Seven museums in Brussels are accessible, free of charge, for all university students, from Saturday, February 13 to Sunday, February 21. This is a unique opportunity to (re)discover the cultural heritage of Brussels in these times of crisis and precariousness.
Making culture accessible to all: this is one of the priorities of the Alderwoman for Culture, Tourism and Major Events, Delphine Houba, who has decided to open the doors of museums to students free of charge during Carnival week.
“This pandemic has had devastating effects on mental health and aggravates the precariousness of students,” Ms. Houba said. “Faced with the distress of our young people, it is important to me to provide concrete responses to fight against isolation by offering them a cultural activity in complete safety, all without spending a single euro”.
To benefit from this initiative, they will simply have to book their visit by phone and/or on the website of each museum. They will be asked to show their student card at the entrance of the museum.
“At a time when the students of our colleges and universities are experiencing a particularly trying year without ex-cathedra courses, without physical contact, without all this life of emulation and friendship so essential, it is important to offer them a moment of escape and discovery,” Ms. Houba said.
Through this action, which is part of a broader cultural policy of accessibility and inclusiveness, the City of Brussels is taking action so that young people can enjoy the rich collections of its museums and their temporary exhibitions.
“I’m thinking of the job seekers who find themselves out of work because of the health crisis. Inviting them to come and visit the collections and exhibitions of our museums free of charge is an opportunity to discover our treasures, whether we are talking about contemporary art, design, fashion, history, archaeology or folklore”.
Culture also proves to be a concrete response to students’ isolation and existential questioning.
Note: For the Design Museum Brussels it is not necessary to make a reservation. Students can go there directly.
Dates: From Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 February inclusive
For all persons with a valid student card 2020-2021