|Outside (Belgian) holiday periods||closed||9.30
|During (Belgian) school holidays||closed||10.00
Tickets for temporary exhibitions can be purchased until one hour before closing time, tickets to the permanent halls can be purchased up to a half hour before closing time.
The Museum is closed on 25 December, on 1 January and on 1 May.
Holiday and School Vacation Calendar for Belgium (this website will be opened in a new window)
|Admission fees||Adults||Students (with valid student card), senior citizens over 65, Friends of the Institute, disabled persons||6 to 17 year olds (accompagnied by a paying adult)||0 to 5 year olds (visiting with a paying adult), teachers (with teacher card), carers of disabled person, ICOM||Annual season ticket holders|
+ Baby Animals
|€ 7,50||€ 6,50||€ 5,50||free||free|
|Permanent galleries||€ 7||€ 6||€ 4,50||free||free|
|Annual Season Ticket for permanent galleries + temporary exhibitions||€ 30||€ 20||€ 20||-||-|
|paleoLAB||+ € 2||+ € 2||+ € 2||+ € 2||+ € 2|
Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1 pm.
|At least 15 persons||Adults||2 to 25 year olds|
|Permanent galleries||€ 6||€ 2,5|
+ Baby Animals
|€ 8,50||€ 5|
- Free admission for one supervisor per group of 15 persons. Free admission for teachers with a valid teachers card. Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1 pm.
- Advance booking compulsory for all groups: phone +32 (0)2 627 42 52 (weekdays 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.30)
|Guided tours||15 persons per guide||Adults, week days||Adults, weekends and holidays||2 to 25 year olds|
|Guided tour||€ 62||€ 75||€ 35|
|Workshops and animations|
|Maximum 20 persons||Workshops and paleoLAB||XperiLAB.be (outside of the Museum)|
|Per participant||€ 3 (extra fee)||€ 2|
B-Excursions: all-in ticketsThe B-Excursions formula includes a return 2nd class train journey, admission to the Museum and your connection by bus, tram or metro, if necessary. You only have to pay once and everything is included in your ticket. Advance booking is compulsory for groups, first with the Museum and then with the railway company (*).
- Tickets including permanent galleries and Baby Animals:
- individual B-Excursion and B-Excursion for groups: codes 510 and 511 (Dutch or French*)
- B-Excursion for school groups: code 512 (Dutch or French*)
- Tickets including permanent galleries only:
With this card, Brussels will open its doors to you: you will have free admission to the permanent collections of almost thirty Brussels museums, and for three days, you will be able to use public transport free of charge. At over 20 typical Brussels attractions and shops, you will also receive 25% discount. A handy info booklet will help you find your way around the city. Three version : 24 H Brussels Card (24 €), 48 H Brussels Card (34 €) and 72 H Brussels Card (40 €).
The Brussels Card is available at the admissions desk at the Museum.
For more information: www.brusselscard.be*.
Accepted payment methods
The admissions desk accepts cash, Bancontact, Eurocard-MasterCard, VISA and Proton.
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Museum of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29
Tel: +32 (0)2 627 42 11 (mon-fri, 7.30-17.00)
Public transport is strongly recommended (few parking possibilities in the vicinity of the Museum).
Brussels-Luxemburg Station, a 5 minutes walk from the Museum (see 'Admission fees' for the B-excursion all-in ticket possibilities).
Bus 38 or 95, stop 'Idalie' (Troonstraat - Rue du Trône)
Bus 34 or 80, stop 'Museum' (opposite the Museum)
Line 1 or 5, underground station 'Maalbeek-Maelbeek' (a 10 minutes walk from the Museum)
Line 2 of 6, underground station 'Troon-Trône' (a 10 minutes walk from the Museum)
There are numerous 'Villo!' stations in the area of the Museum. The nearest station, No. 102, is situated just outside the Museum, at the bottom of the outside staircase (facing No. 229-233 Chaussée de Wavre).
More information on public transport services and itineraries (these websites will be opened in a new window):
- website SNCB-NMBS* (train)
- website 'Europe by train'* (Thalys, Eurostar …)
- website MIVB-STIB* (underground, tram, bus in Brussels)
- website De Lijn* (underground, tram, bus in Flanders)
- website TEC* (underground, tram, bus in Wallonia)
- website Villo! (self-hire bikes to rent in Brussels)
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The museum is accessible to people with disabilities (free entry for the person accompanying them upon purchase of a disabled concession ticket).
Access and parking
Two parking spaces in the museum’s main car park are reserved for holders of a disabled parking badge.
Will you be arriving by public transport? The brochure ‘Bruxelles en fauteuil’ (Brussels in a wheelchair) contains a colour-coded street map indicating how accessible the pavements are: www.bruxellesenfauteuil.be*.
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A ramp offers access to the museum entrance from the car park. As the doors are not automatic, please request the assistance of the car park attendant. In the entrance hall, a lift which has been specially developed for wheelchair users gives access to the cloakrooms below.
Please note that for groups, access from the entrance hall to the cloakrooms via this lift takes a certain amount of time, and should be taken into account when planning your visit.
In the entrance hall, two wheelchairs are available for your use. They can be reserved at reception:
- by mail: email@example.com
- by telephone: +32 (0)2 627 41 98 or +32 (0)2 627 44 52
There are two main lifts (A and B) that are accessible to everyone, and several lifts which are reserved for wheelchair users. If a lift becomes unavailable, the gallery attendant will indicate another route.
Activities for the blind and visually impaired
For children over five years, we recommend a visit to the paleoLAB. It offers a wide variety of fun activities and includes numerous objects – such as fossils and minerals – that can be handled (that is in fact the key to this discovery area!).
Our Museum has won the Accessibility Award in the Brussels Tourism Awards 2013.
If you fancy a snack or a drink or if you feel like you could eat like a dinosaur, try our Dino Café!
It offers a wide range of products, to go or to eat on the spot. Sandwiches, salads, soups, hot dishes, and hotdogs… will certainly please children.
Ask for group or birthday specials. Information (Dino Café only): 02 640 21 60 (Tel / Fax)
Inside the Museum (next to the Dino Café):
Upon prior reservation on 02 627 42 52 or 02 627 42 34, groups with their own packed lunch can use the picnic area next to the Dino Café. Soft drinks and sweets are available in the vending machines.
Outside the Museum, 10 picnic tables are available behind the statue of the Ishango bone, near the Museum entrance.
A lovely book? An adorable cuddly toy? A terrifying dino? Real minerals? A delightful CD? A great poster? Our Museum shop offers this and so much more...
You’ll find lots of nice gifts and souvenirs in our Museum Shop. The museum shop is accessible without a museum visit within the Museum's opening hours. Please ask for more information at the entrance of the Museum.
A few things from our range: books, publications, catalogues of the museum, field guides, books for children, toys (dinosaurs,...), little minerals and gemstones, postcards, posters, binoculars and magnifying glasses, T-shirts, caps, key chains, CD's with nature music, DVD's...
Telephone: +32 (0)2 627 44 00
Fax: +32 (0)2 627 45 57
Consult our online calendar for an overview of the Museum's activities and excursions.
We offer several thematic tours in English. For information or booking of English guided tours: +32 (0)2 627 42 52.