Permanent Exhibition

250 Years of Natural Sciences

In this room are the fantastic results of memorable scientific expeditions, unusual excavations, moving events and remarkable specimens that trace the evolution of our museum. With its 37 million specimens (minerals, dinosaurs, insects, shells and mammals from both land and sea), today the museum’s collection is the third largest natural science collection in Europe, only exceeded by Paris and London! Charles de Lorraine would never have imagined this impressive establishment when he started his curiosity cabinet in 1751 !

  • All ages
  • Approximately 1 hour
  • Included in the entry ticket
  • Point 13 on the map

Remarkable Elements

Antarctic Meteorite

A Belgian-Japanese team has collected no fewer than 425 meteorites from the Nansen blue ice field in Antarctica.

The Petrified Forest of Hoegaarden

The construction of the high-speed rail link between Brussels and Liege laid bare hundreds of fossilized tree stumps and trunks.

The Tasmanian Wolf

The thylacine, or Tasmanian "wolf", is an Australian marsupial that has been systematically eliminated. The last specimen of this species died in 1936...

Expertise Against Illegal Animal Trading

Fewer than 3,200 Siberian tigers, Panthera tigris altaica, remained in the wild in 2010

The Belgica

The very first international scientific expedition to Antarctica was initiated by a Belgian!

The Ishango Bone

The Ishango Bone was unearthed on the Congolese shore of Lake Edward in 1950...

The Lier Mammoth

During work in 1860, the bones of two adult mammoths and a young one were unearthed!

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