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Chimp in captivity (image from movie Unlocking the Cage, copyright: Pennebaker Hegedus Films)
Erwachsenen, Einzelne

Our temporary exhibition DIE AFFEN comes with 11 nocturnes! Visit the exhibition from 17.30 to 21.30 and attend a lecture or the screening of a documentary (followed by a debate) from 19.00.

During the nocturne on 17.05.2018, we will show you the movie Unlocking the Cage (in English, 91 min., by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker, 2016), about American lawyer Steven Wise's efforts to achieve legal rights for monkeys in captivity and other nonhuman animals, followed by a debate (in English and Dutch)

With Koen Margodt (Jane Goodall Institute Belgium)

Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Steve maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse. Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals.


  • 17.30 > 21.30: visit the exhibition DIE AFFEN (the other Museum halls are closed)
  • 19.00: screening of the documentary (in English), followed by a debate (in English and Dutch) in the auditorium
  • The Dino Café is open until 19.00.
  • No reservation
17 Mai 2018
17:30 bis 21:30

12 € (single price for film & debate + access to MONKEYS)

Primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal
Erwachsenen, Einzelne

To conclude the program of the nocturnes linked to our temporary exhibition DIE AFFEN, the famous primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal will give a lecture in BOZAR (Henry Le Boeuf Hall), entiteled Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? on May 29th 2018.

Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long. during the lecture, we’ll follow chimpanzees and bonobos, as well as crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats or whales.
Frans de Waal is head of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Atlanta, USA (EMORY University).


  • Lecture in English
  • At BOZAR, Henry Le Boeuf Hall
  • By reservation only via BOZAR TICKETS (02 507 82 00)
  • No evening visits to the exhibition at the Museum on Tuesday 29th of May 2018
29 Mai 2018

20 €

By reservation only via BOZAR TICKETS (02 507 82 00)

Kids Day (photo: Jane Goodall Institute Belgium)
Kids, Familien

The Jane Goodall Institute Belgium organises free activities in connection with the exhibition MONKEYS every third Sunday of the month (except July and August) at the Museum. Usual admission fees for the exhibitions

Information and workshop with the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium

Discover the conservation work the Jane Goodall Institute does with chimpanzees and what you can do from home. Try out the quiz!

Become an ape!  Live like a bonobo, a chimpanzee or a gorilla. (from 8 to 12 years old)

  • 10:00 > 18:00
  • Free
    • Information and advance booking via email at info@janegoodall.be (possibility to do the workshop in English if sufficient number of children enrolled beforehand)
    • NL 14:00 > 15:30
    • FR 15:45  >17:15
    • Free
15 April 2018, 20 Mai 2018, 17 Juni 2018
10:00 bis 18:00

Free activities

  • Information and workshop with the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium: for everyone
  • Become an ape!: from 8 to 12 years old
  • Free activities and usual admission fees to the Museum
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