Musée du Cinquantenaire



The collections are divided into four areas: National Archaeology, Antiquity, European Decorative Arts and non-European civilizations (Khmer arts, Asia, the Islamic world etc...)

Built on the initiative of King Leopold II, the museum complex of the Cinquantenaire Park took the name of ‘Royal Museums of Decorative and Industrial Arts’. It was not until 1912 that the name 'Royal Museum of the Cinquantenaire Park' was born. But when the Army Museum was built in the park in 1922, a new name was given to avoid confusion.

In 1926, the term 'Royal Museums of Art and History' (incorporating the Cinquantenaire Museum, Museum of the Far East, Halle Gate and the Museum of Musical Instruments) became the official name.

Opening hours

Permanent Collections: Tuesdays to Fridays: 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and feast-days: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, and 25 December.

Note: ticket-office closes at 4 p.m.

On 24 and 31 December, the museum closes at 4.00 p.m. and the ticket-office at 3 p.m.


Train : Alight at Merode or Schuman stations (within walking distance of the museum)

or at Central Station (metro connection to the Cinquantenaire Museum).

Metro : Alight at ‘Schuman’ or ‘Merode’.

Bus : 22, 27, 80: alight at ‘Galliërs’; 61: alight at ‘Merode’.

Tram : 81, 82: alight at ‘Merode’.

Parking : In front of the main ‘Albert and Elisabeth’ entrance, the ‘Park’ entrance and the Plaster-cast Workshop.

Entrance for handicapped visitors : Wheel-chairs available to the right of the staircase to the main entrance. Reception of handicapped visitors: 02 741 73 31

Admission prices

Permanent Collections, Cinquantenaire Museum: € 5

€ 4 : groups (min. 10 persons), young persons 13-17 years (accompanied by an adult relative), students, CJP members, senior citizens (60 +), foreign teachers.

€1.5 : school groups, student groups, young person groups, unemployed persons, those on subsistence wages, the handicapped, artists, art-college students.

Free : children under 13 (accompanied by an adult relative), visually handicapped persons with an attendant.

Good to know: Admission free for everyone on the first Wednesday of the month from 1 p.m. on.


Parc du Cinquantenaire, European-District, 1000

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