The museum's interesting collection of art objects traces the history of humanity, from prehistoric times to the present day. Founded in 1835, the museum was originally located in Porte de Hal, one of the last medieval gates in Brussels. In 1889 it was moved to a new-built pavilion in Parc du Cinquantenaire. The collection is divided into five sections: National Archaeology; Ancient Times; European Decorative Art; Non-European Civilisations and Musical Instruments. The special treasures of the collection include Mesopotamian and Egyptian reliefs; Syrian mosaics; Celtic gold ornaments; a 16th-century lace bed cover and 10-piece tapestry ensemble depicting the Biblical life story of Jacob, an Art Nouveau sphinx figure; a 13th-century bronze Shiva Nataraja from South India and a wooden Bodhisattva from China, as well as a giant Pou Hakanononga statue from the Easter Island.
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
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