19 exhibitions in September and October you get to discover during the Nocturnes

Every Thursday night from 19 September to 5 December different Brussels Museums open their doors from 17:00 to 22:00. On the menu: a ticket away from here. Who says museums, also says temporary exhibitions. Let us guide you through the 19 gems September and October have on offer.


Opening night


© Expo Carine Gilson – JPohl


Euphoria on 19 September! To get the season off to a good start, we are having a Museum Market on the Grand Place. The three surrounding museums will be freely accessible for the occasion. In addition to the small yet extravagant GardeRobe MannekenPis, the Grand Place reveals all its secrets in “The Place to Be” at the Maison du Roi. “Beautiful Lace & Carine Gilson” is a sensual meeting between the Belgian designer of couture lingerie and 200 years of Brussels lace.


Flamboyant. Art de vivre in the thirties – Boghossian Foundation


ⓒ Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain


Villa Empain put on a new, yet vintage dress. Great artworks and over 200 pieces of furniture and rare objects from the 30’s make for a complete transformation.

Wings to grow up – Children Museum


© Chidren Museum


An exhibition turned into a magical world, divided into six chapters. Children from 4 to 12 years old spread their wings and fly!


Circus Moderato, Florence Huens & Mata Manrey – Centre for Fantastic Art


© Centre for Fantastic Art


The Centre for Fantastic Art, a stone’s throw from the Museum, brings together the poetic collages of Circus Moderato, Florence Huens and Mata Manrey.


D’Ieteren 14-18 – D’Ieteren Gallery


© Hidden Raven


During the First World War, the D’Ieteren family put their vehicles at the disposal of the Belgian State, helping them protect our country during these trying times.


Diatoms, art in a box of nature – Botanic Garden Meise


© Botanic Garden Meise


Apart from a (romantic) evening stroll through its 92 hectares, the Botanic Garden Meise also exhibits works of art inspired by the patterns of microscopic algae. Naturally artistic.

SPACES. Interior Design Evolution – ADAM Brussels Design Museum



© Veerle Vercauteren


If our interiors could testify about our ideals, social revolutions and technological developments, what would they say? An exhibition that dissects our past and present home.


George Minne – Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Koekelberg


© Koekelberg Basilica


For the Basilica of Koekelberg, the renowned sculptor Georges Minne created two monumental sculptures inside and outside the building. Let’s focus on this genius symbolist for one second!


America does not exist – art et marges museum


© Dominique THEATE, sans titre, 2015


The American Dream. A myth refuted by 100 artworks from art brut and popular and contemporary genres. A road trip off the beaten track!


Bruxelles libérée / Kijk… Bruxelles / Alexis Dumont – Halles Saint-Géry


© Halles St-Gery


1 place, 3 exhibitions. Bruxelles libérée: the Armistice euphoria, beautifully captured. Kijk… Bruxelles: another look at cosmopolitan Brussels. An open yet confusing city! Also thanks to KANAL, the Citroën building was quite the star this past year. However, do you know the other iconic creations of Belgian architect Alexis Dumont?


Wrek. Olivier Deprez – Bibliotheca Wittockiana


© Olivier Deprez – Wrek


With WREK, etcher and drawer Olivier Deprez lets you into his world, allowing for a better understanding of his creative process, his influences and his political, poetic and artistic reflections.

Architects at Play – CIVA




The power of the imagination is at the heart of this exhibition where the playgrounds of childhood and those of architects, artists and designers meet. Throughout a playful trail, labyrinths, symbolic toys, construction and strategy games showcase the many ways of creating worlds.


Claude Rutault – Fondation CAB




Since the 1970s, this painter has been pushing the boundaries of minimalism and conceptualism in a radical way. Rather than making the objects himself, he jots down instructions, sends them off to production and doesn’t further interfere. Trust, participation and responsibility are key elements whereas the results are always unexpected.


Jules Bordet, 100 years of Nobel Prize. A preacher at the ULB – Espace Allende




The ULB pays tribute to one of its most prestigious scientists, Jules Bordet, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine in 1919. The exhibition retraces the journey and discoveries on immunity of this great researcher.


Paul Delvaux, the man who loved trains – Train World


Foundation Paul Delvaux St Idesbald Belgium SABAM 2019 © Vincent Everarts


His works speak for themselves; Paul Delvaux can’t hide his love for trains and stations. No wonder that this brand-new exhibition perfectly suits the unique scenography of Train World.

The Last Pharaoh – Autriquehuis


© Francois Schuiten Autrique House


Blake and Mortimer’s last album unfolds in the sublime Autrique House, Victor Horta’s first architectural achievement. Discover the original drawings of “The Last Pharaoh”, a new perspective on the myth of Edgar P. Jacobs.


The Sky is on Fire – Botanique


© Emmanuel Van der Auwera


Ticket to the heart of Miami. With “The Sky is on Fire”, Emmanuel Van der Auwera questions the numerical world and memory in a reconstruction of the urban landscape. With his series of films, video sculptures and installations, he challenges our visual culture.

You would like to visit several museums this season or go to the Nocturnes with friends? Take a look at the Pass 5 Nocturnes