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Shining the spotlight on contemporary art for kids in Brussels

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Brussels has some wonderful surprises in store for fans of contemporary art. And it's not just for adults or passionate art enthusiasts! Did you know that there are plenty of exhibitions that are popular with families? That there are also workshops and activities for children? There's something for even the very youngest of visitors!

Discover here the many opportunities offered by museums and exhibition venues in Brussels to introduce your little monsters to contemporary art. Art has no age limit!

Centrale for Contemporary Art

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Centrale's ambition is to showcase the creations of contemporary Brussels artists, while at the same time being a place of reflection on art and the world. This art centre aims to be a place open to its neighbourhood and to the city, full of richness and diversity.

Your little ones can also set off to discover Centrale with a fun notebook and Volty, the museum's mascot. Intergenerational creative workshops are organised twice a month. They are an opportunity to meet an artist, who will introduce you to their craft and to new techniques (sculpture, engraving, writing, sound creation, illustration, ceramics, etc.).

Target age group:

Intergenerational workshops for all (from 8 years old)

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Galila’s P.O.C.

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Galila's P.O.C. is a brand-new venue in the Brussels artistic landscape, a veritable contemporary curiosity cabinet displaying dozens of works by various artists. It is a private art collection, gathered by its owner over the last 15 years. There is no clear common thread... but each work exhibited here reflects one of the collector's visions: her doubts, her questions, her hopes. Let your family be amazed by this collection packed with rich shapes and colours! And keep an eye on their website, activities for children will be organised as of next year.

Target age group:

Children aged 6 to 12

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MIMA

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The Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Art, better known as MIMA, is a museum dedicated to contemporary art; the form of artistic expression that emerged at the end of the 20th century. Here, you will discover works that go beyond the traditional codes of contemporary art, as the museum explores urban art and culture 2.0; that which emerged in the age of the Internet. You will also find yourself in a variety of artistic universes: plastic arts, performance, music, cinema, comic strips, graffiti, etc...

To discover the MIMA exhibitions with your family, enjoy a guided tour by Arkadia.

Target age group:

Children aged 6 to 18

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ADAM - Brussels Design Museum 

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The ADAM isn't exactly a museum entirely dedicated to contemporary art. It is in fact a design museum, presenting a large collection of plastic design from the 1950s to the present day. Temporary exhibitions are also held within its walls, which allow visitors to discover other materials, themes or periods. The ADAM - Brussels Design Museum occasionally offers small workshops and courses for children, often linked to its temporary exhibitions. They are a wonderful way to occupy your budding designers!

Target age group:

Children aged 6 to 12

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Art et Marges Museum

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Contemporary art certainly has more than one string to its bow. The Art et Marges Museum is somewhere to explore outsider art! It has a collection of works created by self-taught artists during art workshops for people with mental disabilities or residents in psychiatric settings. Here can appreciate some 4,000 works realised by more than 200 artists, presented during several temporary exhibitions each year, around a theme, an artist or a collection. Take advantage of the museum's activity booklet and discover the exhibition with your family!

Target age group:

Children aged 4 to 18

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KANAL–Centre Pompidou

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KANAL – Centre Pompidou is a cultural centre that's open to all. While you wait for the completion of the renovation works for the new museum of modern art, KANAL is offering temporary exhibitions and a multitude of cultural and artistic activities, such as shows, performances, workshops and installations.

Creative workshops, animations and storytelling tours for children are scheduled regularly and the calendar is bursting with options for the next few weeks. Browse it here:

Art days for children

Target age group:

Children aged 3 to 5  

Electronic music for all ages

Target age group:

Children aged 0 to 99!

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WIELS

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WIELS is one of the largest contemporary art centres in the capital. Recognised and emerging artists come here to exhibit their work. Others come here for residencies to produce new works or new ideas. Exhibitions are complemented by guided tours, lectures and workshops. And there's plenty for kids!

Every first Sunday of the month, you can join a family visit during Family Fundays: walk through the exhibition with a guide and enjoy a lively and interactive discovery.

Target age group:

Children aged 5 and above 

WIELS also organises a workshop for children every Wednesday: it's a great opportunity for little artists to experiment with a variety of techniques and get their hands dirty.

Target age group:

Children aged 7 to 12

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Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain

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Originally, the Boghossian Foundation worked to improve the living conditions of young people in Lebanon and Armenia. Since it moved into the Villa Empain, its main task has been to run a centre for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West. Their temporary exhibitions are complemented by a variety of activities: conferences, shows, guided tours, screenings, performances, etc. The foundation also hosts workshops, guided tours and concerts for children. Villa Empain, with its remarkable swimming pool, is a magnificent Art Deco house that is worth a visit!

Target age group:

Children aged 7 to 12

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