Sunday 27 September 2020
From 10h00 to 14h00
Brussels City Museum
Join our little Expat Club’s group to discover the history of your expat city Brussels! Whether you have been there for a while or you just arrived, we are pretty sure that you will discover a many new interesting things from our private guided tour. The Brussels City Museum is located in the very center of Brussels at the Grand Place. Hidden behind its walls you will find masterpieces such as The Wedding Cortège and The martyrdom of St. Paul. Since we opt for a morning visit, we would like to invite you also for a coffee beforehand as well as a nice Ethiopian lunch afterwards.
This vist is currently unconfirmed, but we hope to announce the date and prices soon.
If you are interested, you can now pre-reserve a spot by adding your name and email address.
Logged-in members can simply click on the RSVP button.
What is included in this visit?
- Museum entrance fees
- Professionally guided tour of the museum
- Free time
- Welcome coffee
- Lunch (optional)
- Great group of international people
- A lifetime expat memory
Who can join?
Expat Club events are attended by singles, couples, retirees, groups of friends or colleagues, and families. We welcome people from all over the world with a wide variety of backgrounds. Expat Club Membership is not required to join this visit.
How to add a child ticket?
Expat Club loves welcoming young expats, too! If you want to bring your child(ren) up until 18 years, please first add the regular adult ticket(s) to the cart and then go to the cart page. On the cart page, there is a child ticket available for [price to be announced].
Our event today does not only concern a visit to the Brussels City Museum. We are starting the day with a welcome coffee and end it with a magnificent Ethiopian lunch at Kokob. If you only want to come for any of these three parts, that’s also fine. For the coffee you can simply show up, for the museum you must book in advance, and for the lunch it is also required to make a pre-paid reservation.
09h00 – Welcome coffee (place t.b.d.)
10h30 – Start guided tour Brussels City Museum
12h00 – End guided tour
12h15 – Lunch in Kokob
14h00 – End lunch
It was in 1860 that the idea of creating a museum first started to take shape. The City of Brussels then set about amassing all kinds of objects bearing witness to its past and asked several artists to immortalize those districts destined for demolition. The Museum was established on the second floor of the King’s House and officially opened in 1887. Its aim was both to welcome foreign visitors and to make the city’s history intelligible to the local people.
The museum then started to build collections. Its curators have been carrying out research and collection work, aimed at extending and improving knowledge and understanding of Brussels’ history since the end of the 19th century. They have been looking for objects and works of art that are representative of the city’s social, economic, intellectual and artistic development.
By joining us on this tour, you will get to visit the museum as it is today, which is the following. On the ground floor, the City of Brussels Museum presents an overview of Brussels’ arts: sculptures and monuments from sites and places of interest in Brussels dating from the 13th to the 19th century, pewterware and earthenware, silverware and pieces of porcelain, not to mention tapestries from the 16th to the 18th century and altarpieces (15th to 16th century). The first floor is given over to the area covered by the City, its relief, the Grand-Place, the green spaces, the importance of water and the various town-planning programs, which are all depicted and explained on the basis of various documents. Finally, the top floor houses the original statue of Manneken-Pis and the temporary exhibitions.
One of our favorite parts of the museum that you will get to see if you come with us is the Grand Place To Be room! The Brussels City Museum is happy and proud to offer its visitors a room dedicated entirely to the Grand-Place: its history, its heritage, its daily life in winter and in summer… There is also an unprecedented virtual reality experience to try! The experience allows users to be visually immersed in the Grand-Place before the 1695 bombing. As if in a time machine, users find themselves back on the square in the 17th century. They can observe the different houses, the Town Hall, the Maison du Roi… buildings that are very different from what they could see before entering the museum.
The Museum of the City of Brussels is located in the historic center of the city, on the Grand-Place, the most famous and frequently visited location in the capital. It resides in a neo-Gothic style building known as the Maison du Roi in French and Broodhuis in Dutch. The two names go some way to explaining the history of the building: Broodhuis refers to its first incarnation, as a bread market in the 13th century, while Maison du Roi refers to the titles of the owner of the building, the Duke of Brabant. In the 16th century, this was Charles V, “King” of Spain.
The first masterpiece of the museum, the building itself was listed in its entirety in 1936 (one of the first in Belgium) and has been listed alongside the Grand-Place as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2000.
During our tour, we will have the chance to have an expert storyteller to guide us through the history of Brussels! Our little group will follow the guide for about an hour to have a museum overview and discover all the unknown stories about the city you live in. Let’s dive together into History with a big H! During our guided visit, a professional expert guide will explain to us all about the history of the house, the art inside, and of course Brussels’ development. We bet you will be totally amazed to discover all these things about a city you may think you know by heart!
We are going to have a themed visit about the growth of Belgium’s capital city. Our guide will tell us everything about the growth of the urban territory, urban planning, the importance of water, and green spaces. We are convinced, also based on our previous experiences, that you will be very happy you joined us on this special visit and that you have again discovered another unique part of Brussels.
After our guided tour, we would like to make this moment of conviviality last a bit longer by having lunch all together!
We have chosen to make you discover the restaurant “Kokob”, the oldest Ethiopian restaurant in Brussels!
Ethiopian cuisine is a moment of sharing. We eat together on a large pancake and eat with our fingers. This cuisine is rich in flavours and spices. Come and discover our meat dishes with berbere or cardamom, as well as our wide selection of vegetarian dishes. As mentioned before, the lunch is optional but we would be more than happy to enjoy this extra time with you!
Texts and photos: © brusselscitymuseum.brussels