Research Institutes

Royal Museum for Central Africa  

The RMCA manages all scientific heritage related to Africa. The enormous collections contain more than 17 million animal specimens, minerals, pictures, films, ethnographic objects and documents. There are always temporary exhibitions being held in the museum , with the aim of informing the general public about the wealth of African culture. Moreover, as a scientific institution, the RMCA is an important international player in terms of African expertise. The museum's scientists produce more than 300 publications every year.

The RMCA also works with the RBINS on a number of scientific projects. The Congo Biodiversity Initiative was established in conjunction with the RMCA and other organisations to protect and develop the rich biodiversity of the Congo basin.



Botanic Garden Meise

The Botanic Garden Meise has a rich collection of living and non-living plants, as well as a seed bank which includes seeds from endangered indigenous plant species. The botanic gardens also have an extensive library.


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  • If you wish to use one or more downloadable images from our online press room for non-commercial use, we request that you mention the source (© Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences or © RBINS). For commercial use, contact the Communication service first.
  • If you would like high-resolution pictures, for a commercial or educational publication, please contact the Communication service.
  • If you would like to film or take professional photographs in the Museum, please contact the Communication service.

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

After coming here as children, on a school trip or with their families, our visitors generally know the Museum of Natural Sciences fairly well. They do not necessary know about the research institute behind it – the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

In this section you can learn about the four essential components of our mission, the institute’s new organisational structure that was introduced in 2013, its Belgian and international partners, its annual reports sinds 2009, and its Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

In 2014 our scientific departments (report summary) underwent a peer review. Subsequently, in 2016, our services to the public and the daily management of the Museum (report summary) were assessed as well. Both evaluations were commissioned by BELSPO (Federal Science Policy).

Would you like to help us in our mission? Find out the various ways in which you can help in the Support us’ section.



Publishing is one of the key things researchers do. It is the only way they can spread new knowledge to their colleagues and the general public. In addition, their ‘research output’ – the articles, expert reports, applications, etc. that they produce – is also an important criterion for funding, for the researchers themselves as well as for their research groups or institutions.

Our researchers publish around 800 expert reports and scientific articles per year. These scientific articles regularly appear in internationally renowned journals such as Nature and Science. However, our researchers also write around forty science outreach articles each year.

You can find all of these publications in our database.

The institute also publishes its own journals and scientific reports or monograph series. Their editing, publication, and distribution are coordinated by the Scientific Publications Unit.

For more information, please contact:

Isabelle Gérard, head of service

ordering printed copies

A full (but not up to date) list of RBINS scientific publications that are available in hardcopies can be consulted here:

Please send your orders by email to

Or visit our Museum Shop

Television journalist interviewing one of our animators in the Mosasaur Hall


A modern museum cannot work without its professional contacts: corporate sponsors; associates renting our exhibitions and journalists covering news from the museum and the institute, we are in day-to-day contact with all of them.

Do you or your company wish to associate itself with one of our much talked-about exhibitions or an innovative museum project? Would you like to become a partner of the museum in one way or another? We will be delighted to arrange a tailor-made collaboration, which would benefit both you and our museum.

You can learn about how to support the museum through fundraising, sponsoring and gifts.

Our touring exhibitions have been on display in the museum or will be in the following years. Today, they are available for rent by other museums and science centres.

Are you looking for a unique location to hold your event? We can offer you the full package: functional congress space, fascinating tours and even our museum galleries for dinners or receptions.

Journalists will find all information, pictures, and press releases about our activities in our virtual press room. Professional photographers and filmmakers are also welcome at the museum; you can schedule your visit with the communication service, who can also help if you wish to use one of the institute’s pictures, or need copyright information.

All funds raised through our professional contacts and partnerships are immediately reinvested in the institute and are used to help us fulfil our mission to collect, show, educate and research.

Sometimes, what starts as a small individual event turns into a long-lasting partnership in which both partners closely work together on a basis of equality and the search for joint benefits. Several of our corporate and other partners are already convinced and engaged in a meaningful and fertile partnership with our museum.

Whether becoming a long term financial partner, helping to make our most demanding renovation projects possible, or just finding the perfect relationship between your needs and our offer for your employees or clients, there are always ways to co-operate and start a beautiful story of partneship and mutual interests.

Contact us for more information.


  • Solvay and
  • WWF
  • National Bank of Belgium


Many of our projects would not be possible without the critical support of companies and major donors.

There are many ways in which you can support our activities, either by a general sponsorship of the Institute or the Museum or by the sponsoring of a specific project. You can become a sponsor of one of our temporary exhibitions, you can help finance the renovation of a Museum hall or the creation of an entirely new gallery.

Make our project your project: inspire your own employees and your own clients by sponsoring the Museum’s activities. By becoming a sponsor, you also work on your own corporate social responsibility. The Museum will be happy to testify in your annual CSR reporting about the benefits you created for us.

What is in it for you? You gain visibility with our more than 330,000 annual visitors, you have privileged access to our events facilities, you can negotiate benefits for your own employees and clients, you will improve your own CSR, etc. The possibilities to cooperate with us are almost endless and we will be happy to discuss any way to turn your sponsoring into a mutually beneficial corporate relationship!

Contact us for more information.

The institute and museum welcome any donations, big or small.

To make a direct donation, simply contribute via the following account:

   IBAN: BE 09 6792 0058 2357


Mention your name, address and, as message, 'Donation'. You will automatically receive a tax certificate for a donation over €40.

We would be delighted to receive donations to the museum, in kind or in cash, by testament or as part of an inheritance planning. Please contact us for further information.

For substantial financial gifts, we are open to discussing how you would like to see your gift contribute to the fulfilment of our mission. You can choose to be publically thanked or we will respect your wish for anonymity. A donation can also be part of your corporate social responsibility policy.

No matter the size of your donation, you will have helped children to discover the Museum and its collections, contributed to the knowledge of our natural sciences, or financed new galleries and research projects.

Contact us for more information.

Museum of Natural Sciences
29 Rue Vautier
1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0)2 627 42 11 (Monday to Friday, between 7:30 and 17:00)

If you would like more information about our exhibitions and activities you can:

If you would like to book a guided tour, a workshop, an activity, or a group visit:

  • Call us on +32 (0)2 627 42 52 (weekdays from 9:00 to12:00 and from 13:00 to 16:30)

If you would like to contact a member of our staff, ask a question about natural science, report a ringed bird you have found, or for any other enquiries:

If you would like to know more about organizing an event or to discuss a possible partnership:

If you would like to make a complaint about any of our services:

If you are not satisfied with the handling of your complaint:

  • Contact the Federal Ombudsman (in French or Dutch). The Federal Ombudsman helps you to solve your disputes with federal administrative authorities in a reliable and rapid manner.

Leaflet 'Complaint management'


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