The museum focuses on the L’art royal africain PDF, a former Belgian colony. Some researchers have strong ties with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
December 2018 when the museum will reopen. The building was designed by the Belgian architect Albert-Philippe Aldophe and the classical gardens by French landscape architect Elie Lainé. The Museum began to support academic research, but due to the avid collecting of the scientists, the collection soon grew too large for the museum and enlargement was needed. Tervuren became a rich suburb of Brussels. In late 2013 the museum was closed to allow a major renovation of its exhibits and an extension.