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


The construction site

On 2 December 2013, the museum closed to the public. We now have until 17 February 2014 to empty the building before turning it over to the contractors.

Meanwhile, they have already begun preliminary works on the site. On 14 October, the first construction fences were put up around the museum to keep people out of the area between the Director's pavilion and the museum building itself.

Construction works

  • 2016
    Only available in French and Dutch.



  • January 2015
    The underground gallery is covered using prestressed concrete roof slabs.
  • December 2014
    • Prefabricated walls are placed inside the new building.
    • The underground gallery and the museum building are ready for linkage.
  • November 2014
    • Restoration of the parquet floor is ongoing.
    • On the Leuvensesteenweg side, replacement of the greenhouse glazing is nearly complete.
  • October 2014
    • Electric cables are removed from the museum.
    • The welcome pavilion’s concrete walls are poured.
  • September 2014
    • Work on the roof begins.
    • The concrete floor slab of the welcome pavilion is poured.
    • Scaffolding is placed along the Stanley pavilion’s fa├žade
  • August 2014
    • The concrete slab for the underground gallery has been poured.
    •   So has the concrete slab for the temporary exhibition spaces.
  • July 2014
    • Earth removal work continues.
    • Building work stopped during holidays from 11 July to 1 August.
  • June 2014
    • Maximum depth is reached at some places in the foundation excavation, earth removal continues.
    • Scaffolding is erected along the interior courtyard and the southern and western walls in order to carry out cleaning work.
    • Roofing work begins.
    • Restoration tests, with preliminary studies carried out for the windows and frames.
    • Restoration of the marbles in the museum continues.
    • Demolition work in the museum is in progress.
    • Restoration of the display cases is also in progress.
    • The lift shafts are being prepared.
  • May 2014
    • The blue stone on the Leuvensesteenweg side is being cleaned and restored.
    • Scaffolding is installed on the Leuvensesteenweg side to permit cleaning of the cornice.
    • In the excavation for the foundations, an anchoring system is installed in the secant piles to retain the weight of earth. Excavation work can then begin.
    • The lifts and boiler rooms are demolished in the museum and the sewers are laid.
    • The insulation is removed from the roof framing.
    • The renovation team from MRAC works closely together with Niek Kortekaas and Johan Schelfhout on scenographic aspects of the design for the new exhibition.
  •  March 2014
    • A large part of the wall facing the interior courtyard is cleaned as a test to determine the most appropriate method.
    • A test is carried out in the cellars to drill and reinforce the foundations.
    • The marble floor is analysed. Broken or cracked tiles will be restored.
  • January 2014
    • Start of dismantling and demolition of the Education Service’s workshops on the first floor of the museum building.
    • Most of the floor is turned over to the contractor who can now begin knocking down the dividing walls.
    • Cellars are turned over in their entirety to the contractor.
    • A trial renovation of the showcases is carried out in the museum rooms.
  •  December 2013
    • A concrete secant piled wall is built around the future underground spaces.
    • The task should last around 2 months. In the cellars, several dividing walls are knocked down and flooring and plaster work removed.
    • As from 2 December, the emptying of museum rooms goes into full swing.
  •   November 2013
    • Works for gas and sewer pipes continue. The ground is levelled in preparation for the installation of the secant piled wall.
    • Telephone and fibre optic cables are moved;
    • End of excavation works that generated noise pollution and vibrations at the Director’s pavilion.
    • Demolition of walls and cabinets in cellars
    • The elephant prepares to leave the permanent exhibit. On 30 November, it bids farewell to the museum and moves to Technopolis, in Mechelen. The transport container is built onsite.
  •  October 2013
    • Removal of trees from the site of the future welcome pavilion. The first excavation machines arrive on the site to divert gas and sewer pipes as well as telephone and fibre optic lines found in the area where new construction works will be carried out.
    • Initial archaeological explorations are carried out at a depth of 0 to 2 m. Further explorations will be conducted when the construction site is excavated.
    • Excavation of the first trenches for redirecting cables and pipes.
    • The ground is levelled for excavation. 


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