Exhibitions

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Collection Museum Art & History
MUSEUM ART & HISTORY - Step inside this historic building, one of the biggest museums in Belgium and erected by former Belgian King Leopold II. Discover a wealth of artefacts from prehistoric times over antiquity and the European applied arts to a vast collection of non-European art.
Collection Musical insturments museum
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MUSEUM - The mim collection is displayed on four floors, each with its own perspective.A favourite for many visitors is the room dedicated to traditional musical instruments. The tour starts in Belgium and passes through a whole series of European traditions to cultures from around the world. Besides the well-known Scottish version, many more countries appear to have their own type of bagpipes, Tibetan monks make musical instruments out of the bones of their deceased colleagues, and African slit drums are the local form of Twitter. "Musicus mechanicus" is the title of the collection of mechanical, electrical and electronic instruments. The showpiece is the componium, a nineteenth-century orchestrion that automatically composes an infinite variety of music!
Exposition Horta & Wolfers
MUSEUM ART & HISTORY - 105 years after the official inauguration of the Wolfers Frères jewellery store in 1912, visitors will once again be able to admire the shop in its original form. To do this, the Art & History Museum has cleared a room of approximately the same shape and area as that originally foreseen by Victor Horta in the building in rue d’Arenberg in Brussels. On the basis of a thorough historical study, the showcases and the counters will be reinstalled as Horta designed them in his time. First, it was necessary to take down the provisional arrangement of a part of the furniture in the museum and then obtain from storage the remaining interior elements. Even the original entrance doors will be reintegrated. Visitors will be able to walk around an identical reconstruction of the room, like elite customers of the past. The interior layout of the shop has been restored to the highest standards. The Cuban mahogany furniture has been cleaned and the original layer of varnish refurbished. The velvet interior furnishing of the showcases has been re-woven based on the original material. The patina of the bronze decorations has been refreshed. The harmony of the colours desired by Horta emerges once again: a sublime combination of the deep red polished mahogany, the dark green velvet, and the golden accents of the bronze decorations, all in total accord with the mauve colour of the walls. Thanks to this detailed restoration and refinishing, visitors will have the illusion of crossing once again the threshold into a Brussels shop for luxury goods. This prestigious project was made possible thanks to a special investment from the Federal Sciences Policy and with the collaboration of the Buildings Agency.
Exposition Little Life Halle Gate
HALLE GATE - Cooking, cleaning, setting the table, making the bed, entertaining guests, decorating a house. The everyday life of the house is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for children’s games. With dolls, dollhouses, and toy stoves, furniture and tableware, children make up stories and re-enact the household activities of adults. More than 100 years ago these kinds of toys were reserved for girls from the wealthy classes. The exhibition Little Life takes the visitor into a wonderful miniature world, which beautifully represents the domestic life of the middle class of the 19th and early 20th century. The basis of the exhibition is an exceptional dollhouse, made around 1900, modelled upon a neoclassical Brussels house. Together with all sorts of other toys we show you from the parlour to the bathroom what the house, interior decoration and the daily life of a wealthy family looked like. For the kids: A lively display with DIY activities, a 3D animation and play-area with giant dollhouse, a craft- and reading corner makes the exhibition really fun for children.
Guided tour for indv. Temple of the Human Passions
MUSEUM ART & HISTORY - A few metres from the mosque that occupies one of the corners of the Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark, there is a pavilion designed by Victor Horta as a “tempietto” in the classical style. Positioned on a small, grass-covered hilltop, the little monument, owned by the Belgian State, was built between 1891 and 1897 to house a stunning Carrara marble relief created by sculptor Jef Lambeaux. The single room, with its mosaic tiled floor and walls covered in Euville white stones and panels of yellow Sienna marble, serves as a backdrop for a relief measuring 12 m long and 8 m high, composed of seventeen blocks of Carrara marble.
Kids’ Art Day
MUSEUM ART & HISTORY - Step right up and discover the marvellous world of Circus Horta! The Art & History Museum and Circus Zonder Handen are proud to present the amazing Brothers Wolfers and their gravity defying designs during Kids’ Art Day 2018. CHOOSE a technique, MAKE your own art nouveau design, PERFORM your own circus acts and BE astounded on this eventful day of walk in workshops and demonstrations.
Les conférences de la Diffusion culturelle
MUSEUM ART & HISTORY - Only in French.
Lunch tour Horta & Wolfers
MUSEUM ART & HISTORY - 105 years after the official opening of the Wolfers Frères jewellery business in 1912, the authentic shop interior of the Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta will once again be displayed in its full glory.
Temple of Human Passions
MUSEUM ART & HISTORY - A few metres from the mosque that occupies one of the corners of the Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark, there is a pavilion designed by Victor Horta as a “tempietto” in the classical style. Positioned on a small, grass-covered hilltop, the little monument, owned by the Belgian State, was built between 1891 and 1897 to house a stunning Carrara marble relief created by sculptor Jef Lambeaux. The single room, with its mosaic tiled floor and walls covered in Euville white stones and panels of yellow Sienna marble, serves as a backdrop for a relief measuring 12 m long and 8 m high, composed of seventeen blocks of Carrara marble. It represents humanity’s pleasures and sins overseen by Death.

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