In this 17th-century house on the corner of Impasse du Val des Roses/Rozendaal and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat, the City of Brussels displays a selection of the clothes donated to Manneken Pis over the years. The first references to this diminutive statue of a urinating boy date from the 15th century, but the current figure is a replica of a sculpture commissioned from Jérôme Duquesnoy in 1619. The costume collection now includes more than 1,000 pieces, the oldest of which goes back to the 18th century.
Some of the outfits hail from Belgium’s former colony and trust territories, having been donated between 1946 and 1953 to the statue which has become a symbol of Brussels and its inhabitants. They include that of a 2nd-class soldier in the Force Publique of the Belgian Congo, that of an Intore (warrior dancer) presented by the Mwami (king) of what was then Ruanda (now Rwanda), and that of a Murundi dancer from Burundi. Join the tour to learn more about these specific vestiges of Belgium’s colonial past!
Guided tours contextualising three Manneken Pis costumes:
Sat. and Sun.: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00.
Sat. and Sun.: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 17:00
Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat 19, Brussels
Reservation only for guided tours