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Arts on prescriptions Brussels

Project title

Arts on prescriptions Brussels

Description of initiative

In 2021, the Brussels-City councillor in charge of culture and tourism launched a three-month museum prescriptions initiative involving the CHU Brugmann psychiatry department prescribing patients visits to the five public museums in Brussels: The Sewer Museum, The Brussels City Museum, The Fashion & Lace Museum, the Centrale Museum for Contemporary Art and The GardeRobe MannekenPis Museum. The concept of ‘museum prescriptions’ refers to the practice of doctors prescribing culture as a treatment for patients suffering from stress, burnout, mental illness and anxiety. Naturally, it is not an alternative to tried and tested medical approaches, instead it is supposed to function as a supplement. The cultural initiative was aimed to alleviate some of the pent up stress from the pandemic and social distancing measures.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Individual well-being
Mental health
Physical health
Quality of social relations


arts on prescription, museum, health, pilot project, reduced stress

Target group

Adults | Older people

Cultural field



2021 - 2021

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt

Reduce stress
Reduce depression
Stronger social ties


Brussels City Council
Public / State | Culture


Clinique du Stress Brugmann
Public / State | Health