Archives ARMFAB

The Archives of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (ARMFAB) are tasked with conserving, communicating and promoting the use of the institution's historical archives (documents produced or received by the institution in and through the exercise of its functions and activities), as well as a small number of archive funds of organisations or private individuals historically linked to the institution.

In all, the Archives represent just over 600 running metres of archives. The earliest records date from the late 18th century and are slightly pre-date the consular decree of 14 Fructidor IX (the 'Chaptal Decree') creating the Museum of Brussels.

The Archives do not contain:

  • the Museum's working files (the individual documentary files, one per artwork): they are part of the institution’s archives but are located in the conservation departments;
  • publications, with rare exceptions.


Consultation archives
(subject to availability of seats in the reading room)

By appointment only 
On Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00-12:30 and13:30-16:00

The archives will be exceptionally closed on 13 December 2022.


- Portal of the Historical Archives of the RMFAB: archive guide and access to the digitalized archives.
- Inventories (available in situ)


Rue du Musée/Museumstraat, 5 – 1000 Brussels

Closing periods

12.02 – 18.02.2024
1.04 – 14.04.2024
25.06 – 01.09.2024 
28.10 – 03.11.2024
3.12.2024 – 12.01.2025


Aude Alexandre 
+32 (0)2 508 33 98