FAQ

What is the link between the Musée Magritte Museum and the RMFAB?

The Musée Magritte Museum is part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and their process of redistributing the collection of modern and contemporary art into three thematic museums. Thanks to the enthusiasm of patrons and our teams, the Musée Magritte Museum opened its doors in 2009. Together with the Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum (2013), it covers 2/3 of the Museums’ modern art collection. These two Museums are impatiently awaiting a third space (works posterior to 1914) that is adapted to its ambition.

Are strollers allowed in the Musée Magritte Museum?

In order to ensure the comfort of the visitors as well as the safety of the works, we cannot authorize any form of strollers within the building. However, frontal baby carriers are allowed.

Are bags allowed in the Musée Magritte Museum?

For your own comfort and security of the works, we ask you to deposit your belongings in the cloakroom, which is free of charge. For security reasons, the visitor might be asked to open their bag for further inspection. The attendants may refuse objects whose presence does not seem compatible with the security measures. Suitcases are not accepted in the lockers, with the exception of suitcases smaller than 55x50x35 cm. Larger suitcases can be left at the Brussels Central train station, a 5 minute walk from the Museum.

Why does the visit start on the 3rd floor?

The Musée Magritte Museum has a chronological set-up. After having admired the head to toe portrait of Georgette Magritte in the elevator while climbing, the visitors slowly start their museum tour using the stairs. People with reduced mobility can of course ask the surveillance staff to use the elevator to access the other floors.

Are you allowed to take photographs in the Musée Magritte Museum?

Yes, you are allowed to take photos in the Musée Magritte Museum. Only a small number of works are not allowed to be photographed, at the request of their lenders. These artworks are clearly indicated with a pictogram. Please note that the use of flash, tripods and/or selfie sticks is strictly prohibited.

Can you draw in the Musée Magritte Museum?

Individual visitors can take notes or draw sketches in pencil as long as they do not bother other visitors or obstruct the view of the works. This authorization does not apply to groups for reasons of circulation fluidity.

I would like to organize a shoot (photo/audio/video) at the Musée Magritte Museum. What procedure do I need to follow?

To ask for authorization to film or record in the Musée Magritte Museum, please fill in the application form and send it to our press officer.

Why can only a restricted number of visitors per hour access the Musée Magritte Museum?

Given the great success of the Musée Magritte Museum and in order to ensure both the comfort of the visitors and the safety of the works, we set up a system of hour gauges.

I loved the quotes written on the museum walls. Where can I find them?

You can find the quotes online or buy them on-site in our Magritte Shop. Each (originally French) quote has been translated into Dutch, English, German and Spanish. Thanks to the help of the Friends of the Museum, this small booklet only costs 4 euros!

I had the feeling the rooms in the Musée Magritte Museum were quite dark. Why have you chosen to use such lighting?

Some works, particularly the ones on paper, are particularly fragile. For reasons of conservation, the maximum lighting in that case is 50 lux. Besides these conservation measures, the atmosphere created in the museum reflects the intimate world of Magritte and draws all the attention to the works.

What is the difference between the René Magritte Museum in Jette and the Musée Magritte Museum in the city centre?

The Musée Magritte Museum in the city center holds and exhibits the largest collection in the world of the great surrealist’s works: more than 230 paintings, gouaches, drawings, sculptures, painted objects, advertising posters, music scores, photographs and films are gathered there. The house-studio in Jette is the house in which René Magritte lived between 1930 and 1954. The place reflects the atmosphere of this time and reconstructs his living and working space. Its visit can be complementary.

Why is the Musée Magritte Museum (and the RMFAB in general) closed on the second Thursday of January?

As with any company, our staff needs a day dedicated to team building and training to further improve the quality of our services. We chose a Thursday because the majority of our staff in available that day.