Cultural institutions

National Archives of Belgium

The National Archives of Belgium have stood in the heart of Brussels for more than 175 years. It is the seat of the State Archives that also has repositories in 20 other locations throughout the country.

The State Archives ensures the proper preservation of archive documents that are 30 years old or more and were produced by the central institutions of the national then federal authorities from the Burgundian period to the present day. Businesses, politicians and private individuals having played an important role for society also entrust their records to the State Archives.

The National Archives, located at Rue de Ruysbroeck/Ruisbroekstrat between Sablon/Zavel and Mont des Arts/Kunstberg, not only houses the central departments of the institution but also over 70 km of archives.

Large parts of these archive holdings can be accessed in the reading room open to everyone: researchers, genealogists, students, amateur historians, notaries, public servants, ...

The National Archives of Belgium contain thousands of institutional and private histories: you’re bound to find a part of your own there!

Address & Contact

  • Rue de Ruysbroeck / Ruisbroekstraat 2,1000 Brussels
  • T : +32 (0)2 513 76 80

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Opening hours

  • Tuesday to Friday: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • In July and August: Tuesday to Friday from 9.00 am to noon and from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Closed on Monday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays (including bridging days) and during inventorying
  • Click here for an overview of our closing days

Access to reading room:

  • Annual ticket: € 20.00 (students enjoy 50% reduction)
  • Week ticket: € 5.00

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