Want to know about the best museums in Brussels? Then this is the article for you. Here you'll see exactly where you should go in the capital of Belgium.
During some days in the year, certain museums are free. Thereby making these museums one of the best free things to do in Brussels. You can see the free days on the websites of the museums.
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1. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are a few great museums to visit.
The collection of the museums has thousands of objects. The collection includes drawings, paintings, and sculptures, spanning about 500 years.
Moreover, the artworks are all made by Belgian people. In total, there are 5 museums all with their own type of art.
For example, the Old Masters Museum holds many paintings created by, among others, Rubens, Hieronymus Bosch, and Anthony van Dijck.
Another great museum is the Magritte Museum that displays the largest collection of paintings made by the painter René Magritte.
I am sure you will like the museums! No matter how long you're in Brussels, you should go there. Even if you're only one day in Brussels!
2. Musical Instruments Museum
For a museum fully dedicated to music and musical instruments, go to the Musical Instruments Museum.
A wide variety of musical instruments is on display here. Furthermore, there are exhibits that focus on Belgian musical history and exhibits where visitors can listen to musical extracts.
Also, this is one of the best places in Brussels to get a view of the city. This makes visiting this museum even more fun.
Just head to the restaurant at the top of the building, and be amazed by the view you get from there. I'd definitely recommend doing so. This restaurant is great, but there are more amazing restaurants in Brussels!
3. Museum of Natural Sciences
Another great museum in Brussels is the Museum of Natural Sciences and it is one of the best museums in Brussels.
Here you'll find all kinds of objects relating to natural history.
There are many great exhibitions, but one of the best is the dinosaur hall, which is one of the best of its kind in the world.
Furthermore, there are gems, moon rock, mammal skeletons, and much more.
4. Art & History Museum
The Art & History Museum is one of the largest museums in Europe. You can see so many different objects here!
There are objects from all over the world, through all periods of time, and in every style there is.
For example, you have here marble sculptures from the Roman Empire, there is Islamic art, you'll find here artifacts from ancient American civilizations.
Furthermore, there are many more other things.
So if you like to see a large variety of objects, you should definitely go to this museum!
The museum is in Parc du Cinquantenaire. This park is also one of the best photo spots in Brussels.
5. BELvue museum
For a museum with the history of Belgium, go to the BELvue Museum.
The permanent exhibition of the museum consists of several rooms. All rooms focus on a social theme where the present is compared with the history.
The idea of the museum is to get a better understanding of modern-day Belgium. So if you are looking for that, I definitely recommend going here.
Furthermore, there is a hall with over 200 objects that are all related to the history of Belgium.
6. Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History
Want to learn a lot about the history of the Belgium military and military in general? Then go to the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History!
You find here objects related to everything of the military, such as canons, weapons, and armor.
Furthermore, there are a lot of larger items such as tanks and airplanes.
Also, there are displays where you can see how life was like during World War 2 and other moments during other wars.
This all makes this one of the best military museums in the world and one of the best museums in Brussels.
7. Brussels City Museum
A museum dedicated to the history and folklore of the city of Brussels is the Brussels City Museum.
You'll find here a collection that consists of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, photos, and scale models of how the city looked like during the Middle Ages.
Furthermore, the building in which the museum is located is itself very beautiful and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That definitely adds to your experience when you are going here!
Go to Autoworld for a museum that focuses on vintage cars.
There are more than 250 cars from both European and American manufacturers that you can see.
Furthermore, there are many cars that were produced in Belgian and several that belong to the royal family of Belgium.
Also, several expositions are held here every year, all focusing on a specific theme.
9. Horta Museum
At the Horta Museum, you will see a museum that is focused on the Belgian architect Victor Horta.
He was an architect that designed in the Art Nouveau style. The museum is located inside his house and his workshop.
Inside the museum, you see furniture and other objects designed by Victor Horta and other artists of his time.
Furthermore, there are many temporary exhibitions that relate to the architect. The house is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10. Belgian Comic Strip Center
Another lovely museum to visit is the Belgian Comic Strip Center. There you can find a collection of all kinds of comics-related objects. This is one of the best museums in Brussels for sure.
You'll see exhibits with works of many Belgian artists. Some of the comics include "Suske en Wiske", "The Adventures of Tintin" and "Spirou et Fantasio".
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