Magical Theatres

Wed 01-12-2021 - Sun 04-12-2022

The paper theatre, miniature theatre or table top theatre was once a source of pleasure for young and old. These days, it has sunk into oblivion. The "Magical Theatres" exhibition brings back to life the magical world of this toy, its fantastic colourful decors and its small paper actors. The Halle Gate opens the doors onto a world full of stories, from Shakespeare plays to the tales of the Grimm Brothers.

These delightful works of art, that appeared two centuries ago, reflect the magnificent European theatre stages and give insight in the private world of 19th-century families. The exhibition reveals complete theatres from this period and wonderful uncut original paper stages. Creations by contemporary artists are also on display. Visitors will be amazed by virtual dramatisations. Younger visitors are guided by a paper puppet, Puss in Boots.

The Magical Theatres exhibition is situated on the third floor of the magnificent Halle Gate Museum building.  In a permanent presentation, this vestige of the second surrounding wall of Brussels reveals the period in which the city was fortified and offers impressive panoramic views from its rampart walk. The annual temporary exhibitions focus on different aspects of day-to-day life in the past and present, and often find their inspiration in the European Ethnology collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History.


5.12.21 (& 4.12.22)                              
Saint Nicholas live!
Buy your ticket

9.01 > 4.12.22                
open ATELIER ouvert
1st Sunday of the month

spectacle par Compagnie Papierthéâtre I Alain Lecucq
dans le cadre du JEM festival
11:00 & 14:00 & 15:00
(only in French)

Kids’ Art Day


Halle Gate
Boulevard du Midi 150, 1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 533 34 51

€ 10 - € 8 - € 6
(audioguide, panorama and museum included)

Openings times
1st December 2021 – 4th December 2022
Monday – Thursday: 9:30 - 17:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
closed: Friday & 1/05, 1/11, 11/11, 25/12, 01/01

On 24 & 31 December the Museum will close at 3pm. (last ticket at 2pm)

Train : Brussels-South 10 min.
Metro: Lines 2,3,4 and 6 - stop “Porte de Hal”
Bus : 27, 48, 136, 365A, W – stop “Porte de Hal”
Tram: 4 - stop “Porte de Hal”
Paid Parking (500 m)