Museums of the Far East

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Japanese Tower

The Museums of the Far East belong to the Royal Museums for Art and History. They are in three Asian buildings in Laeken: the Japanese Tower, the Chinese Pavilion and the Museum of Japanese Art.

These buildings are architectural achievements of King Leopold II. The museums offer fans of China and Japan a trip to the art and architecture of the Far East:

Japanese Tower

The tower stands in the Garden of the Japanese Tower. The Japanese Tower contains Japanese export art: Imari (18th century), porcelain and cloisonné (19th and early 20th century).

Chinese Pavilion

Chinese Pavilion The pavilion is located in the Garden of the Chinese Pavilion. The interior of the Chinese Pavilion was designed as a luxurious restaurant, but was never used like that. The museum contains mostly Chinese export ceramics which was sent to kings and nobles in Europe during the 17th and 18th century.

Museum of Japanese Art

The renovated carriage house preserves a rich collection of traditional Japanese art, mostly from the Edo period (1600-1868): scroll paintings, folding screens, kimonos, armor, lacquered boxes, Inro, netsuke (strap buttons), 7500 Japanese prints,...

Practical information

Museums of the Far East
Avenue Van Praet 44
1020 Brussels (Laeken)

Tel. : 02 268 16 08

Closing period : temporarily closed due to safety reasons