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Manneken-Pis (click to zoom)

Manneken-Pis

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The famous Manneken-Pis remains the emblem of the rebellious spirit of the City of Brussels. His wardrobe counts more than 900 suits. The Museum of the City of Brussels presents one hundred of these suits. A multimedia database allows the visitors to consult the whole wardrobe of the famous 'ketje'.

History of Manneken-Pis

Manneken-Pis in costume (click to zoom) Manneken-Pis [plan] was at first a fountain that played an essential role in the former distribution of drinking water since the 15th century. The system was well-known in all of Europe.

Towards the end of the 17th century, the statue became more and more important in the city life. It was also a survivor of the bombardment of Brussels in 1695. Manneken-Pis became a precious good and enjoys a ceaselessly growing glory.

During big events, we adorn him with luxurious clothes. We know that in the 18th century, Manneken-Pis was dressed at least 4 times a year. Since he lost his main function in the network of water conveyance of the City in the 19th century, Manneken-Pis gradually became an image and symbol of the Brussels folklore, the joy of the inhabitants and their capacity of self-mockery.

For the people who wish to know more about Manneken-Pis, a special number of Historia Bruxellae was dedicated to our Ketje: Manneken-Pis in all his states.

Dressings of Manneken-Pis

Manneken-Pis is dressed by an employee of the City. 36 dressings are planned on fixed dates and Manneken-Pis regularly receives new suits.

Next video of a dressing of Manneken-Pis contains comments and texts in French:

Procedure of a gift

For every gift, an official demand must be sent to the College of Mayor and Aldermen. This demand is analyzed by a committee of members of the Friends of the order of Manneken-Pis and the representatives of the City of Brussels.

New costumes cannot have an advertising, commercial or political character. After the agreement of the College, an official ceremony of delivery is organized and in certain occasions, Manneken-Pis thanks the people by producing beer or other beverages. The new suit joins the wardrobe in the Museum of the City of Brussels.

Calendar with dressings of Manneken-Pis

On the agenda

On the agenda

On the agenda

Practical information

Museum of the City of Brussels - Maison du Roi
Grand-Place
1000 Brussels [plan]

Tel. : 02 279 43 50
Fax : 02 279 43 62

Opening hours : From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am till 5 pm. On Thursday open till 8 pm. Closure of the ticket desk: 15 minutes before the closure of the museum. Open on 11 November 2014 from 11 am to 6:30 pm.
Closing period : on Mondays and 1/1, 1/5, 1/11 and 25/12
More information : Entrance: 4 euro, 3 euro for seniors, students, groups, 2 euro for children and schools, free: under 18 years in the weekend, the first Sunday of the month and for inhabitants of the City of Brussels. Art 27: 1.25 euro. Several reductions possible. Legends in French, Dutch and English.

Museum of the City of Brussels - Maison du Roi
Giving a new costume to Manneken-Pis
Grand-Place
1000 Brussels [plan]

Tel. : 02 279 64 36
Opening hours : Every day from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm.
Closing period : Monday and 1/1, 1/5, 1/11, 11/11 in 25/12.

Enter the city

Boulevard Jacqmain and Max in one-way direction

Since 9 December 2014, the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain and the Boulevard Adolphe Max are only accessible in one-way direction.

Boulevard Jacqmain and Max in one-way direction