Archives des Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique / Archief van de Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België

  • Archives of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Records Management and Collecting Policies

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.

Archival and Other Holdings

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.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The Guide to the ARMFAB funds and collections (soon available on its site in a pdf) provides summaries of the different funds and collections, mentioning for each of them, at a minimum, the precise name of the fund/collection, the extreme dates (period covered), the size in running metres, a brief description of the archives producer, a brief description of the content, any earlier research tools (records-diaries of correspondence, files, lists) or modern research tools (inventories), and information on communicability.

Opening Times

By appointment only, subject to availability of seats in the reading room, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 16.00.


  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium website consulted on 04/11/2014

    Pierre-Alain Tallier (dir.), Gertjan Desmet & Pascale Falek-Alhadeff, Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van de Joden en het Jodendom in België, 19de-21ste eeuw, Brussel, ARA-AGR/Avant-Propos, 2016, 1328 p.