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 inspiration source for children’s games. With dolls, dollhouses, little stoves, little furniture and little 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 to a wonderful little word, which beautifully represents the domestic life of the bourgeois class of the 19th century and early 20th century.

The base of the exposition is an exceptional dollhouse, made around 1900 after a model of a neoclassical Brussels house. Together with all sorts of other toys we tell you from parlour to bathroom what a house, an interior and the daily life of a wealthy family looked like.

For the kids: A lively  staging with DIY activities,  a 3D animation and a playing area with an extra big dollhouse, a craft- and reading corner makes the exhibition really fun for children

Nocturnal opening on the 16th of November 2017 within the framework of the Brussels Museums Nocturnes (Meet the Curator, Workshop 1900) !


Brussels Museums Nocturnes & opening
16 November 2017
more info

St Nicholas at the Halle Gate
Sunday 03 December 2017
1 pm - 4.30 pm

Family Event ‘Welcome to Little Life’
28 January 2018
soon more info

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?
€ 85 + € 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 - 17:00
Sa – Su: 10:00 - 17:00
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)2 533 34 51

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

See video