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Our Association

The Art and History Museum has very important collections which over the years have become more and more difficult to preserve for lack of sufficient budgets.

Thanks to your support and your donations, the Friends of the Museums can contribute to the restoration of certain works, the acquisition of new pieces or the renovation of certain rooms.

By joining the Friends, you will receive our program of cultural visits three times a year which take place in the museum but also in other exhibitions in Brussels or elsewhere in Belgium.

In addition to these activities, we organize 3 excursions, on Thursdays, in a Belgian city, alternating discoveries in Flanders or Wallonia. On those days, we set out to discover the riches of our national cultural heritage: churches, belfries, castles, gardens, monasteries, local museums or even other places, sometimes unsuspected.

For each of our outings, we make sure to find quality guides who master their subject and who share the subject with us with passion.

To participate in our cultural activities between Friends, follow the link below.


In 1908, Belgium was one of the most flourishing industrial countries in the world. This industrial success, together with the paramount importance that Belgians have always given to supporting the arts and culture, gave birth to the Société des Musées Royaux de l’État.

Prince Albert, the future King Albert I, is its Honorary President. This association wishes to bring together the greatest patrons and art lovers.

Unfortunately, the First World War brutally interrupted this rich initiative.

In 1974, Mr. Pierre Solvay, a generous patron and collector, revived the project and created a new association: Friends of the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Pierre Solvay was president of the association for many years. He was surrounded by French-speaking and Dutch-speaking men and women who shared the desire to expand and improve the collections in a spirit of great collaboration with the curators.

The presidency is now held by Countess Boël.