Record attendance for the 215th birthday of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium!

Published on 28.11.2016

This Sunday, November 27, 2016, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (MRBAB), celebrated their 215 years of existence. During this festive day, 6,852 visitors rushed to the RMFAB, three times more than on a usual Sunday; a true record!

All the teams of the institution as well as the Friends’ association of the Museum were mobilized to make this anniversary unforgettable.

In addition to free access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, visitors were able to follow guided tours and participate in animations all throughout the museum rooms (concerts, improvisation games, screenings of archive material, drawing workshops, etc.). The discovery of the backstage of the museum – with its reserves and restoration workshops – were especially appreciated by the lucky ones who had reserved their place in advance. In total, over 40 activities took place that day.

For the RMFAB, which embody a history whose roots extend beyond the creation of Belgium, it was also an opportunity to recall their attachment to the fundamental values of culture, tolerance and openness to all.

This event, which attracted many foreign visitors, contributes to the international image of Belgium. Moreover, it also brings the Belgian citizen closer to its own patrimony, whose richness is sometimes underestimated.

The many positive comments and looks of amazement certainly do encourage the Museums to repeat this experience in the future.