Exhibition 150 years of Schouwburg

Since 1867 our Schouwburg (literally meaning ‘theatre’ in Dutch) is a place of grandeur, and a ‘temple’ for plays, concerts and performances. It is, without any doubt, one of the most recognizable and well-known places in town.

In 2017, we celebrated the theatre’s 150th anniversary with a huge birthday weekend. This anniversary was also the proper moment for retrospection and with the help of the city’s heritage department (Erfgoedcel Leuven), we created a brand new exhibition on the grand staircase.

In this exhibition we have visualized 150 years of Schouwburg. On your trip from the ground floor to the foyer on the second floor, you will travel through time. You’ll discover the most remarkable era and their corresponding heritage. Unique footages, noteworthy facts and intriguing testimonies bring history alive.

You can visit the exposition for free before and after each show in our main venue.

Open on Sunday!

Henceforth the doors of our Schouwburg also open every first Sunday of the month. You can visit the exhibition for free from 2.30 pm to 5 pm. At the end of your visit, our beautiful foyer is the ideal setting to enjoy some fine refreshments.

First dates

  • Sunday December 3rd 2017, 2.30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday January 7th, 2017, 2.30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday February 4th, 2018, 2.30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday March 4th, 2018, 2.30 – 5 pm

Don’t forget the guide!

Such a Sunday visit is of course incomplete without a look behind the scenes. At 2 pm, before the other visitors are allowed in, our guide will tell you the whole story of this beautiful venue. Together you’ll embark on a tour and discover many hidden gems, such the make-up rooms, the stage, the orchestra pit, the dressing rooms …


  • only for individual visitors (for groups > see below)
  • € 5 per person
  • a maximum of 20 participants
  • duration: 60’

Group visits?

Would you like a guided tour for your group of friends or colleagues? Contact us and we’ll try to accommodate your wishes regarding dates and formula.

Check out our options.