PAST: Little Life

About dollhouses and 19th century domestic life
Fri 17-11-2017 - Sun 25-11-2018

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.


Family day - Welcome to Little Life

Workshop ‘House for sale’
What says a house about its owners? Ponder this question while looking at a remarkable dollhouse from around 1900. Imagine this: Monsieur Charlier’s house is for sale and you are moving in! What to do with all his stuff? You decide! Because your stuff awaits in boxes downstairs. Toss it or keep it? This is a question of identity! The 19th century domestic life: what’s in it for you?
€ 90 + € 7 / 5 / 3
15 attendees
90 min.
after reservation


Halle Gate
Boulevard du Midi 150 – 1000 Brussel
+32 (0)2 534 15 18

Opening Hours
Tue – Fr: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sa – Su: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
24/12 and 31/12: closed at 3 p.m.
Last tickets 1 hour before closing time
Closed: Mo & 01/01, 05/01, 11/01, 11/11, 12/25

Entrance fees
€ 7 / € 5 (groups, 65+) / € 3 (4-18 years) / free entrance (- 4 years)

Guided tours
+ 32 (0)2 741 73 02 -

Train: Brussels-South train station (500 meters)
Metro, tram, bus: stop Hallepoort
Paying car park (500 meters)

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