Museum of the National Bank of Belgium (fully booked)
Constructed in 1872 to plans by the architect Désiré De Keyser, the building that once housed the Union du Crédit Belge bank still retains some features of its original neoclassical design, as can be seen from its two upper floors and certain elements of its interior decor. A long vaulted corridor and a hallway afford access to two perfectly preserved counter halls, the larger of which has an arcaded gallery and is topped with a huge glass canopy. The building is adorned with many sculptures, including a skull and various monstrous shapes, produced in the workshops of Georges Houtstont. It was meticulously restored some years ago, returning the ironwork and, most notably, the ceramic floor tiling 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, which include rare and antique books, important archives, banking machinery, a unique collection of medals and coins – the oldest of which dates from the 7th century BCE – and close to 25,000 banknotes from all over the world. (Listed since 29 February 1984)
Guided tours, Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 (French), 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30 (Dutch).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 17:00
Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères/Warmoesberg 57, Brussels
Guided tours only – advance booking required