The new cultural venues that will get Brussels moving in 2021

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Galila's POC (c) Diego Ravier
Published at 24/02/2021
By Mylène

Despite the ups and downs that have shaken the world of culture, 2021 has seen the emergence of new and exciting venues. Museums, contemporary art, galleries, alternative venues... Brussels is offering a host of new options. Looking for places to shake things up, reinvent the city or take the pulse of what's new? Here's an overview of the new cultural spots that will shake up culture in Brussels in 2021 and beyond!

A geek’s paradise, the Pixel Museum

Pixel Museum Bruxelles

Attention all gamers, pixel art lovers and retro-gaming fanatics: Belgium's first ever museum dedicated to what's known as the tenth art opened at the end of 2020. With a rich collection of more than 2,000 objects, the Pixel Museum gives you the opportunity to bump into Ms Pac-Man or Mario's moustache, to get close to vintage consoles and arcade games but, above all, to play! Highly interactive, the museum is also anchored in the present and keeps abreast of the future and tomorrow's trends. In addition to the possibility of testing the latest game consoles, regular conferences and workshops allow visitors to take the pulse of creativity in this cutting-edge field. At the beginning of 2021, this temple of gaming is expected to be included in the Tour & Taxi Sheds and will continue to combine history and fun. Book your tickets online!

Rue Picard 3, 1000 Brussels

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The most arty, Galila’s P.O.C

Galila Barzilaï-Hollander © Philippe Assalit -

Imagine a collection of works of art as playful as it is astonishing, displaying its colours under the glass roof of an old factory. Installed in Forest, Galila's P.O.C (Passion, Obsession and Collection) reflects the sunny and daring personality of Galila Barzilaï Hollander, a self-proclaimed art addict. Over three floors, the scenography offers numerous themes to snack on and holds many surprises. You will come across (among others) a gallery of faces made up of recycled objects, a somewhat voluptuous crocodile sofa, a snake-like sculpture with fake nails, and surprising variations on the watermelon. Mixing textile, sculpture, design, furniture, photography and painting, this joyful whirlwind of art is sure to brighten up your year. Online booking only!

Avenue Van Volxem 295, 1190 Forest

Important: Unfortunately, due to the lockdown and strict sanitary rules regarding group visits to cultural spaces, Galila's P.O.C is currently closed. While waiting for its reopening, subscribe to the Galila's P.O.C. newsletter to be kept up to date as soon as visits resume!

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The most historical, the KBR museum

(c) KBR


Fancy taking a trip back in time? In autumn 2020, the KBR museum opened up the doors of the personal library of the Dukes of Burgundy. Like a treasure hunt, the museum takes visitors on a walk through the 15th century among some 900 volumes, original folios and illuminated manuscripts. Marvel at the sumptuously displayed "Chronicles of Hainaut" or the famous "Chronicles and Conquests of Charlemagne". Four immersive cocoons plunge visitors into the fascinating universe of some of these exceptional books. The fully developed contemporary scenography sweeps away our preconceptions about the Middle Ages by mixing historical rigour, fantasy and a touch of humour.

Mont des Arts 28, 1000 Bruxelles

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The most trendy

Gare Maritime Bruxelles Tour&Taxis - (c) - Jean-Paul Remy

A meeting point for hipsters and gourmets (among others), the Gare Maritime is the trendiest venue of the moment. A former cargo terminal in operation until the 1980s, it has been brilliantly renovated, with a special focus on new green technologies (geothermal energy, rainwater recovery, solar panels). The first thing you notice here is the architectural grandeur. The combination of iron pillars, the 19th century glass roof and Scandinavian-style light-coloured wood is a triumph. Some even think it looks a bit steampunk! People come and spend time here for the atmosphere, the shops and the interior gardens. Join one of the many guided tours that introduce you, in detail, to this neighbourhood within a neighbourhood.

Rue Picard 11, 1000 Bruxelles

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