Belgian Chocolate Village Museum
The buildings at Rue De Neck/De Neckstraat 20, some of which now house the Belgian Chocolate Village interactive museum, weathered the 20th century and its two world wars. They were once the premises of the Victoria biscuit and chocolate factory. In its heyday, Victoria was one of Belgium’s biggest chocolate manufacturers and employed up to 4,000 people. When the company was founded in Koekelberg in 1896, it made biscuits, producing 131 different varieties in all. In 1908, it began producing chocolate too. It initially sold chocolate bars, chocolates in boxes bearing images of the royal family, and plain chocolate, later expanding its range to include milk chocolate and chocolate with added almonds or hazelnuts. It soon set up factories in the Netherlands and France as well. Inside the building, some traces of that period remain to this day, including a stairwell and various rooms covered with glazed ceramic tiles. Alongside a workshop and rooms featuring informative displays, the museum boasts a tropical greenhouse where the temperature is maintained at 28 °C and the humidity level at 85% all year round, enabling three cacao trees to flourish in conditions that imitate their natural habitat. Here you can find banana trees as well as roucou/annatto and turmeric side by side with pepper, chilli, vanilla, ginger, cardamom and mangos. With plenty to learn for visitors of all ages, there is nowhere else like this in Brussels!
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with E-Guides.
Sat., 10:00 to 18:00 and Sun., 10:00 to 13:00
Rue De Neck/De Neckstraat 20, Koekelberg
Guided tours and by reservation only