Maison du Roi/Broodhuis (Museum of the City of Brussels)
Known as the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis, the building opposite the town hall in Grand-Place/Grote Markt is home to the Museum of the City of Brussels. The aim of this museum, established in 1887 at the instigation of mayor Charles Buls, was to trace the history of the city and its crafts in an educational way. Its extensive collections feature some magnificent Brussels altarpieces, porcelain, paintings and many other artefacts synonymous with the Belgian capital. Its neo-Gothic style is attributable to architect Victor Jamaer, who was commissioned to rebuild the old Maison du Roi/Broodhuis, which was demolished in 1876-1877. Jamaer used archive documents and archaeological research on the old building and also other buildings of the period to restore it to its former glory. His meticulous work combined with the building’s unique location in Grand-Place/Grote Markt lend it an obvious cachet, drawing the attention of tourists from Belgium and further afield and encouraging them to discover what it has to offer. (Listed 09/03/1936)
Guided tours focusing on the paintings, tapestries and models in the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis’s collection, bearing witness to Brussels residents’ close affinity with their neighbourhoods and their meeting and gathering places such as parks, markets and churches: Sat. & Sun. at 11:30 and 15:30 (in French); 14:00 (in Dutch).
An encounter with experts specialising in heritage conservation. As a commercial, administrative, judicial and cultural space, the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis has served as a meeting place throughout its history. However, this splendid building and UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the gems of the Grand-Place/Grote Markt, is suffering from the ravages of time. Studies are being carried out to assess its condition and find ways to ensure its long-term conservation. At the end of summer 2021, scaffolding will be installed for a month along one of the façades to trial, among other things, cleaning different types of materials, repairing or replacing stones, frames and stained-glass windows and restoring polychrome and gilding. Experts will be on hand at the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis on Saturday and Sunday from 13:30 to 16:30 to tell you all about this project and answer your questions. Meeting point: in front of the building.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 17:00
Grand-Place/Grote Markt, Brussels
By reservation only