Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958), commonly called Expo 58. It symbolized the democratic will to maintain peace among all the nations, faith in progress, both technical and scientific and, finally, an optimistic vision of the future of a modern, new, super-technological world for a better life for mankind.
The Atomium was not intended to survive beyond the 1958 World Fair but its popularity and success soon made it a key landmark, first of Brussels then internationally.
Half a century later, the Atomium continues, for that matter, to embody those ideas of the future and universality. And, among other things through its cultural programming, it carries on the debate begun in 1958: What kind of future do we want for tomorrow? What does happiness depend on?
Over and above the symbolic value linked to its history, the Atomium has become one of the icons of the city of Brussels: capital of Europe, with which it has a special relationship. Since its inspired restoration (2006), the landmark that many people call the most Belgian monument is also a museum with its permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.
The completely steel-clad Atomium is a kind of UFO in the cultural history of Humanity, a mirror turned simultaneously towards the past and the future, comparing Utopias of yesterday with dreams for tomorrow.
Art and Design Atomium Museum
Visit the only museum in Brussels, dedicated to designing from the XXth century until today, situated next to the Atomium.
The ADAM was opened in December 2015 and proposes:
• the exceptional collection of the Plasticarium as the permanent collection
• different temporary exhibitions with themes as art and design from the XX century until today
• an art center with group visits, activities, conferences, rooms for private usage, a shop and café.
You can use an audio-application and information sheets for free, the information is adapted especially for the little ones.