The Archives of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (ARMFAB) are tasked with conserving, communicating and promoting the use of the institution's historical archives (documents produced or received by the institution in and through the exercise of its functions and activities), as well as a small number of archive funds of organisations or private individuals historically linked to the institution.
In all, the Archives represent just over 600 running metres of archives. The earliest records date from the late 18th century and are slightly pre-date the consular decree of 14 Fructidor IX (the 'Chaptal Decree') creating the Museum of Brussels.
The Guide to the ARMFAB funds and collections (soon available on this site in a pdf) provides summaries of the different funds and collections, mentioning for each of them, at a minimum, the precise name of the fund/collection, the extreme dates (period covered), the size in running metres, a brief description of the archives producer, a brief description of the content, any earlier research tools (records-diaries of correspondence, files, lists) or modern research tools (inventories), and information on communicability.
The Archives do not contain:
- the Museum's working files (the individual documentary files, one per artwork): they are part of the institution’s archives but are located in the conservation departments;
- publications, with rare exceptions.
To consult the Archives
By appointment only, subject to availability of seats in the reading room, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 16.00.
Address for consultation: Rue du Musée/Museumstraat 5 - 1000 Brussels.
Closing periods in 2013-2014
- 10/06/2013 to 25/06/2013
- 15/07/2013 to 26/07/2013
- 6/11/2013 to 15/11/2013
- 24/12/2013 to 03/01/2014
Archives temporarily unavailable for consultation owing to processing
Funds of the 3-yearly Brussels salons:
- salons of 1884, 1887, 1890, 1893, 1900 and 1903 (until 15 May 2013)
- salons of 1872, 1875, 1878 and 1881 (until 15 August 2013)
- salons of 1833, 1836, 1842, 1845, 1848, 1851, 1860, 1863, 1866 and 1869 (until 1 December 2013)
Michèle Van Kalck
Postal address: Rue du Musée/Museumstraat 9 - 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0)2 508 33 98
Fax: +32 (0)2 508 32 32