Tag: National Bank of Belgium

The collection of medals is online

After commodity money and Belgian emergency money from the First World War, medals are the Museum’s third sub-collection you can browse through online. The digital catalogue allows everyone to access all medals and tokens of the museum whether or not they are on display. Unlike coins, medals are not a means of payment. They are […]

The 500 BEF van Orley note

From 20 February to 26 May 2019 BOZAR is holding the exhibition ‘Bernard van Orley. Brussels and the Renaissance’. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to take a closer look at the 500 Belgian franc note, which shows a portrait of this 16th century Brussels artist. The 500 franc note, which was printed from […]

Museum Night Fever 2019

In need of some peace and quiet in between your hectic Museum Night visits? Plan a little visit to the museum of the National Bank of Belgium and get carried away by the sound and light show in the magnificent 19th century building. Light artist Yohan Meola proposes ‘Le Foyer’, an interactive installation created from […]

Europe Day, 6 May 2017

This Saturday 6th May, the European quarter will be celebrated. On the occasion of the Europe day, the EU institutions in Brussels open their doors to the public.

The University of Maastricht visits the Museum

As part of the ‘Financial Market Reform in the European Union’ summer program, organized by the University of Maastricht, the Museum welcomed prof. David Cleeton, expert authority in Political Economy of the European Union of Illinois State University, and his students.

The museum remains open during the summer holidays!

The Temporary Museum of the National Bank remains open during the summer months, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. It is located in the avenue de Berlaimont, close to the Grand Place of Brussels and some ten minutes away from the Central Station. If you plan a visit with your family the […]


The electronic version of the 2015 Annual Report is now available in English on the NBB’s website. All previous annual reports can be consulted on the same website. The NBB’s annual report is an important source of information for the public and a helpful educational tool for schools, teachers and students.

Late Night Openings in the Temporary Museum of the National Bank

The Brussels Museums Late Night Openings (Nocturnes) will be back soon. From late September to early December, the Museum of the National Bank and about sixty other museums of Brussels will open their doors to the public in the evening. This year is likely to be a particularly festive edition. On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the Nocturnes, this year’s theme is “celebration”.

Portraying the fatherland

In 1869, nearly 20 years after its foundation, the National Bank of Belgium first saw big-themed bank notes roll off the presses. Their recognition value to the general populace and the level of detail put in by their creators quickly turned these drawings into a key weapon in combating forgery. The iconography also had a symbolic, nation-building purpose, and in Belgium its allegories and images typically captured the aspirations and successes of the nation state. This ‘In the Spotlight’ provides a snapshot of the way in which the National Bank has portrayed the fatherland on its franc banknotes over time.

Marcel Rau: a versatile artist

Walking from Brussels Central Station to the National Bank of Belgium’s Temporary Museum, you can’t fail to notice round sculptures dotting the walls on both sides of the National Bank of Belgium’s head offices. Depicting a variety of occupations, these sculpted roundels are the work of Marcel Rau, the artist tasked with the decorative aspect of the new premises built after the Second World War.