"The Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) has the reputation of being one of the world’s most beautiful and impressive museums devoted to Africa. Since its founding in 1898, the Museum’s task has been to preserve and manage its collections, conduct scientific research and disseminate knowledge to the general public through museological, educational and scientific activities.
The Museum plays an active role in the sustainable development of Africa and aspires to be a centre for collaboration and reflection on today’s Africa and the challenges it faces.
Our collections have great scientific value and are unique in many ways. Large portions of these collections are currently being digitized in order to make them accessible to researchers worldwide.
The RMCA also plays a crucial role in numerous international projects and networks to which it contributes expertise and specialized knowledge. RMCA scientists write over 300 scientific publications a year.
As a dynamic museum, the RMCA vigorously pursues a policy of mounting frequent temporary exhibitions. The Museum presents, on average, two new exhibitions a year. The RMCA also contributes to approximately 30 exhibitions in Belgium and abroad by loaning pieces or imparting its expertise.
In 2010, the current Museum building is celebrating its 100th anniversary, a centenary that is the impetus for a thorough renovation. The unique charm of this listed monument will be preserved, but a renovation of style and content is necessary.
I invite you to become acquainted with this fascinating institution via our website, and hope to meet you at one of our activities!"