National State Archives

State Archives in the Provinces


Provinces

Antwerp

Brabant (Flemish)

Brabant (Walloon)

Brussels Capital Region

East Flanders

Hainault

Liege

Limburg

Luxemburg

Namur

West Flanders

National State Archives


On this page you get an overview of the National State Archives and State Archives in the provinces of Belgium. For further information concerning other archives see the page Archives in Belgium.

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General annual entrance fee for all State Archives of Belgium is fixed to 20 EUR (10 EUR for students). A special entrance card to 1 location during 7 days is available at 5 EUR.

Algemeen Rijksarchief Brussel / Archives Générales du Royaume

ARAB Location map

Algemeen Rijksarchief Brussel / Archives Générales du Royaume
Ruisbroekstraat 2-10
B-1000 Brussel
tel +32 (0)2 513 76 80
fax +32 (0)2 513 76 81
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

General reading room Tuesday-Friday 08.30 - 17.55 From September till June
  Tuesday-Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
  Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the central institutions of the Burgundian, Spanish and Austrian Netherlands till 1795, of some central institutions of the French period (1795-1815) and the period of the Kingdom of Netherlands (1815-1830). From the foundation of Belgium till now also the archives of the central institutions of the national/federal government with the exception of the ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs.
  • Family archives and personal archives of some politicians.
  • Maps, plans, imprints and manuscripts.

Location:

The archives are located at 5 minutes walking-distance from the Central Station. When you leave the station, follow the 'Cantersteen' and the 'Boulevard de l'Empereur'. Behind the 'Bibliothèque Royale Albert I' (nr. 4) take the stairs at your left hand and walk through the gallery. There is no free parking place in the neighbourhood.

Algemeen Rijksarchief Brussel 2/ Archives Générales du Royaume 2

Algemeen Rijksarchief Brussel 2 / Archives Générales du Royaume 2
Hopstraat 26-28
B-1000 Brussel
tel +32 (0)2 274 15 00
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Wednesday-Thursday 09.00 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 Only on appointment

Description:

  • Archives of the external services of the Federal Public Service Justice (penal institutions)
  • Archives of the courts and tribunals under the responsiblity of the Brussels-Capital Region (justices of peace, police tribunals, Court of Cassation, etc.)
  • Archives of the Federal Public Service Economy (patents)
  • Archives of the Ministry for Reconstruction (files on war damages)
  • Business archives

Archief van het Koninklijk Paleis / Archives du Palais Royal / Archives of the Royal Palace

Archief van het Koninklijk Paleis
Hertogsstraat 2
B-1000 Brussel
tel +32 (0)2 551 20 20
fax +32 (0)2 512 56 85
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Monday - Friday 08.30 - 12.00 13.00 - 16.30 (on appointment with the archivist !!)

Description:

Archives of departments and services of the palace (Field Marshall of the Court, the King's Cabinet, the King's Civil List, the Military House of the King, the Queen's Secretariat), or by members of the Royal Family. The archives are property of the Crown.

Location:

The archives are in the neighbourhood of the Park, 'Place des Palais' and 'Place du Trône' and at 10 minutes walking distance from the Central Station and the Station Bruxelles-Quartier-Léopold. There is scarcely parking place on the 'Place des Palais'.

State Archives in the provinces

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RA Brugge RA Kortrijk RA Gent RA Ronse RA Antwerpen RA Hasselt AR Tournai AR Tournai AR Mons AR Namur AR Liège AR Liège AR Eupen AR Saint-Hubert AR Arlon RA Anderlecht RA Beveren AR Louvain-la-Neuve RA Leuven Click on this map to go directly to the corresponding Archives

Antwerp / Antwerpen / Anvers

Rijksarchief te Antwerpen

Rijksarchief te Antwerpen
Door Verstraeteplein 5
B-2018 Antwerpen
tel +32 (0)3 236 73 00
fax +32 (0)3 236 73 00
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!) Closed from September 3, 2007 till further notice.

The archives and library will be transfered to the Archives in Beveren, where they can be consulted from October 30, 2007 on.
The microfilms and genealogical copies will be available in a temporary reading room in the Sanderusstraat 81-85 (in Antwerp) near the old court of justice, also from October 30, 2007 on.
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June (Closed in July and August)
1st and 3rd Saturday of month 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the public and private institutions in the actual province of Antwerp.
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of the province of Antwerp.

