired at the KBR museum. Explore Europe’s medieval cultural past and then admire the magnificent illuminated manuscripts from the ducal library.

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Visit the KBR museum a last time

The KBR museum will temporarily close its doors from 8 January. The unique manuscripts will temporarily return to their vaults after the Christmas period so that work can be done behind the scenes to add a musical touch to the museum. This autumn is therefore your last chance to visit the KBR museum before its temporary closure. The museum is closing with a programme packed with activities. Find out what’s on the agenda!

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.

Are you visiting the museum with children? Be sure to read the page about the children’s tour and discover how there is something for every age.

A page is turned every 6 months

Did you know that a manuscript is too fragile to be on display all the time? In order to protect them, we change the exhibits 2 times a year. Since 23 May, you can admire a completely new selection of manuscripts, books and prints.

The focus is on the “Rijmbijbel”, the work of Jacob van Maerlant and on biblical books, stories and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Take a look at the agenda to discover the activities.

To the agenda

Museum experience

There is a lot to experience at the KBR museum. Characters from the manuscripts dance on the ceiling and whisper in your ear. You can also touch: feel the materials from which a manuscript is made.

Do you prefer to get hands-on with history? Design your own miniature, test your copying skills or date a manuscript on the screens you activate with your digital bracelet.

Practical information

Dive deeper into the Middle Ages