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ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA

ZOOLOGICAL COLLECTION AT THE ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA

Just a short way to the east of Brussels’s city center is the Royal Museum for Central Africa, unmistakably one of the world’s most beautiful museums devoted to Africa.

It was originally built in 1898 to showcase King Leopold II’s proud African colony, the Congo, to monarchs and world leaders and thus was built to impress. The symmetrical neo-classical palace today is home to permanent and temporary exhibitions displayed in stunning rooms that focus on the whole story of Africa. From the anthropological and ethnographical to the zoological and botanical there are curiosities collected from all over the continent, some unique to this museum including many of the ten million animal species. Temporary exhibitions as well as extensive gardens are bound to keep children amused and large research departments ensure exhibitions are always at the forefront of scientific discovery and academia.

Marie-Pascale Le Grelle

+32 2 769 5246

13 Leuvensesteenweg, Tervuren, 3080

www.africamuseum.be