The museum regularly acquires pieces to document and tell the story of Brussels.
The museum also regularly receives donations from individuals or organisations. If you would like to make a contribution to enrich the museum’s collections, do not hesitate to consult our Support us section
The museum also has a budget to buy works of art, especially at public sale.
Finally, the museum houses a certain number of works handed over for safekeeping by, among others, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
The Brussels-based artist Oussama Tabti was born in Algiers in 1988. His work questions a sealed-off geopolitics made up of insurmountable borders and of introverted cultures. In his own distinctive way, he denounces the difficulty of moving about in a world that, while globalised, is also suspicious, afraid of the “foreigner” and of difference.
This oil painting on canvas was painted by Gustave Walckiers in 1888. It depicts an animated view of the Grand Place as a popular meeting place.
This sketch was made by Julien Dillens, while preparing the production of one of the three reliefs on the Everard t' Serclaes Monument.
This painting by Léon Herbo, oil on canvas, shows the Brussels Fair that was inaugurated in 1880, today known as the Foire du Midi.
This egg-shaped vase by Maximilien-Joseph Jacquet and Louis Nédonchelle is one of the many 19th-century pieces depicting Brussels cityscapes.
This coffee jug was made between 1786 and 1791 in the Manufacture de Monplaisir; the first real porcelain factory in Brussels.
In China, they are considered lucky charms, these Ho-Ho's. They were produced in Brussels in the second half of the 18th century and are unique pieces of pottery.
This oil painting on canvas was painted between 1660 and 1670. It's currently the oldest known colour depiction of the interior of the collegiate church.
This gem by Louis Cretté is very rare due to its decoration in purple and grisaille. It also has a special form, not previously known in Brussels.
This 1854 painting by Jean-Baptiste Van Moer shows the interior of the current Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels.
This scented candle was created by Quintessence Lab and afterwards adorned with a still life by Sanam Khatibi for the ‘Candle Up’ project.
Jean-Jacques Gailliard drew Otlet House situated on the corner of Rue de Florence and Rue de Livourne in 1962. It was built between 1896 and 1898 in Art Nouveau style.
This rectangular bronze low-relief, signed and dated 1893, is a profile portrait of the artist Hélène du Ménil made by her husband, Isidore De Rudder.
This storage box is made of metal and is decorated with illustrations by Tom Schamp. Chocolatier Elisabeth partnered with him in 2016 to design their boxes.
This painting by Jan Van Looy, a painter from Brussels, shows the pavilion built for the 1935 World's Fair.
This painting from 2013 was painted by Moke Fils according to popular Congolese painting. It illustrates the Matonge district, the heart of Belgian-Congolese life in Brussels.
This painting by Belgian painter Charles Brias (1798-1884) depicts daily life around the former Butter Market in Brussels.
This painting by Gillis van Tilborgh (1625-1678) portrays the Annual competition of the Archers’ Guild at the foot of the Wollendriestoren.