Programme

Walking tour

The colours of Brussels urban transport

In 2006, Brussels public transport company STIB/MIVB replaced its familiar yellow livery with metallic grey, sparking a massive outcry – and with good reason: the visual impact of its vehicles on the urban landscape was transformed to such an extent that for a time the change threatened the latter’s identity. Public transport companies display their colours in all kinds of places, from their vehicles and their staff’s uniforms to their logos, tickets, stops and shops. Through its use of colour, STIB/MIVB asserts its presence in the public space while also ensuring that its vehicles and infrastructure are easily recognised. The collections at the Museum of Urban Transport Brussels (more commonly known as the ‘Tram Museum’) tell the colourful story of public transport in Brussels, beginning some 150 years ago when the first American tram ran down Avenue Louise/Louizalaan to the Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos. This tour, guided by an expert on Brussels public transport, will help you to contextualise this fascinating museum by taking you back to where it all started, namely Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan at the time of its inauguration during the 1897 International Exhibition.

In French only.

In cooperation with Once in Brussels.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30, 13: 45 and 16:30 (duration: 1 hour 45 minutes).

Starting point: in front of the Museum of Urban Transport Brussels, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 364, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe
Advance booking required at www.onceinbrussels.be (in the ‘Activities’ dropdown menu, select ‘Discoveries and lectures’ and click on ‘Heritage Days: The colours of Brussels urban transport’ to book your place). Up to 20 people per tour.
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8 39 44 Musée du Tram - Trammuseum
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36 Musée du Tram - Trammuseum