10 original things to do at the Nocturnes in November

Every Thursday evening from 19 September to 5 December, a series of Brussels museums open their doors from 5pm to 10pm to let us discover their particular universe. In addition to classic guided tours, many of them also promise more unconventional moments. Here is a selection!


A little bit of everything around Leopold Park


House of European History, Leopold Park © Hidden Raven


The museums of the Luxembourg district are really giving it their all on November 7.

Into fashion? Participate in a slow fashion workshop or attend a historical fashion show at the House of European History.

The Museum of Natural Sciences is getting icy with the Antartica exhibition and reminds us of a time when climate change had not yet annihilated the dinosaurs with the theatre performance “Bernissarentis”.

During this evening, you can also participate in a treasure hunt between these museums and the Parlamentarium. A touring band will also perform in their spaces and at the nearby Wiertz Museum.

Extend the summer at the Fondation A Stichting


Santa Barbara, California, 1977 © The Estate Henry Wessel, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne


A first participation in the Nocturnes for this foundation dedicated to photography. In the “Summer Light” exhibition, we discover Henry Wessel, a photographer who celebrates photography as feelings and thoughts going back and forth, a fortuitous moment between intuition and technique.


Visit a haunted house of another kind


Erasmus House © Andrea Anoni


A declamation of In Praise of Folly will echo the characteristic murmurs and noises of the Erasmus House on this evening of November. Expect goosebumps!


Explore the underbelly of Brussels with a flashlight


Sewer Museum © Andreu Vélez Guillén


Looking for something unusual? How do you find a visit to the sewers of Brussels in total darkness?


Participate in a laboratory for aesthetic experiments in BOZAR



ABC © Marc Gysens


ABC (ART BASICS for CHILDREN) invites young and old alike to sharpen their creativity in the discovery of the sculptor Brancusi. Workshop, library and nomadic exhibition provide an experience of his emotional and powerful work.


Investigate a murder at the Coudenberg Palace




Coudenberg Palace © Andrea Anoni

A murder took place below the Place Royale, in the ruins of Charles V’s former Palace. You’re the investigator. 🙂


Meet a Guild of Crossbowmen 


Grand Serment Royal et de St-Georges des Arbalétriers © Hidden Raven


The Companions of the Grand Serment Royal et de St-Georges des Arbalétriers introduce you to their rituals and show you how to handle the crossbow in a shooting demonstration. All this in an astonishing and rarely accessible nook of Place Royale.


Season Finale


For the last evening of the season on December 5th, museums are trying to outdo themselves once more with original propositions.

Chalcography (copper engraving) around the Bruegel exhibition at KBR, superhero guided tours at the Jewish Museum, a rendez-vous with France Brel at the Foundation dedicated to the artist, Saint-Nicolas at Choco-Story Brussels and at the National Bank Museum, rocket construction and press illustration at the Marc Sleen Museum, double exhibition at the CENTRALE: it’s a season finale that will automatically be more satisfying than your last Netflix binge.

As final touch, Halles Saint-Géry also invite you to have a drink at the opening of their new exhibition on Brussels’ Cafés and Estaminets. Good beats and warm atmosphere will keep the night going.