Temporary Exhibition » Teddy and Bear

  • visual of the exhibition Teddy & Bear: a Brown bear with a teddy bear
  • A young visitor and her teddy bear in front of the drawing of a sleeping polar bear in the exhibition Teddy and Bear (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS)

Teddy and Bear

Thu, 18/10/2018 to Sun, 01/09/2019

Teddy & Bear, an exhibition children can visit with their teddy.

When you were little you probably had a teddy bear, but did you ever want to find out more about real bears? Get to know the necessities in Teddy & Bear!

Our temporary exhibition will explain their evolution and relationship with prehistoric humans. We’ll answer questions such as when and where did bears first emerge? How long have bears and humans coexisted in Europe? Were there cave bears in Belgium? Did prehistoric humans hunt them?

The exhibition also focuses on how they live. How many bear species are there today? What are their characteristics? What are they like? Where do they live? Are they really clumsy? Are some of them good swimmers, climbers and runners? Do they only eat honey? Do they all go to sleep in winter? Is the yeti a bear too?

We’ll also explore bears’ complicated relationships with humans. In different places and time periods, these plantigrades (animals who walk on their feet and toes on the ground) have fascinated and scared humans in equal measure. They have also been mocked, reduced to carnival entertainment and even killed. Today they are sometimes symbolic of different regions and are protected all over the world. Six species are endangered; in the future will our teddies be the only bears left? As a partner in the Teddy & Bear exhibition, the WWF presents one of its bear protection projects to which you can contribute.

Teddy & Bear showcases taxidermy specimens, fossils, multimedia displays, videos, interactive installations, 3D reconstructions, as well as teddies. Children aged 4 to 104 will love getting to know these fascinating wild animals.

CHILDREN'S TRAIL: Bring Your Teddy Along!
Armed with their bear and a special badge, younger children (4+) can follow a specially made interactive trail through the exhibition. They’ll observe, imitate, compare and match to discover bears while having fun!

This Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences exhibition was adapted from an exhibition created by the French National Museum of Natural History (Paris), which was in turn adapted from the original exhibition created by the Toulouse Natural History Museum.


Museum Nights Brussels: Thursday 22.11.2018

Gypsy jazz, a storyteller who takes you to the origins of everything, strange characters making you laugh, and Teddy & Bear, our new exhibition children can visit with their teddy!

Lots of visitors for TEDDY & BEAR: be prepared and avoid the queue!

For safety reasons and for the comfort of the visitors, access to the exhibition TEDDY & BEAR is limited. During weekends and school holidays the afternoon block is usually quickly overbooked. Therefore, we suggest you to come in the morning or to come and buy your ticket in advance at the ticket desk (mention day and preferred time of visit - not possible for the free first Wednesday of the month from 13.00).

For groups (+15 individuals) reservation is obligatory, even if it is not a guided tour. You can book your visit via reservations@naturalsciences.be or +32 (0)2 627 42 52 (on a weekday from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 16.30).

Opening times and admission fees
Opening times
During the Belgian school yearclosed9.30
During Belgian school holidays (which are at least a week long) and weekendsclosed10.00
  • Last entry for temporary exhibitions is one hour before the Museum closes.
  • Last entry for the permanent exhibition halls is 30 minutes before the Museum closes.
  • The Museum is closed on the 25st of December, 1st of January, and 1st of May.
  • Consult the dates of the Belgian school holidays.
Admission fees (permanent halls + Teddy & Bear)
  • 7 € : children aged 4-17 (accompanied by a paying adult)
  • 8,50 € : students*, Seniors (65+), Friends of the Institute, Disabled visitors, FED+
  • 9,50 € : adults

* Belgian students aged 17-26 with a valid student card and students with BILL/EYCA/Carte J

Entrance to the permanent exhibition halls and the temporary exhibitions is free:

  • for everybody on the first Wednesday of every month, after 13:00
  • for children under four (for Teddy & Bear) and under six (for the permanent exhibitions), accompanied by at least one paying adult
  • for Museum annual pass holders
  • for people accompanying disabled visitors
  • for ICOM members
  • for teachers with professional ID

Annual pass

Are you a fan of the Museum’s galleries and exhibitions? Pick up an annual pass to get a year's unlimited access to 10,000 m2 of permanent and temporary exhibitions. You’ll also receive a 20% discount on our Holiday Camps and 10% off all of your purchases, such as books, games or souvenirs, at the MuseumShop. The pass also entitles you to discounted tickets at other great attractions (pdf in FR) such as Antwerp Zoo, Planckendael and Technopolis. Subscribe now!

€ 30: adults
€ 20: children aged 6-17 (accompanied by a paying adult), students, seniors (65+), Friends of the Institute and disabled visitors | Until the end of the exhibition the annual pass is available for children from 4 years old

Register now online to enjoy a year of unlimited access to our exhibitions!

B-Excursions: combined tickets Train + Teddy & Bear

Visit the Museum with B-ExcursionsThe SNCB offers tickets combining a train fare with admission to the Museum that are on sale in all Belgian railway stations. There are several options:

To visit the permanent exhibition halls only:

To visit the permanent exhibition halls and the TEDDY & BEAR exhibition: B-Excursion for individuals and groups

Please note:

  • The B-Excursion tickets have to be exchanged for entrance tickets at the Museum’s ticket desk. Please print your online B-Excursion ticket.
  • Groups are always required to book in advance, first with the Museum, and then with the SNCB. For more information on travelling as a group, please visit the SNCB website.
  • Admission to the permanent exhibition halls and the temporary exhibitions is free on the first Wednesday of every month, after 13:00. Therefore we advise you not to buy B-Excursion for those afternoons.

Other questions? See our practical information.

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