The Atomium - a Monument and Symbol of Brussels Built for Expo 58
Square de l'Atomium
1020 Brussels (BRUXELLES)
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- Opening Dates
- All year round
- Daily : 10:00-18:00
- All year round
The Atomium is the symbol of Brussels and Belgium, a unique monument and an emblematic witness to the Universal Exhibition of 1958
The Atomium is the most popular attraction in the Capital of Europe.
Take a surrealist walk through tubes and spheres, with a permanent exhibit dedicated to the history of the building: the Atomium also showcases temporary exhibits for all as well as a series of workshops and activities imbued with a futuristic and universal spirit.
The highest sphere opens onto a breathtaking view on the city of Brussels and surroundings.
At night 2,970 diodes lighten up the 102 metre-tall construction and giving it a fairy-like look.
A bit of history...
Built for the Brussels World's Fair in 1958, the Atomium was only supposed to last for 6 months, but such was its popularity, that it quickly became a major part of the Brussels landscape.
Standing 102 metres tall, its 2400 tons iron frame connects 9 (originally aluminium, now stainless steel) spheres.
The construction represents the 9 atoms of a unit cell of iron crystal and was a reference to science, which was the theme of the Expo in 1958, and the use of the atom which was in full development at the time.
The Atomium is open every day from 10am to 6pm. Last entry at 5:30 pm
Guided visits, videos and audio guides.
- audio and video guides for the deaf and the hard of hearing can be rented at the ticket office
- guided visits can be organised for a maximum of 25 persons
Information and reservations on the Atomium website
Children can spend a night in one of the spheres of the Atomium that has been prepared especially for them.
Night stays are reserved for school groups of children aged between 6 and 12 years old.
Info and reservations on the Atomium website
Persons with reduced mobility can access the central and higher spheres.
Unaccompanied children under the age of 14 are not allowed.
Animals not allowed.