Open trails

For a family or class visit without a guide, download our thematic trails which will guide you through one or more halls. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Trichopteryx dixoni

Free trail for Kids : Baby Animals

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families

On this trail, you will meet baby animals from the past, present and future! Find the 6 letters of the mystery word and go to the MuseumShop to receive a special card. It will help you take funny photos of yourself, your family, your friends or your favorite animal!

The Baby Animals trail is designed for families with children aged 6 to 12. It is a thematic route through the Dinosaur Gallery, the Gallery of Evolution and BiodiverCITY. Approximate duration: 45 minutes.

The tour is trilingual (FR-NL-EN) and freely available in the Museum, near the cloakroom while stocks last, or in a pdf format below.

Age category:
from 6 to 12 years old
Conditions:

Freely available

The Dinosaur Gallery in Street View

Walk online through our Museum thanks to Google

Target Audience(s):
Individuals

The Museum of Natural Sciences has created, specially for  the new ‘Natural History’ section in the Google Arts & Culture platform, 5  online exhibitions:

You will find out about the Museum’s finest specimens and curiosities, such as the Stone of Chaleux, the Lier Mammoth or the ‘Sea rex’ Hainosaurus bernardi. The stories are based on texts, photos, videos and Street Views and are available in French, Dutch, German and English, as well as Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian for the three first of them.

You will find, on the page dedicated to our Museum, the link to the complete Street View of its permanent exhibition spaces,  introducing almost 200 specimens and archive documents.

Moreover, “A Short Guided Tour”, a selection of the museum’s nicest spots, can even be visited in virtual reality, with a Google Cardboard! This experience can be enjoyed by all on the Google Arts & Culture mobile app.

Our Natural Selection: short animation videos tell the story of six must-see exhibits in our Museum. (Image: RBINS)

Free trail on your smartphone: Our Natural Selection

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families, Adults

Turn your smartphone into a video guide with the free izi.TRAVEL-app and check the 'Our Natural Selection' Tour. Animations and archive photos tell you the story of 6 of our must-see exhibits. Get to know them in a whole different way!

Featured in 'Our Natural Selection': the humpback whale in the entrance hall, the world famous Iguanodon of Bernissart, our “Sea rex” – a 12,5m long mosasaur! –, the primitive horse from Messel, the magnificent Mammoth from Lier and, last but not least, the Spy Man, a Belgian Neanderthal.

To watch these short videos on your smartphone or tablet, simply download them using the free izi.TRAVEL-app (there is a WiFi hotspot in our entrance hall). The app will lead you on a tour around the Museum for some 30 minutes and is available in EN, FR or NL. Or check YouTube.

Conditions:

Free

Visual Trail "Our Masterpieces": two kids ready to follow a trail

Trail for Kids : Our Masterpieces

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families

Modern and extinct animals, and even animals from the future, fossils, terrestrial and extraterrestrial minerals, humans and prehistoric objects. It’s clear that you need more than one visit to the Museum to see everything! But thanks to these trails you can already discover 12 of our Masterpieces.

The trails (6-8 years and 9-12 years) are thematic routes through the Dinosaur Gallery, the Mosasaur Hall, the Gallery of Evolution, the room 250 Years of Natural Sciences and the Gallery of Humankind. Approximate duration: 60 minutes.

They are available for free in the Museum, near the cloakroom while stocks last,  or in a pdf format (check the 'Medias' section below). They are in Dutch, French, English, German, Russian or Spanish.

Age category:
from 6 to 12 years old
Conditions:

Freely available

Visual of the Carnival of the Animals trail: an ostrich with a mask blows in a kazoo

Trail for Kids : Carnival of the Animals

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families

On this tour, the animals will show you everything you need for a WILD carnival! Find the 6 letters of the mystery word and go to the MuseumShop to receive a special card. It will help you take funny photos of yourself, your family, your friends or your favorite animal!

The Carnival of the Animals trail is designed for families with children aged 6 to 12. It is a thematic route through the Dinosaur Gallery, the Gallery of Evolution, the Insect Hall, the Shell Hall and the Gallery of Humankind. Approximate duration: 45 minutes.

The tour is trilingual (FR-NL-EN) and freely available in a pdf format below.

Age category:
from 6 to 12 years old
Conditions:

Freely available

The meteorite when being discovered - Photograph by Vinciane Debaille (ULB)

Trail for Kids: Winter Tour

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families

Brrrr, winter is coming to the Museum! Put on your down jacket, your cap and your gloves and discover the animals and scientists who aren't afraid of the cold!

The Winter Tour is designed for families with children aged 8 to 12. It is a thematic route through three halls of the Museum of Natural Sciences: the Dinosaur Gallery, the 250 Years of Natural Science Hall and BiodiverCITY. Approximate duration: 45 minutes.

The tour is trilingual (FR-NL-EN) and freely available in a printable pdf format below.

Age category:
from 8 to 12 years old
Conditions:

Freely available

Bernissartia fagesii

Trail for Kids: Black Jaune Rood

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families

On this tour, you’ll discover some brilliant Belgian fossils! Complete the map on the cover and go to the MuseumShop to receive your mashup card. It will help you take funny photos of yourself, your family, your friends or your favorite animal!

The Black Jaune Rood trail is designed for families with children aged 6 to 12. It is a thematic route through the room 250 Years of Natural Sciences, the Dinosaur Gallery, the Mosasaur Hall and the Gallery of Humankind. Approximate duration: 45 minutes.

The tour is trilingual (FR-NL-EN) and freely available in a pdf format below.

Age category:
from 6 to 12 years old
Conditions:

Freely available

Tyrannosaurus rex

Trail for Kids: Jurassic World

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families

This tour introduces you to the stars of Jurassic World. Find the 6 letters of the mystery word and go to the MuseumShop to receive a special card. It will help you take funny photos of yourself, your family, your friends or your favorite animal!

The Jurassic World trail is designed for families with children aged 6 to 12. It is a thematic route through the Dinosaur Gallery and the Mosasaur Hall. Approximate duration: 45 minutes.

The tour is trilingual (FR-NL-EN) and freely available in a pdf format below.

Age category:
from 6 to 12 years old
Conditions:

Freely available

Erinaceus europaeus

Trail for Kids: Spring Tour

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families

On this tour meet our baby animals, find the 6 letters of the mystery word and go to the MuseumShop to receive a special card. It will help you take funny photos of yourself, your family, your friends or your favorite animal!

The Spring Tour is designed for families with children aged 6 to 12. It is a thematic route through four halls of the Museum of Natural Sciences: BiodiverCITY, the Dinosaur Gallery, the Gallery of Evolution and the Insects Hall. Approximate duration: 45 minutes.

The tour is trilingual (FR-NL-EN) and freely available in a pdf format below.

Age category:
from 6 to 12 years old
Conditions:

Freely available

Skull of Dunkleosteus marsaisi

Trail for Kids: Show Me Your Teeth

Target Audience(s):
Kids, Families

On the Show Me Your Teeth tour, you will test your powers of observation. Because if you want to know whether an animal is a carnivore or a herbivore, you have to look at its teeth – if it has any!

This tour is designed for families with children aged 8 to 12. It is a thematic route through three halls of the Museum of Natural Sciences: the Dinosaur Gallery, the Mosasaurs Room and the Evolution Gallery.

The tour is freely available in a pdf format below.

Age category:
from 8 to 12 years old
Conditions:

Freely available

Evolution gallery

Gallery of Evolution

Target Audience(s):
Schools
Evolutie galerij

Classification

Target Audience(s):
Secondary school
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