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Tervuren: AfricaMuseum Entry Ticket

1. Tervuren: AfricaMuseum Entry Ticket

Easily accessible by public transportation from Brussels, AfricaMuseum tells the story of human and natural history with a collection of artifacts from the colonial era in central Africa.  Aiming to objectively frame the art and cultural objects acquired during Belgium's rule in Rwanda and Congo, the museum has undergone extensive renovations and is now open to the public. Topics of colonial history, sustainable development and biodiversity are now addressed head-on following the museum's redesign. A curated collection of contemporary art has also been added to paint a fuller picture of Central Africa, past and present. Visit the new temporary exhibition Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions recounts the now-forgotten history of persons put on display as ‘living exhibits’, illustrated by exceptional images and documents that in some cases are on public view for the first time. While the exhibition focuses on the ‘Congolese villages’ of Tervuren, Antwerp (1885 and 1894) and Brussels (1958), it also zooms out to show the phenomenon’s truly global context. Persons from all over the world were exhibited in ‘human zoos’, and some lost their lives in the West. Your entry ticket will give you access to walk the French gardens, browse collections of artifacts that bring the past to life in the remodeled, and see the contemporary African art.

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What people are saying about Royal Museum for Central Africa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Beautiful renovation of the museum and a new spirit which animates it very interesting. We only visited part of it, because it is very large as an exhibition What particularly touched us were the video testimonies of people of different ages who tell what they experienced: rites of passage, various ceremonies, weddings, etc ... It adds a lot of life to the objects that surround the visitors. The more objective look at colonization and what it brought / took away from the Congo also gives an enriched current meaning to the entire exhibition. Nothing is white or black: important to understand the nuances of all lived experience. I bought on the spot and read with interest the book of Lieve Joris 'Mon uncle du Congo' and that allowed me - me who did not never been to Africa-to immerse myself there deeply. Also reviewed the Congo River DVD ...

Beautiful museum. Lot of things to learn about the colonial times, but also about today. Easy to move within the different rooms and very good explanations (and in four languages). It is a pity the restaurant/cafeteria is closed, I would have stayed longer.

I was very much impressed by the power of Freddy Tsimba's sculptures. The permanent collections give you a deep insight of various aspects of Central Africa. The park is beautiful ! And above all that, a warm welcome !

Packed with history and insightful on what it must’ve been like for the Congolese population back then. Brrrr brings scary shivers down the back of my head!! The museum and the park around it are simply beautiful

the museum is a time capsule. it reminds me of my childhood museums and it brings a lot of memories from my happy times in africa