From February 4, 2017
New Manneken-Pis room
Against a backdrop designed to spark their curiosity, visitors receive the keys to understanding the statue’s history. When does it date back to? Who sculpted it? When, and how, did Brussels residents begin to show their attachment to this sculpture? Visitors are taken on a journey through time that brings them back to 1451, the first record of the existence of a fountain.
> Sunday April 30, 2017
Recovery of an exceptional piece
Portrait d’une famille dans la cour d’un palais bruxellois
This magnificent 17th century Brussels painting, which was put up for sale in Vienna last October, was acquired thanks to the King Baudouin Foundation and several private patrons.
This painting is both a residence portrait and a family portrait. It is a patrician residence in Brussels, in front of the Hotel de Ville, whose tower is recognized on the left. This picture offers a rare and extraordinary testimony of what was a patrician residence of the Renaissance and the Baroque period in Brussels: a forgotten heritage, which was nevertheless brilliant at the height of the role of royal and imperial capital played by Brussels in the past.
Brussels in the Middle Ages 2 & 3
The face of the city en the city's power
What was Brussels like in the Middle Ages? How did it gradually come into being? Which of its buildings enhanced its prestige? What did its homes look like? All very natural questions if one is interested in taking a practical approach to life in a great medieval city, but hardly easy to answer.
PETIT J-L., Brussel in the Middle Ages. The face of the city en the city's power, 2 and 3, in The Brussels Files, Brussels City Museum, 2016