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Leuvensesteenweg 13
3080 Tervuren - Belgium
Tel. (+32) 02 769 52 11
Fax (+32) 02 769 52 42


Frequently Asked Questions

Questions on the Renovation


  • Who designed the original building?
    The museum building was designed by French architect Charles Girault, who also created the Petit Palais in Paris. Belgians knew him as the creator of the Royal Galleries in Ostende. The cornerstone of this impressive structure was laid down in 1904, and the museum was inaugurated in 1910.
    Learn more on the history of the building
  • Who is the architect for the renovation?
    The task of renovating the building was awarded to the temporary association Stephane Beel Architecten + Origine Architecture and Engineering + ArupNL + Niek Kortekaas + Michel Desvigne
    For more information

  • Is the museum going to become a very modern complex?
    The current museum building is a protected heritage building. It will be renovated extensively in a way that adheres as closely as possible to the original design. A new welcome pavilion, with a contemporary design that blends in well with the park and the museum building, will be built next to it.
    For more information
  • When did the museum close its doors?
    The museum closed to the public on Monday, 2 December 2013, after a weekend celebration.
    On 17 February 2014, the key to the museum was officially turned over to the contractors.
    To revisit the event
  • Why was the museum closed?
    Renovation works will be extensive, so closing the museum partially and proceeding room by room would be too inconvenient for the public and hamper the museum’s operations.
    Learn more
  • When will the museum reopen?
    The museum will reopen its doors in 2018.
     For more information on the progress of the renovation
  • How will the works be conducted?
    The first phase of the renovation project will be the construction of the welcome pavilion.
  • Where will the museum pieces go during the renovation?
    Most of the pieces will return to the collections they belong to and remain onsite. A few specific collections have moved to other storage spaces outside the museum grounds.
    But many of the museum pieces will remain visible to the public, with many of our treasures appearing in other museums.  
    Learn more about our pop-up museum
  • What can visitors still do in Tervuren?
    - The RMCA offers companies and other groups the chance to discover the research institute’s day-to-day activities.
    - To learn about our activities, visit our website.
    - You can also book activities organized in Tervuren through the town’s tourism bureau.  


Questions on the Pop-up Museum


  • Can we visit the museum elsewhere?
    Of course! During the renovation, the RMCA will become a pop-up museum and show up in different places. Some of our most popular pieces will make their home in our partner institutions, and you can also see the museum’s treasures in temporary exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. 
    More on our pop-up expos 
  • Will there be school activities during the renovation ?
    During the renovation, you can make reservations for 3 workshops that will be held in several museums in Brussels.
    More on our activities for schools



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