The Atomium is an international tourist attraction. This unique piece of architecture, created on the occasion of the World Fair of Brussels in 1958, became the most popular monument of the capital of Europe.
The Atomium (at the Heysel) was created by the architect André Waterkeyn on the occasion of the World Fair of Brussels in 1958. Its original structure symbolizes an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. In the 1950s, the atom was at the center of attention as the almost inexhaustible symbol of energy and modernity...
Atomium in figures
The Atomium is established by 9 spheres (1 sphere on each of the 8 tops and 1 in the centre). These 9 spheres are connected by 20 tubes, the whole resting on 3 pillars.
- total height: 102m
- diameter of spheres: 18m
- diameter of tubes: 3m30
- length of tubes on the edge of the cube: 29m
- length of diagonal tubes: 23m
- diameter of the base pavilion: 26m
- total mass (in 1958): 2.400 tons
Five balls of the Atomium are open to the public today. The basic sphere is dedicated to the permanent exhibition on the birth of the Atomium and the World Fair of 1958. Other balls welcome temporary exhibitions and multimedia installations. A whole sphere is reserved for children, with workshops and a place for sleeping for groups. The Atomium also welcomes concerts, projections of films, conferences,... Finally, the heighest ball is a restaurant with a great view on Brussels today.
Art & Design Atomium Museum
The Art & Design Atomium Museum is located next to the Atomium. This museum is dedicated to hundreds of items in plastic (1960-2000). It offers a permanent Plasticarium exhibition of objects, design and art as well as temporary exhibitions on art and design from the 20th century until today.