Palace of Charles of Lorraine

Charles of Lorraine, governor of the Austrian Netherlands from 1744 to 1780, was an avid art and science enthusiast. His palace, of which the construction started in 1757, now houses a museum of the 18th century.

Did you know that the Royal Library of Belgium was sheltered in the Palace of Charles of Lorraine in 1839? Today, the residence of Charles of Lorraine is transformed into a museum of the 18th century. In the five rooms that make up this museum, one can smell the atmosphere of the 18th century through the reconstruction of the living environment and interest of its first owner.

Charles of Lorraine was the governor-general of the Austrian Netherlands from 1744 to 1780. This intellectual, curious about science as much as occultism was also a connoisseur of the Encyclopedia of Diderot and Alembert, an art lover and a passionate collector.

The palace is momentarily closed for renovation. It will reopen in 2019 with a brand new exhibition The World of Bruegel in Black and White.