Museums of the Far East


in short

The Chinese Pavilion, the Japanese Tower and the Museum of Japanese Art make up the Museum of the Far East.
De Japanse Toren
© Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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Museums of the Far East

in detail

This striking, exotic ensemble is one of last major architectural projects commissioned by King Leopold II (1835-1909). The buildings were designed by the French architect Alexandre Marcel (1860-1928), and to give them an authentic look, they were covered in custom-made panelling prepared in the Far East. As such, the Japanese Tower’s decorative elements are from Yokohama and the entrance pavilion was ordered in Tokyo. In line with this, the polychrome woodwork of the kiosk and the Chinese Pavilion is from Shanghai.
However, with the exception of these imported components, the buildings are in actual fact European as they were erected using European construction techniques, their shells were made using Belgian materials and the decorative elements are by Parisian artists.
Musea van het Verre Oosten
4,00/3,00/1,50 EUR Admission free for everyone on the first Wednesday of the month from 1 p.m. on.
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Visitor entrance

Museums of the Far East
Van Praetlaan 44
1020 Brussels
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Opening Times

10:00 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Closed on Mondays, January 1, November 1, November 11, December 25 - The exhibition portal for Europe