Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces When art meets technology

Digital experience

permanent exhibition

Bruegel / Unseen Masterpieces

Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces allows members of the public to delve into the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder († Brussels, 1569). While the artist and his paintings are instantly recognisable worldwide, every composition also depicts a whole host of characters - some surprising, others familiar - and vignettes that provide the subtext of history, which are masterpieces worthy of exploration in their own right.

Drawing on a wide spectrum of virtual and on-site experiences, this unique initiative offers everyone the chance to immerse themselves in Bruegel’s works by honing in on the details of each painting and accessing expert knowledge. By delving deeper into the artist’s world, the viewer will discover the unexpected elements in Bruegel’s works which constitute the pinnacle of the Flemish master’s craft. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium launched this project jointly with the Google Cultural Institute in anticipation of the 450th anniversary of Bruegel’s death, in 2019. The project brings together major international museums, many of which are European, around the focal figure of Bruegel the Elder. This innovative concept is the fruit of in-depth thinking on current transformations in the field of museology as it adapts to the digital era.

The Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces virtual exhibitions can be accessed on the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium’s interactive screens and on the Google Cultural Institute platform.

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium would like to thank the Google Cultural Institute for their partnership in the development of this extraordinary project. The RMFAB also express their gratitude towards Engie, thanks to whom the pilot project Bruegel Box became a reality.

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Practical informations


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 508 32 11


Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends           11:00 - 18:00

The ticket offices close at 16:30 during the week and at 17:30 during the weekends. Closed on Monday and the following days: 1/01, second Thursday of January, 1/05, 1/11, 11/11, 25/12 On 24/12 and 31/12 the museums close at 14:00.



Free admission with a "Collections" ticket (available at the Museums ticketing desk or online).


T. +32 (0)2 508 33 33


With Cardboard, you too can enter the world of Pieter Bruegel’s fallen angels! This unique experience is available via the YouTube channel of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and on its mobile app. For an optimal experience, you will need a Cardboard viewer.