The Belgian Comic Strip Center (Centre Belge de la Bande Desinée or CBBD) pays tribute to the Belgian fondness for comics (called bandes desinées) and to many world famous cartoonists. The museum is located in an old Art Nouveau building that was designed by the famous architect Victor Horta.
Inside the museum
In the first part of the museum there is a small exhibition devoted to the process of creating comics, from the very beginning of the first idea until it takes visual shape and gets ready for printing.
In the area known as "Espace Saint Roche" there are cyclic exhibitions of some of the more than 6,000 original works owned by the museum, many of them rescued from office bins from major publishers.
The part of the museum known as "le Musée de l'Imaginaire" dates back to the origins of the comic by studying classic comic characters. Upstairs, exhibitions focus on current comics, primarily based on satirical, political and erotic works.
It all revolves around Tintin
In the Belgian Comic Strip Center special tribute is paid to Tintin, the famous reporter created by Hergé in 1929. Tintin’s comics have been translated into forty languages and more than 140 million copies of them have been sold worldwide.
Belgians love it
Even though Belgians love the Belgian Comic Strip Center, we do not like it so much. Moreover, far from what one could think, it's not a fun place for kids because it exhibits basically comics in French.
Rue des Sables 20, Brussels
From Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00.
Fridays and Saturdays until 18:00 hours.
- Adults: 8 €.
- Over 65 years: 6 €.
- Children 12-18 years: 6 €.
- Children under 12 years: 3 €.
- Free admission: with the Brussels Card.
HOW TO GET TO THE MUSEUM
- Metro: Botanique, lines 2 and 6; De Brouckère lines 1 and 5; Rogier, lines 2 and 6.
- Tram: De Broukère, lines 3, 4, 31, 32 and 33.
- Bus Anspach-de Brouckère, lines 29, 38, 63, 66, 71 and 86.
Some nearby places
- Brussels Cathedral (358 m)
- Jeanneke Pis (510 m)
- Saint Hubert Galleries (512 m)
- Museum of the City of Brussels (685 m)
- Grand Place of Brussels (715 m)