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Experience the 16th century
Sat 22-06-2019 - Sun 21-06-2020

The Halle Gate, a uniquely preserved section of the medieval defensive wall of Brussels, appeals to the imagination. In 2019 it will also become a virtual gateway into Bruegel's universe. Virtual reality technology will carry you into an astonishing immersion in Bruegel's paintings. For of the masters works will come to life and transport you into the daily life of some 450 years ago. 

Experience the 16th century in the flesh through face-to-face contact with original objects from the Royal Museums of Art and History: treasures from the New World, musical instruments, scientific measuring devices, weapons and armour. Sensory experiences will let you discover history by way of touch, smell and handling. Up above the old city gate, you can enjoy an impressive view over the city. And high-tech binoculars will provide you a virtual image of Brussels and the surrounding countryside on the time of Bruegel.

Free audio guide in 6 languages : English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Russian.

For families

Children can visit the exhibition with an adapted audio guide (NL-FR) in which Bruegel addresses them in a simple and fun way.

Different interactive elements will appeal to their imagination. Touch, smell and play: they have to use all their senses to discover the past!

Parents with small children can use the buggy zones and the changing table.

After the exhibition, children can have a great time in the most beautiful outdoor playground of Brussels, located only 100 meters from the museum.

Adventure assured in this castle and medieval village with accompanying sandbox.

For the hearing impaired

The content of the audio guide is also available on a tablet in written version.

For people with reduced mobility

The exhibition is accessible by an elevator (door opening 75 cm).

The panoramic view of the city from wall walk of the Halle Gate is unfortunately only accessible by stairs.

Tablets with videos of the view are available on request.


Opening hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:30 - 17:00 (open on Mondays!)
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
last tickets 1 hour before closing time!
Closed on Fridays, 1 January, 1 May, 1 & 11 November, 25 December

Admission Prices
€12 | €10 | €4

Halle Gate
Boulevard du Midi 150
1000 Brussels

+ 32 (0)2 534 15 18

Guided tours
€ 90 / €105 + entrance price
Max. 15 persons
+ 32 (0)2 741 73 02