Bruegel. The Originals Pieter Bruegel The Elder's masterpieces at the RMFAB

from 01.01.2019

Pieter Bruegel The Elder, "Fall of the Rebel Angels" (detail)

On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium celebrate the great Renaissance master through various projects.

The permanent Collection

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of the most famous painters from the Renaissance period. Yet only about forty paintings from his short career (he died in 1569, around the age of 40) have been preserved, making them rare and extremely valuable. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium house the second largest ensemble of Bruegel the Elder paintings in the world. At the Old Masters Museum, you can admire several of his paintings: The Fall of the Rebel Angels (1562), the Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap and Skaters (1565), the Census at Bethlehem (1566) and the Adoration of the Kings. In addition, several copies by his sons and other (anonymous) followers allow you to further explore this brilliant artist's oeuvre.

Discover the Bruegel collection in gigapixel on the Google Arts & Culture platform here

Discover more

In 2016, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium launched Bruegel Unseen Masterpieces, together with Google Arts & Culture and seven international institutions. 

Dive into the world of the painter and discover his genius talent through three digital experiences:

Bruegel box

The Bruegel Box lets you live inside Bruegel's work: three immersive videos - each dedicated to one painting - are projected on three walls, floor to ceiling. We invite you to get shoulder-to-shoulder with the villagers of Bruegel’s Proverbs (1559), face to
face with the palm reader of the Sermon of Saint John the Baptist (1566) or have The Fall of the Rebel Angels (1562) at your fingertips.

Virtual exhibitions

You can explore Bruegel's masterpieces, his life, influences and legacy through 12 virtual exhibitions offered on interactive screens throughout the Old Masters Museum. Each one brings together paintings, texts, archival documents, as well as audio and video clips, so you can gain in-depth knowledge about Pieter Bruegel the Elder and experience the real-life artworks in a new way. These exhibitions, as well as 7 additional ones, can also be accessed on the Google Arts & Culture website. 

Discover the virtual exhibitions in the Old Masters Museum or on the Google Arts & Culture platform

Cardboard experience

The Google Cardboard viewer provides a unique virtual reality experience focusing on The Fall of the Rebel Angels. With this 360° experience, the painting comes to life in front of your eyes: you too become one of Bruegel’s creatures.

Find the virtual reality experience here
For optimal experience, a "cardboard viewer" can be purchased at the Museum Shop (€10).
During official Bruegel Guided Tours, cardboard viewers can be loaned from the museum.

Cultural and Educational Offer

FOR individual visitors

Wander around the Old Masters Museum and discover the Bruegel collection with one of our visitor guides

  • Audio guide of the Old Masters Museum, with special Bruegel tour in English, French, Dutch, German
    (available in Spring 2019)
  • Bruegel visitor guide in EN, FR, NL, DE
    (available in Summer 2019)
  • Bruegel family trail in EN, FR, NL, DE
    (available in Autumn 2019)

For Groups

Book a private tour for your group and let one of our guides immerse you into the world of Bruegel. We offer tours for primary and secondary schools, as well as adult (cultural) groups. 

Guided tours are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Greek.

Group reservations
Mail | +32 (0)2 508 33 33


The RMFAB offer a wide range of activities for individual visitors and groups in the context of the Bruegel Year. Join a guided tour, lecture, workshop,... and discover Bruegel from a new angle!


The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium aim to make their rooms and collections accessible to each visitor. Made to Measure offers guided tours, creative courses, workshops and themed activities tailored to specific audiences. In this way everyone has the opportunity to visit the museum in a personal and adapted way, regardless of disability, culture, language or any other restriction.


Bruegel’s Winter Scenes: Historians and Art Historians in Dialogue
Tine Luk Meganck & Sabine van Sprang 
2018 | 248p. | 300ill.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is today best known for his peasant paintings and winter scenes. Of these masterpieces belong to the RMFAB: Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap (1565), Bruegel's most-copied work, and the Census at Bethlehem (1566). This richly illustrated publication, focusing on the panels of the RMFAB, sheds new light on these masterpieces, as well as on the historical context.

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Bruegel the Elder, Fall of the Rebel Angels
Art, Knowledge and Politics on the Eve of the Dutch Revolt

Tine Luk Meganck
2014 | 208p.

This sixteenth number of the Cahiers of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium was made after several years of research on the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This book reveals some long kept secrets about The Fall of the Rebel Angels, in particular its rendering of fantastic creatures and enigmatic objects and traces unexpected links between art, knowledge and politics in Bruegel’s time.
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Practical informations


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Musée Old Masters Museum
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
Mail  / +32 (0)2 508 32 11


Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00

The ticket offices close half an hour before closing time.
Any person entitled to a free ticket (e.g. ICOM/journalist), is to go directly to our ticketing desk.



+ 01.01, 01.05, 01.11, 11.11, 25.12


Discover all our admission prices here

Special discount for “BEYOND BRUEGEL”

On presentation of the “OLD MASTERS MUSEUM”-ticket (with Bruegel permanent collection & digital experiences) or “ALL COLLECTIONS”-ticket, visitors receive a 2 euro discount for the “BEYOND BRUEGEL” immersive experience (in Palais de la Dynastie / Dynastiepaleis) and vice versa.

In Partnership with

 Bruegel BrusselsVisit Brussels
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