Location:

The archives are located at 10 minutes walking-distance from the Berchem Station. Via the 'Cogels Osylei' and the 'Lange Altaarstraat' you reach the archives. From the Central Station you can reach the archives in 15 minutes by walking through the 'Carnotstraat', 'Provinciestraat', 'Rolwagenstraat', 'Dageraadplaats' and 'Kreeftstraat'. By car you reach the archives via the 'Plantin Moretuslei' and the 'Wolfstraat' (just opposite the Bank van Breda). Parking is difficult in the neighbourhood.

Brabant (Flemish)

Rijksarchief te Leuven

Rijksarchief te Leuven
College van Villers
Vaartstraat 24-26
B-3000 Leuven
tel +32 (0)16 31 49 54
fax +32 (0)16 31 49 61
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the province of Flemish Brabant.
  • Church archives of Flemish-Brabant.
  • The archives of the University of Leuven.
  • The archives of G. Eyskens.
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of the provinces Flemish and Walloon Brabant and the 'Brussels Capital Region'.

Location:

The archives are located at 15 minutes walking-distance from the Leuven Station. When you leave the station, follow the 'Diestsestraat' till the statue of 'Dorre de Bakker', turn to the right, go downwards alongside the Courthouse and cross the street. Parking places in the centre of Leuven are very scarse. The car-park under the 'Ladeuzeplein' is at 5 minutes walking-distance from the archives. You reach the archives by following the 'Vanderkelenstraat', the 'Bondgenotenlaan', the 'Diestsestraat' and crossing the 'Rijschoolstraat'. The archives are at your righthand side.

Brabant (Walloon)

Archives de l'État à Louvain-la-Neuve

Archives de l'Etat à Louvain-la-Neuve
rue Paulin Ladeuze 16
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
tel +32 (0)10 23 00 90
fax +32 (0)10 23 00 98
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
1st and 3rd Saturday of month 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the province of Walloon Brabant.
  • Church archives of Walloon Brabant.

Brussels Capital Region

Rijksarchief te Anderlecht / Archives de l'Etat à Anderlecht

Rijksarchief te Anderlecht / Archives de l'Etat à Anderlecht
Demetskaai 7
B-1070 Anderlecht
tel +32 (0)2 524 61 15
fax +32 (0)2 520 93 21
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the 'Court of Brabant'.
  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the 'Brussels Capital Region'.
  • Church archives of the 'Brussels Capital Region'.
  • Provincial archives of the former province of Brabant.
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of the 'Brussels Capital Region' and the provinces Hainault, Liege, Namur and Walloon Brabant.

Location:

The archives are located nearby the historic centre of Anderlecht. Due to the difficult traffic-situation we advise to avoid coming by car. You can reach the archives by metro or tram.
From the Bruxelles-Midi station, you can take tram 56 in the direction "Erasmusziekenhuis" till the stop "Cureghem". After crossing the bridge, follow the canal during 50 meter. The archives are before the trainbridge.
From the Bruxelles-Central station, you can take the metro 1B in the direction "Bizet" till the station "Aumale". Follow the "Vander Bruggenstraat" till the canal and follow the canal during 50 meter. The archives are before the trainbridge.

East Flanders / Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale

Rijksarchief te Beveren

Rijksarchief te Beveren
Kruibekesteenweg 39/1
B-9120 Beveren-Waas
tel +32 (0)3 750 29 77
fax +32 (0)3 750 29 70
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial district of Dendermonde (province of East Flanders).
  • National auxiliary depot of the contemporary archives.
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of all the flemish provinces (Antwerp, East Flanders, Flemish Brabant, Limburg and West Flanders).

Location:

The archives are located at 3 minutes walking-distance from the Beveren Station. By car you reach the archives via the N70 Ghent-Antwerp. Coming from Ghent you take the street right at the 2nd traffic lights, at the end of the street left and at the end of the street left once more. Coming from Antwerp you take the street left at the 1st traffic lights after the marketplace, at the end of the street left and at the end of the street left once more. There is enough parking in the neighbourhood.

