04.10.18 > 29.12.19

The Grand Place To Be


For the 20th anniversary of the inclusion of the Grand-Place in Brussels on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Brussels City Museum and the Cellule Patrimoine Historique (Heritage Department) are offering a unique exhibition in this iconic place of Brussels architecture.This exhibition could not be held anywhere other than the GrandPlace, at the Maison du Roi. As a matter of fact, this prestigious building has been housing the Museum of the City of Brussels since 1887 and overseeing the conservation, enrichment and promotion of Brussels heritage as well as spreading knowledge throughout the public.

Organised around the monumental statue of Saint Michael, a weather vane from the 15th century, the exhibition covers numerous themes regarding its history, architecture, safeguarding and presentation. Works of art, archival documents and rare and unseen archaeological objects, a large portion of which come from cultural institutions and private collections, will be gathered for the first time. Restoration sites will also be showcased thanks to working documents, photographs of the construction sites, tools and original objects from the facades.

An unprecedented virtual reality experience

The bombing of the Grand-Place in 1695

The experience allows users to be visually immersed in the Grand-Place before the 1695 bombing. As if in a time machine, users find themselves back on the square in the 17th century. They can observe the different houses, the Town Hall, the Maison du Roi... buildings that are very different from what they could see before entering the museum. Suddenly, a cannonball strikes the cobbles. The impact is intense. Then, a house goes up in flames… Night falls and the ashes fly away. Users really experience the bombing. The square wakes up in ruins, but not for long. Visitors take part in the reconstruction of the buildings and are eventually reunited with the modern day Grand-Place. Archaeologists, historians and architects have been involved in the conception of this virtual reality in order to adhere to historical fact as closely as possible.

To enjoy the experience with family, a children’s version is available. Even though there is no precise legislation the museum offers children under 12 years of age an experience that is shorter but just as intense.

To develop the virtual reality experience, the museum called on the services of Eternitease: www.eternitease.tv

Prices : € 2