Maison du Roi/ Broodhuis (Museum of the City of Brussels) (fully booked)
Architect Victor Jamaer was commissioned to rebuild the old Maison du Roi/Broodhuis, which was demolished in 1876-1877. Wishing to restore it to its former splendour, he decided to construct it in neo-Gothic style, basing his design choices on archive documents and an archaeological study of the original building. The resulting edifice, adorned with intricate, lace-like openwork, is now home to the Museum of the City of Brussels. The museum was established in 1887 at the initiative of the Mayor at the time, Charles Buls, and is dedicated to the history of the city, with its Brabant heritage, and the crafts that won it international acclaim. The masterpieces on display here include the breathtaking Saluzzo Altarpiece, which dates from the very beginning of the 16th century and dazzles all who see it with its many-hued painted and sculpted panels; a vast tapestry cartoon (3.4 x 3.8 m) attributed to Pieter Coecke, which depicts the martyrdom of St Paul; a set of porcelain made in the manufactories founded by Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine in the 18th century; the Tristan and Isolde tapestries, a series of hangings woven in Brussels workshops in the 16th century; and marvellous paintings like the canvas illustrating one particularly tragic episode in Belgium’s history, namely the destruction of the Grand-Place/Grote Markt by fire. Along with magnificent sculptures, artefacts associated with the city’s guilds and a selection of silverware, all this makes for a fascinating visit. (Listed since 9 March 1936)
The guided tour Colours in Brussels throughout history looks at how the colours of Brussels have changed over history, illustrating this with items from the collection housed in the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis, Sat. & Sun. at 11:30 and 15:30 (French), 14:00 (Dutch) (duration: 1 hour).
Starting point: “Brussels in colours and comics, from the Middle Ages to the present day”.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 17:00
Grand-Place/Grote Markt, Brussels
Advance booking required