Archives ARMFAB

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 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.


Consultation archives
(subject to availability of seats in the reading room)

By appointment only 
On Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:00

Address for consultation

Rue du Musée/Museumstraat, 5 – 1000 Brussels

Closing periods
12/02 - 18/02/2018
02/04 - 15/04/2018
02/07 - 30/09/2018
29/10 - 04/11/2018
24/12/2018 - 13/01/2019

Michèle Van Kalck
+32 (0)2 508 33 98

From the first of May until the first of November 2017, the access to the Archive Service of the RMFAB will be limited (consultation of the digital archives only). We are doing everything we can to enable complete access to the images in the reading room of the library as soon as possible. More information will be available shortly. Thank you for your understanding.