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The city is not just pavements, walls and concrete. It is often unexpectedly full of animal life and vegetation!

Who would have thought that a slowworm could be hiding in a corner of your garden? Have you ever tried to follow a blue-winged grasshopper along the railway verge? Or have you experienced a day in the life of a hedgehog? Even though the city may sometimes appear gloomy and grey, it is full of surprises!

Insect Hall

The Insect and Shell halls permanently closed their doors on 18 April 2017.

Mineral Hall

In 1828 crown prince William II of the Netherlands and his wife, the sister of tsar Alexander I, donated 808 Russian rocks and minerals to the Brussels Museum, the precursor of the current Museum of Natural Sciences.

These were the first pieces of our geological collection, which today contains more than 5,000 Belgian and 25,000 foreign pieces (or 80% of the types known worldwide). It includes tens of thousands of twin crystals, 500 cut stones, nearly 140 meteorites (four of which fell in Belgium), wonderful fluorescent minerals and even a very rare sample of lunar rock.

Dinosaur Gallery

With a surface area of over 3000 m2 and dozens of specimens, the Dinosaur Gallery is the largest room in Europe entirely devoted to dinosaurs, their discovery, lives and evolution.

Dinosaurs first appeared nearly 230 million years ago, at the end of the Triassic period. During the Jurassic period, they multiplied and diversified, colonizing every continent. They became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago. But did they really disappear? We’re not so sure!

Open Trails for Schools

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

250 Years of Natural Sciences

The monastery wing next to the Dinosaur Gallery lets you learn about twenty historic milestones and discover fourteen splendid specimens, each of which has a remarkable story to tell about the history of the museum and its institute. Amazing discoveries, new scientific theories, splendid items from the collection, all bear witness to their time and the progress of natural science. At six key moments you will experience the transition from an 18th century curiosity cabinet, to a storeroom, to a scientific research centre and innovative museum in the 21st century. During this thrilling voyage through the world of natural sciences, you will find out how contemporary scientists have been transformed into fully-fledged conservationists. The following article will offer further details about what you can expect to find in the room and about modern-day researchers whose point of view has been shaped by the history of the natural sciences over a period of 250 years.


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