Some critics say a more significant gesture would have been to return looted objects and artworks to DR Congo, its former colony.
A controversial museum, focusing on Belgium’s colonial past, is re-opening after being closed for a year.
The event is being overshadowed by demands from former colonies, like the Democratic Republic of Congo, that it return some artefacts.
Curators say the renovated museum outside Brussels, takes a critical view of colonial rule in what was then the Belgian Congo.
Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports.