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The GUM for secondary education

Tours & workshops
What does a scientist do exactly? Is a researcher allowed to have doubts, fail or be creative? What challenges do scientists face? And what impact does research have on our society? A guide will take you deeper into the world of science and explore these questions. Discover the horse of Auzoux, a phonautograph, the cork model of the Pantheon and many other objects that reveal the growth, blossoming and development of science as a human activity.

Below you will find our offer for secondary education in the GUM. Would you like to book? Then click on the button below the programme of your choice.

We would like to give the following information:

  • Reservations can be made up to 4 weeks in advance.

  • We welcome larger groups, but have a maximum capacity per day:

    • Maximum 6 activities per day in GUM (across all groups)

    • Maximum 6 activities per day in Botanical Garden (across all groups)

    • Maximum 2 tours per half hour

If you still have questions:



Science and society

Tour for first to sixth year secondary school pupils

We examine how science is connected with society, from medicine to Olympic sports and from crime to advertising. Are scientists in a better position to know what is good for society? Are they responsible for their discoveries or inventions? And what impact does science have on our daily lives? The young people will discover that science is not a remote concept at all.

  • Duration: 90 minutes

  • Number of pupils: 15

  • Price: €80,-


Science and ethics

Guided tour for fifth and sixth year secondary school pupils

How far can and should we go? This tour investigates the limits of science. The students will explore the world of laboratory animals and relate objects to themes such as decolonisation. We also consider the ethical issues surrounding displays of human remains.

  • Duration: 90 minutes

  • Number of pupils: 15

  • Price: €80,-


Philosophy of science

Guided tour for third to sixth year secondary school pupils

Which questions do scientists get asked? How do they deal critically with knowledge? How much scope is there for imagination, doubt and failure? The students will discover the person behind the scientist and dive deeper into the answers that science can (or cannot) offer. They will also explore the value of doubt and approach matters based on the philosophy of science.

  • Duration: 90 minutes

  • Number of pupils: 15

  • Price: €80,-

Phallus. Norm & Form.

Explore with a guide the exhibition "Phallus. Norm & Form" from 24.03.2022 to 16.04.2023.

Guided tour for secondary schools

In March 2022, a new exhibition opened that will probably appeal to your youngsters. Intrigue, at the very least. Phallus. Norm & Form questions our ideas about gender, science and standards. Does the penis make the man? Do our norms determine how we think about shapes? The exhibition runs until 8 January 2023 and includes an offer for secondary education, in cooperation with Sensoa vzw. Book your guided tour now!

  • Duration: 90 minutes

  • Number of pupils: 15

  • Price: €80,-


GUM Atelier

Inside & outside the BOX

Interactive assignment for first to sixth year secondary school pupils

During this workshop, the pupils themselves will be the researchers. They will be presented with a skeleton in the BOX (= GUM’s workshop space). Research and asking the right questions will enable them to discover which animal the skeleton belongs to. The museum will provide inspiration on how to measure and classify and what the scientific method entails. As a result, the students will literally and figuratively think inside and outside the box.

We will adapt the workshop to the level of the group.

Due to the capacity of our workshop spaces, it is only possible to attend this workshop with 2 groups, both in the morning and in the afternoon.

  • Duration: 120 minutes

  • Number of pupils: 15

  • Price: €90,-

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