> Thursday 07.05.20
Manneken-Pis celebrates his 400th birthday!
In 1619, the authorities of the City of Brussels decided to remodel a fountain called the “Manneken-Pis”. They commissioned a new sculpture of the Manneken-Pis from a renowned sculptor, Jérôme Duquesnoy. Stolen on numerous occasions and always recovered, the original statue of Manneken-Pis has been on display at the Museum of the City of Brussels since 1966.
To mark this anniversary, the Brussels City Museum has organised several events:
- A drawing project in cooperation with the schools of the City of Brussels: every primary school in the City of Brussels can submit a drawing or prototype for a new costume for the ketje (little boy). The winning costume will be designed and presented to the Manneken-Pis on 7 May 2020. An exhibition will also take place to showcase all the projects put forward by the various schools.
- Souvenir item “400 years Manneken-Pis”: The Royal Belgian Mint and the Royal Netherlands Mint have officially issued the new Belgian 2.5 euro coin with the inscription "400 years Manneken Pis". The coin is available at www.herdenkingsmunten.bea
First Sunday for the month
Admission to the museum is free on the first Sunday of every month .