The comic strip museum in Brussels breaks visitor records

Brussels is known for being the capital of comic strips.

It is no surprise that the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD) broke its own record in 2018. Exactly 232,167 visitors discovered its exhibitions, which is an increase of 14% compared to the number of visitors from last year.

An accomplished attraction located in the heart of Brussels, the Comics Art Museum has been honouring the creators and heroes of the 9th Art for more than 25 years. The regularly renewed permanent exhibitions and a diversified programme of temporary exhibitions let visitors discover the countless aspects of comics art.


Tintin and the Smurfs lead the way towards further adventures, an encounter with a world where creativity has no limits.


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“When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.” Elvis Presley Apart from being the home of quite a few European institutions, Brussels is also the capital of beer, french fries, chocolate, waffles and comics. And these are just a few of the reasons why we love this city so much! Did you know that some of our most beloved comic heroes, like Tin Tin, Lucky Luke, Gaston and the Smurfs were actually created in Belgium? This is exactly why many tourists decide to follow the Comic Strip Route in order to discover Brussels and its comics heritage. The Belgian Comic Strip Centre was opened in 1989 but it wasn’t until 1991 that the project of the Comic Strip Route was started. It was an effort to embellish the empty city walls and pay tribute to some of the most famous Belgian comic artists. Nowadays, the trail features over 50 colorful mural paintings and is one of Brussels’ most visited landmarks. The project keeps growing everyday as new creations are added to the city walls and comic characters come alive in unexpected corners all around town. You can find the comic characters everywhere: on walls, building façades and museums. They are exhibited and sold in galleries and boutiques. They decorate restaurants and hotel rooms. They are celebrated and paraded in the streets. Comic book speech bubbles are on every corner. Check out these murals in our latest video of Brussels that’s live on Youtube A link to our channel is in our bio. #Brussels #Bruxelles #Visitbrussels #Welovebrussels #Igersbelgium #EU #RoyalPalace #VisitBelgium #TinTin #LuckyLuke #Gaston #Smurfs #Elvis #BelgianComicStripCenter #Mannekenpis #Belgique #Belgium #GrowingUpWithoutBorders

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Enhanced by an exceptional Art Nouveau home designed by Victor Horta, the Comics Art Museum is just as much a tribute to the pioneers as a glimpse of contemporary comics art.



232,167 visitors in 2018 is the latest record in the history of CBBD in terms of attendance. What does the future hold?