Rijksarchief te Gent

Rijksarchief te Gent
Geraard de Duivelstraat 1
B-9000 Gent
tel +32 (0)9 225 13 38
fax +32 (0)9 225 13 38
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
1st Saturday of month 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial district of Ghent (province of East Flanders).

Location

The archives are situated at 15 minutes walking-distance from the Ghent-Dampoort Station. You reach the archives via the St. Machariuschurch and the Belgacom-tower or by taking trolleybus 3 to the Belfort. From the Ghent-Sint-Pieters Station you reach the archives by taking Tram 1, 11 or 12 stop 'koornmarkt'. Parking in the neighbourhood is paying. You can also leave you car in the park-building on the 'W.Wilsonplein'.

Rijksarchief te Ronse (Renaix)

Opening hours: Definitively closed from September 1, 2009 on.

Description:

Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial district of Oudenaarde (province of East Flanders).

After the closure of the Archives in September 2009 you will find the records prior to 1796 in the Rijksarchief te Gent, and the records of the 19th and 20th century in the Rijksarchief te Beveren. The microfilms and library will be moved to the Rijksarchief te Kortrijk.

Hainault / Henegouwen / Hainaut

Archives de l'État à Mons (Bergen)

Archives de l'État à Mons
Avenue des Bassins 66
B-7000 Mons
tel +32 (0)65 40 04 60
fax +32 (0)65 40 04 61
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial districts of Charleroi and Mons (province of Hainault).

Location:

The archives are located in the vicinity 'Grands Prés' at 2 km from the Mons Station. You can take the free shuttle-bus (A) to the Belgacom building. From there you follow the 'Rue des Bassins', cross the 'Avenue Thomas Edison' in the direction of 'Mons Expo'. The archives are under this Expo-hall. By car coming from the highway E19-E42 (exit 24) you can reach the archives by following the direction 'Les Grands Prés'. At the first circus take the 'Avenue Thomas Edison'. You can park your car on the free parking of 'Mons Expo'.

Archives de l'État à Tournai (Doornik)

Postal address:

Archives de l'État à Tournai
rue des Augustins 20
B-7500 Tournai
tel +32 (0)69 22 53 76
fax +32 (0)69 54 54 83
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial district of Tournai (Doornik) (province of Hainault).

Location:

The archives are situated in the historical center of the town, at 5 minutes walking distance from the 'Grand Place'. There is enough parking place in the neighbourhood, but it is paying.

Limburg / Limburg / Limbourg

Rijksarchief te Hasselt

Rijksarchief te Hasselt
Bampslaan 4
B-3500 Hasselt
tel +32 (0)11 22 17 66
fax +32 (0)11 23 40 46
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the actual province of Limburg.

Location:

The archives are located at 3 minutes walking distance from the Hasselt-Station which is located in the same street. Parking in the neighbourhood is rather tricky.

Liege / Luik / Liège

Staatsarchiv Eupen

Staatsarchiv Eupen
Kaperberg 2-4
B-4700 Eupen
tel +32 (0)87 55 87 77
fax +32 (0)87 55 87 77
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
1st Saturday of month 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions of the German community (Eupen, Sankt-Vith, Butgenbach and La Calamine) or judicial district of Eupen (province of Liege).
  • Town archives of Eupen.

Location:

The archives are located at 5 minutes walking-distance from the Eupen Station. The neighbouring busstation is located in the bottom part of the 'Gosperstraße'. If you come by car via the E42 highway you can reach the archives by fllowing the 'Herbesthaler-', 'Vervierser-', 'Aachener-' and 'Hookstraße'. On the 'Werthplatz' there is plenty of parking place. The archives are located on the upper part of this square.

Archives de l'État à Liège

Archives de l'État à Liège
rue du Chéra 79
B-4000 Liège
tel +32 (0)4 252 03 93
fax +32 (0)4 229 33 50
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial district of Liege, Huy and Verviers (province of Liege).

Location:

The archives are located in the 'Quartier de Cointe' which you can reach by bus 21 from the Liège-Guillemins Station, busstop 'Place du Batty' or by car from the A625 highway exit Guillemins via the 'Avenue de l'Observatoire' to the right following the direction 'Cointe' to the 'Place du Batty'. From there follow the direction 'Ardennes/Archives de l'Etat'. The archives have a large parking reserved for the visitors.

