Museum of the National Bank of Belgium
Constructed in 1872 to plans by architect Désiré De Keyser, the building that once housed the Union du Crédit Belge bank still retains a number of its original features, in particular the two metal-framed glass roofs prefiguring the Art Nouveau period and also certain elements of its interior decor. The entrance hall leads into the former counter halls. The first of these, the current atrium, still has its arcaded gallery and huge roof lantern, while the other, at the rear of the building, continues to exhibit clear traces of the layout of the bank counters. The building is adorned with many sculptures, including a skull and various monstrous shapes, as well as other neo-Gothic fantastical elements, produced in the workshops of Georges Houtstont. It was meticulously restored some years ago, returning the ironwork and also the cement floor tiles to their former glory. The Museum of the National Bank of Belgium moved into the premises in 2018 and has made use of the attractive setting to offer a fresh perspective on the artefacts on display. (Listed 29/02/1984)
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30; 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (in Dutch).
Exhibition focusing on ornamentalist Georges Houtstont and his prolific output in Brussels and the rest of Belgium.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères/Warmoesberg 57, Brussels
By reservation only