Tourist Information

There are other museums nearby, notably:

The Brussels Card

The Brussels Card opens doors all over Brussels. For either 24, 48, or 72 hours, this card gives you free admission to the permanent exhibitions of over 30 Brussels museums, free travel on STIB public transport, and incredible discounts in designer boutiques, shops, exhibitions, restaurants, and other attractions in the city. You also receive a map of Brussels when you buy the Brussels Card. There are three options: the 24 hour Brussels Card (€24), the 48 hour Brussels Card (€36), and the 72 hour Brussels Card (€43). The Brussels Card is available at the museum tills.


To find out more about what Brussels has to offer in the way of culture, tourist attractions, fine dining, and hotels, please don’t hesitate to visit the following:

Taking photographs and filming in the museum is allowed, as long as flashes and tripods are not used, and on the condition that the resulting images are for personal use only and are not for professional or commercial purposes. The filming or taking photographs must also be done in such a way as not to disturb other visitors.

Filming or taking photographs for professional purposes is allowed subject to the prior authorisation of the Communication Service (Tel: +32 (0)2 627 43 77).


Loan Policy and how to visit

Collection Rules (available in both NL or FR)

Management of the collections

When loaned collections are returned or when new ones are added, the specimens undergo treatment (eg. low temperature freezing). "Orphaned collections" are examined and assigned to a collection manager and are given a place in the collection.



The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is a Belgian Federal State institution. It is part of the Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy (PPS Science Policy), a section of the Prime Minister's Offices.

It is involved in important scientific research activities and carries out public service missions. It is open to everyone through the Museum of Natural Sciences.

The Scientific Council offers advice on issues of a scientific nature that have an impact on the accomplishment of the tasks of the Institute.

The Nature Focus Management Commission, which comprises the RBINS and the Royal Museum for Central Africa, is responsible for the financial and practical management of the RBINS.

The Management Board is responsible for the day-to-day Institute’s management. In addition, the Institute’s General Director is also a full member of the Management Committee of the Federal Public Planning Service Belgian Science Policy.


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(Tekst in english) Jusqu’à la fin du XVIIIe siècle, les cabinets de curiosités, les ancêtres des musées, donnent à voir à un public restreint aussi bien des objets issus de la nature que des livres, des œuvres d’art ou des antiquités. Il s’agit de faire un inventaire le plus exhaustif possible des richesses de la nature et de l’industrie humaine et de les présenter dans un ordre cohérent par rapport aux conceptions qui sont celles de l’époque.


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