Nocturnes 2024


Once again this year, the Institute of Natural Sciences opens its doors for the 23rd edition of Brusselsmuseums' Nocturnes. We are expecting you on Thursday 23 May from 5pm onwards!  Visit our wondrous exhibits and discover an array of exciting activities curated exclusively for this evening.

  • Thursday 23 May 2024
  • 17:00 - 22:00
  • 1 ticket = 1 museum (standard rate : 6€, -26 years old : 3€, children under 13 : free)
  • Ticket


Programme :

  • EXPO Giants
  • BEHIND THE SCENES The mysteries of the Institute
  • GUIDED TOUR Discover the giants of our Earth!
  • WORKSHOP Mindgame!
  • CONCERT Fanfare Boentje



GIANTS, a journey through time to meet 11 gigantic animals that lived     after the dinosaurs. An ENOURMOUS chance to feel small as can be next to these live-sized giants!


BEHIND THE SCENES: The mysteries of the Institute

Are you also curious about what lies behind the Museum's closed doors? On this tour, we open these doors especially for you. You will discover that the Institute of Natural Sciences is much more than the Museum. You will walk through various work rooms, take a look at the scientists' offices and enter some unique storage rooms with hundreds of specimens. During your tour through various corridors and staircases, you will also get to know the beautiful architecture of the Institute's buildings. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to go behind the scenes.

Booking mandatory :

EN : 20.00 – booking via this link.

NL : 18.00 – booking via this link.

FR : 17.00 / 19.00 – booking via this link.


GUIDED TOUR :  Discover the giants of our earth!

Travel back in time with our guides as they take you on a breathtaking voyage of discovery through the most gigantic giants in Earth's history. You will witness the discovery of the famous iguanodons of Bernissart while learning all about fossilization and excavations. You will meet such stars as Stegosaurus, Diplodocus, Maiasaura and Tyrannosaurus. 

 Come face to face with a giant snake or a rhino that was as big as a giraffe! Don't shy away from the saber-toothed tiger or the Megalodon? Then the guide will take you on a tour among these wondrous animals and teach you how they lived, why they got so big and how they finally disappeared.

Booking mandatory :

EN : 18.15 / 21.15 – booking via this link.

NL : 17.15 / 20.15 – booking via this link.

FR : 17.15 / 18.15 / 20.15 / 21.15 – booking via this link.


WORKSHOP : MindgameAre you a fan of board games? And natural sciences? 

Explore biodiversity, evolution and prehistory through a selection of captivating board games. It's a fun experience that awakens curiosity and enriches knowledge!


CONCERT : The Boentje brass band

Fanfare Boentje is a group of peïs and meïs from Brussels and beyond, playing music that's as eclectic as it is committed, and as full of joie de vivre as it is exotic. A brass band journey to everywhere without leaving home.



Tonight, the Institute of Natural Sciences exceptionally opens its enchanting terrace for a festive apero. Bask in the evening sun, savoring Lebanese flavours, homemade mocktails and delicious drinks overlooking the sprawling museum garden. Served to you by Yalla Yalla at democratic prices, this apero is open to anyone in possession of a ticket for the Nocturnes at the Institute of Natural Sciences.

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