Practical Information

For practical and safety reasons, the Museum prefers working with the following caterers. After years of experience, we have an impressive network of event suppliers who can help you: floral design, light&sound, entertainment, etc. Do not hesitate to ask!


For more practical information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our Events FAQ page.


Events household rules.pdf




Disassembly of our mammoth

38 million specimens in our collections. A staff of scientists and non-scientists exceeding 400 employees. Over 325,000 visitors in 2017, including 55,000 participants in our educational and cultural activities.

The Institute is world-renowned for its research and its collections, both those on display at the Museum and those in our preservation rooms. Scientists from the world over come to visit us or wish to collaborate in our research. Our Museum has one of the largest dinosaur halls - the biggest in Europe -, and definitely the most impressive number of iguanodons shown to the public. Every school day, hundreds of children visit the Museum and participate in the workshops, tours or activities organized by the Educational Services.

Whether a private individual or a corporate entity, you can support the Institute and the Museum to continue being on top of the latest scientific research and offering the highest quality visitors experience. We count on your help to fulfil our mission of collecting, showing, educating and researching!

There are a number of ways to become a supporter of the Museum:

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful book, a fluffy toy, a fearsome dinosaur, a genuine rock or mineral, or a nature sounds CD and DVD, you will find all of this and much more in our MuseumShop (Tuesday to Sunday).

For a great gift or a cheeky souvenir, pay a visit the MuseumShop! Your purchases also contribute towards the development of our exhibitions and to the research that lies at the heart of our Institute.

Our collection includes books (the Museum’s publications, field guides, and children’s books), toys (ah, those dinosaurs…), genuine minerals and semi-precious stones, postcards, binoculars, naturalist’s magnifying glasses, T-shirts, caps, mugs, and other Museum branded gifts, and ambient nature sounds CD's and DVD's, all based around the themes of the Museum’s halls and exhibitions.

Who are we?

  What are a natural science museum and a research institute for? Official texts establish our mission. Several research units and services are always further investigating our planet and life upon it. Climate monitoring, nature conservancy, zoological and geological research are only a few of our activities. And, of course, the Museum holds a leading position in the field of anthropology and prehistory. In the annual report, you find an overview of our activities. Since we aim at the future here, we attach great importance to international collaboration in all our mission fields. The Museum is also active in all kinds of associations. Interested to learn about the activities of some of our project groups and partners? Check out the links page. To get into touch with one of our researchers or services, consult our staff guide. Interested in working at the museum? Click to find our current vacancies. 


 Science news, expedition logs and an overview of our Museum’s activities for visitors. Our halls only show a small piece of what the Museum has in store. The science news section allows you to explore our scientists’ research. And they go way beyond the walls of the Museum... Their expeditions lead them to all four corners of the world. Craving to take action yourself? The Museum Newspaper keeps you informed of the most recent activities and events in and about the Museum. Our electronic newsletter (in Dutch or French only) tells you all the latest about workshops, events, special tours, scientific discoveries... Discover the Museum with famous guides, fun contests, quizzes and more. Are you curious about the newest changes on our website? This section gives you an overview! 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. To celebrate the year's special theme, the Museum is organising a series of activities 


  The Museum acts as a showcase for scientific research conducted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, an internationally renowned center of which the Museum is an integral part. On November 24 2008, researchers could participate in an "open house day", where our scientific research was presented. For a complete overview, please click here (PDF document, 19MB, click here for the plugin, HTML version, all versions will open in a new window). The museum galleries show only a tiny fraction of the wealth of the RBINS. Its collection comprises some 37 million specimens; it is one of the ten most important of the world. Our library is also very impressive. You can consult age-old natural history books as well as the most recent scientific journals, popularizing works and wide range of maps. The RBINS does not only carry out its research work within its walls, but collaborates at various projects with many other institutions. Our researchers issue a great number of publications every year. Our own paper, CD-rom or DVD publications are listed here. You can also consult the 5th edition of the biobibliographic repertory (in French or Dutch). Under the auspices of UNESCO, the Congo2010 Consortium funds nine fellowships in the field of biological and environmental sciences. More information about the 10th ASWA Meeting

Baby rooms

You will find baby-changing tables in the toilets by the Mineral Hall (Floor -1), in the excavation section of the Dinosaur Gallery (Floor -2), and below the main staircase that connects the Dinosaur Gallery and the 250 Years of Natural Sciences Hall (Floor 0).

First Aid

The Museum is equipped with a cardiac defibrillator (at the entrance to the building), and a first aid point. In the event of an incident, please inform one of the Museum attendants. Help will be provided by people trained in first aid.

Free cloakroom and lockers

You can leave your coats, bags and umbrellas in the cloakroom free of charge. For valuables, we recommend you to use the coin-operated lockers (€ 1 coin).

The cloakroom and the lockers are located on the ground floor, just before the entrance to the Dinosaur Gallery.

Wheelchairs for visitor use

Two wheelchairs for visitor use are kept in the entrance hall. These can be reserved at Reception:

Museum and visitor code

So that everyone can have a pleasant visit please respect the guidelines outlined in our Visitor Regulations.

Whether you’re looking for museum branded T-shirts and mugs for the whole family, figurines of your favourite animals, a fluffy toy, a beautiful book, a field guide, genuine rocks and minerals, or a nature sounds CD, you will find all of this and much more in our MuseumShop (Tuesday to Sunday).

Explore our range of products in French or Dutch.

The MuseumShop is accessible without an admission ticket and is open from 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday to Friday (outside school holidays), and from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekends and during Belgian school holidays.

For more information, please call 02 627 44 00 or email


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