Belgian Comic Strip Center
Expresses Belgium's Sense of Humor
The Belgian Comic Strip Center is undoubtedly one of the most unique tourist attractions in Belgium.
While much of the world may not realize that the likes of Tintin, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke and Asterix are Belgian-creations, die-hard comic fans know that Belgium's place in the comic book world is right up there with the creators of Superman, Spiderman and other famous comic book characters.
This museum showcases the colorful history of this artistic medium that has brought joy to the hearts of young and old alike for decade.
What is the Belgian Comic Strip Center?
Since 1989, when The Belgian Comic Strip Center was inaugurated by the King of Queen of Belgium, the center has paid homage to famous Belgian comic characters as well as their creators.
Housed in an Art Nouveau building designed by Victor Horta, the Center uses its 4,000 square meters of museum floors to host temporary and permanent exhibitions for some 200,000 visitors a year, ensuring that the Ninth Art lives on in the hearts and minds of comic strip lovers.
What is there to do at the Museum?
Serving as a cultural ambassador of Comic Strips, the Museum features a number of permanent exhibits:
* Victor Horta Area: paying tribute to the Art Nouveau architect.
* The Birth of a Comic Strip: details the making of a comic strip from concept to the shop.
* Saint-Roch Room: A rotating exhibit of original documents (sketches, studies, pencil drawings, colourings, full pages, covers, manuscripts, etc.) donated by the authors or purchased by the Museum.
* The Museum of Imagination: Tracks the history of the imagination of Belgian comic pioneers including Herge (Tintin) from 1929-1959.
* The Museum of Modern Comic Strips: Takes visitors from 1960-to the present, showing the evolution of the comic strip into an adult art form.
* The Gallery is dedicated to the contemporary comic landscape.
* Young Talent Area: Reserved for young talent and budding professionals, presenting the best graduation pieces by students from Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.
In addition to these permanent exhibits, the Museum also offers a research center/library with more than 40,000 titles in more than 20 languages.
20 rue des Sables (Zandstraat)
The museum is a 10-15 minute walk from the Grand Place.
Museum, permanent and temporary exhibitions, bookshop, and brasserie are open every day (except on Monday) from 10 am to 6 pm.
Tel: +32/2/219 19 80
Fax: +32/2/219 23 76
E-mail: [email protected]
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