Luxemburg / Luxemburg / Luxembourg

Archives de l'État à Arlon

Archives de l'État à Arlon
Parc des Expositions
B-6700 Arlon
tel +32 (0)63 22 06 13
fax +32 (0)63 22 06 13
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial districts of Arlon and Neufchâteau (province of Luxemburg).
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of the province of Luxemburg.

Note:

Before 1839 the region of Arlon was part of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg. Some archives before 1839 are kept by the National Archives of Luxemburg.

Location:

The archives are situated at the exit of Arlon in the direction of Virton, at 10 minutes walking distance from the Station. You can reach the archives with TEC-bus 26 South.

Archives de l'État à Saint-Hubert

Archives de l'État à Saint-Hubert
Ancienne Abbaye - Quartier Abbatial
place de l'Abbaye
B-6870 Saint-Hubert
tel +32 (0)61 61 14 55
fax +32 (0)61 61 14 55
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
1st & 3rd Saturday of month 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial district of Marche-en-Famenne and the judicial canton of Saint-Hubert (in the judicial district of Neufchâteau) (province of Luxemburg).
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of the province of Luxemburg.

Location:

The town of Saint-Hubert is not located on a railway line, so you can best reach the archives by car. Leave the N4 Bruxelles-Luxembourg at Barrière-de-Champlon in the direction of Saint-Hubert or the E411 highway Luxembourg-Bruxelles at exit Recogne-Libramont-Sud in the direction of Recogne and Saint-Hubert or exit Transinne-Nord in the direction Poix and Saint-Hubert. You can leave your car on the 'Place de l'Abbaye (parvis de la basilique)' except on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (market) and the fortnight around Whitsun (village fair).

Namur / Namen / Namur

Archives de l'État à Namur

Archives de l'État à Namur
rue d'Arquet 45
B-5000 Namur
tel +32 (0)81 22 34 98
fax +32 (0)81 65 41 99
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the province of Namur.
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of the province of Namur.

Location:

The archives are located in the 'Quartier de Bomel', at 10 minutes walking distance from the Namur Station. Leave the station in the direction 'Boulevard du Nord' (opposite to the town), follow the 'Boulevard du Nord' to the 'Pont de Louvain', at the square follow the 'Rue d'Arquet' and pass in front of the church. The archives are 50 meter further. By car coming from the highway Bruxelles-Luxembourg follow the exit Champion in the direction of Namur. At the bottom of the descent follow the direction Bommel and turn in the 'Rue d'Arquet' . Parking is rather easy in the neighbourhood.

West Flanders / West-Vlaanderen / Flandre Occidentale

Rijksarchief te Brugge (Bruges)

Rijksarchief te Brugge
Academiestraat 14-18
B-8000 Brugge
tel +32 (0)50 33 72 88
fax +32 (0)50 33 72 88
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial districts of Brugge, Ieper and Veurne (province of West Flanders).
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of the province of West Flanders.

Location:

The archives are located at 20 minutes walking distance from the Brugge Station. You can reach the archives via the 'Steenstraat' and the 'Vlamingstraat'. You can also take bus 8 with busstop at 50 meter of the archives. By car you can reach the archives through the 'Ezelpoort'. Parking in the neighbourhood is impossible. You can best leave your car on the paying parking place 'Biekorf'. From there you can reach the archives via the 'Naaldenstraat'.

Rijksarchief te Kortrijk (Courtrai)

Rijksarchief te Kortrijk
Guido Gezellestraat 1
B-8500 Kortrijk
tel +32 (0)56 21 32 68
fax +32 (0)56 20 57 42
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Opening hours: (mind the closing days !!)

Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 16.25 From September till June
Tuesday - Friday 08.30 - 11.55 13.00 - 16.25 In July and August
Saturday 09.00 - 12.25 13.00 - 15.55 (Closed in July and August)

Description:

  • Archives of the (public and private) institutions in the judicial district of Kortrijk (province of West Flanders).
  • Microfilms (Parish Registers and Civil Registration) of the province of West Flanders.

Location:

The archives are located at 10 minutes walking distance from the Kortrijk Station. You can reach the archives via the 'Grote Markt'. You can leave your car on the parking place Dam across the Leie at 50 meter walking distance from the Archives.



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