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The royal portrait in our wallet

Royalty are the only Belgians to have been honoured by being depicted on a coin or banknote during their lifetime, so it is high time we took a close look at the royal portrait in this edition of ‘Spotlight’.

Museum NBB: beavering away at the collection Commodity money

The Museum of the National Bank of Belgium recently came into possession of a number of items which can be categorized as Commodity money. Shell money from Papua New Guinea, knife money from China, axe- and wheel money from Europe, all relics from a more or less distant past where notes and coins were not yet common.

It is also summer holidays for your wallet!

As summer holidays are approaching loads of activities are possible: spending a few days by the seaside, making a trip abroad, taking time to renovate your house… At the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium, summer holidays mean free entrance for everybody during the months of July and August!

The Dynasty series of Belgian franc notes

For the month of November, this latest edition of the Museum’s Object of the Month turns its attention to a very specific series of Belgian banknotes: the Dynasty series, issued just after the Second World War.

Money games

Card money first made its appearance in the various French and Dutch overseas colonies at the end of the 17th century where it existed as a form of “emergency money”. This “Object of the Month” focuses on these rare cards, the existence of which was often rather short-lived.


Summer is nearly here.
If you plan to visit the city of Brussels, the museum of the National Bank of Belgium is ideally situated in the centre of Brussels, next to the Sainte Gudule cathedral.

National Heritage Day: heroes of gold, silver and paper.

The Museum of the National Bank of Belgium participates in the National Heritage Day, a festive day about the cultural heritage in Flanders and Brussels.
This year’s theme is “Heroes”.

Night at the Museum

On the 3th of March, Museum Night Fever will be braving the wintry weathers once again to offer you a wild night!

Governor’s portrait on display

The museum owns a painted portrait of each one of the twenty governors who have headed the National Bank over the years.

The NBB Museum wins Public Prize

Nominated by a jury of specialists as one of the five Brussels-based candidates for this year’s Museum Prize, the National Bank of Belgium’s Museum did not scoop this prestigious award in the end. But, far better than any consolation prize, it was meanwhile chosen as the public’s favourite.