Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History is the perfect stop for history and military enthusiasts. Located in the two northernmost halls of the Cinquantenaire Park historic complex, the museum collections comprise more than 10 centuries of military and technology history, ranging from suits of armor, antique firearms and swords to armored vehicles and airplanes. Numerous paintings, sculptures, decorations, and military uniforms bring back to life the military history of this area. Admission is free. Closed on Mondays.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands21,592 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very large museum - take a full day
    The museum is very large … even though the 1st world war section was regrettably closed, one could easily spend a full day. The location in the big park is also quite appealing. Attractive displays although the planes were literally covered in dust.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Malachy Kealey
    Preston, United Kingdom184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very possibly the best military museum in Europe
    It is a must-visit for any enthusiast of European and military history. The museum covers European military history in four main sections; the medieval era, the Napoleonic Era, World War I and finally World War II. Each section contains a wide collection of artifacts, vehicles and weaponry and a great deal of information regarding various key events, people and battles of significant importance. The World War I section greets you with its displays of artillery, tanks and planes and detailed information of the various campaigns of the war. The World War II section includes fascinating collections of propaganda from the era and impressive mannequin displays including German motorized infantry, US 101st Airborne Division and British paratroopers. Beyond all this, there is a sort of large aircraft hangar which has a massive collection of modern day fighter aircraft and helicopters. This museum is the most impressive I have ever seen and is very possibly the best military museum in Europe.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Owain
    United Kingdom137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out! Go for it!
    Brilliant museum and a great way to pass some time when in Brussels. Facinating and really interesting, they have a great collection. I wish they had more tanks though, they only have a small selection but have a lot of aircrafts. The section on the Soviet Union is also small. What they have and the aircrafts are amazing, I had to cut my trip short to catch my flight home but I wish I could have spent more time there. The aircrafts and world wars sections are facinating.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Kelly H
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to go
    An amazing museums. Some of the exhibits were being renovated when we went, but there is SO MUCH to see. They layout is easy to follow and the artifacts on display are beautiful. It's a very well thought and designed experience. The aviation hangar in particular is a standout. I particularly loved their dedicated Sabena exhibit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Corinne L
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it to see
    The museum is very big. You could spend more than a day here if you wanted to read everything displayed. We didn't. We enjoyed seeing the aircrafts and tanks. Actually, we saw 2 of the tanks started and driven as they looked like they had to move them around to reposition them. It was awesome to see. The view from the lookout at the top was amazing.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • AAleR
    Saint John, Canada423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the day to visit this place
    Take the day to visit this place. What a phenomenal collection of war related artifacts. If you have any interest in any conflict related history, then this is the place for you. It will, however, take many hours to go through everything. You can climb up to the top of the Arches, what a view from the top!. Highly rated and well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2024
  • Alinuca
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    It is an impressive museum with many interesting exhibits and the whole design and flow of the visit was well thought. One gets to have the first glimpse of Belgian history from this museum. I really appreciated the objectivity and realism of the exhibitions.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 May 2024
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Peter B
Cincinnati, OH421 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This has a feel of someone’s attic, basement, and garage full to bursting with memorabilia. Its amazing that such a small country purchased and deployed so much equipment over the centuries. This might be a decent place for kids.
Written 25 May 2024
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Alinuca
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It is an impressive museum with many interesting exhibits and the whole design and flow of the visit was well thought. One gets to have the first glimpse of Belgian history from this museum. I really appreciated the objectivity and realism of the exhibitions.
Written 7 May 2024
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BTS1972
Munich, Germany3,484 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Having been here before, I was shocked. The tank section offers THREE exhibits and is a construction site. Same goes for the aircraft section, which is open to 50%. A lot of exhibits need dire repairs and all need cleansing and cleaning. The documentation is mostly missing or very short and seems to be written in the seventieth. A complete waste of time and money. Better go for the Autoworld on the other side.
Written 6 May 2024
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AAleR
Saint John, Canada423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Take the day to visit this place. What a phenomenal collection of war related artifacts. If you have any interest in any conflict related history, then this is the place for you. It will, however, take many hours to go through everything. You can climb up to the top of the Arches, what a view from the top!. Highly rated and well worth a visit.
Written 26 March 2024
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada26,541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
With quite a number of military materials (from the smallest ones such as medals & decorations to the largest ones such as tanks & planes) to see which are also organized into the areas based on "time periods" and also those areas themselves more-or-less arranged "in a sequence", it was a "fairly informative" visit through the Museum's "3 areas" (with also two beautiful rows of small national flags seen a little above "right inside" the 1st area): the "Pre-modern area" although not going too far back in time and just to about the 19th century with common weapons of swords & long-length guns in those days seen "quite plenty" among the displays in the area (which yes is also the area with the most "smaller miscellaneous" items in glass-display cases although with also a number of nice-sized military-themed paintings to look up on the walls); the "WWI area" where the displays are mostly on the "heavy side" such as tanks & not-small-but-fairly-sizeable artillery guns which I found pretty great for photo-ops (and also with some significant number of life-sized "models in uniform" from like both sides of WWI); and the "WWII & beyond area" which is a spacious-rectangular area like an "airport hangar" with some "impressive number" of military aircraft which are mostly planes (& a few helicopters) among which is one transport-type plane with a stairway to "go up inside", and where also to see in a small room just a part of that hangar structure are a number of displays of Belgium's "Antarctic explorations".

And, arriving afterwards (yes with like an "interior connection" without having to go back outside, and with also like a small "gallery of knights" to go through then an "intermediate level" with some more displays along the way up) was at the top of the "adjacent structure" which is the Cinquantenaire Arch with a fairly-good view of the "city all around" & also a pretty-up-close view of the "top chariot" (the chariot sculpture all the way at the top of the Arch) where there are also "2 sides" of that top area (one on each side of the chariot's platform).

After arriving at the Cinquantenaire Park on its "east side" (by taking the metro from the De Brouckere station near the Grote Markt to the Merode station right beside the Park), it was after the "museum visit" when I walked through that great 3-part Arch to the "west side" of the Park from which there's actually a "much-better view" of the Arch along with the semicircular Arcade structure around the Arch (compared to that from the Park's "east side" with no view of the Arcade).
Written 8 March 2024
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besbensen
Esbjerg, Denmark53 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We came for the aircraft exhibition. Since we were there ten years ago, nothing has changed, nor have the aircraft in the cold and damp exhibition hall been dusted or cleaned. We felt sorry for the aircraft on display: Flat and decomposed tyres, dirt and dust everywhere, and corrosion setting in, because of the quite damp and cold air in the hall. Ten years ago, the mezzanine was 'temporarily closed for repair', preventing a close look at half the interesting aircraft typers. At our recent visit, the temporary closure is still in force!
It is such a pity that these aircraft - some of them quite rare and valuable - are left to decompose due to neglect and a seemingly lack of interest.
Written 21 January 2024
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Corinne L
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The museum is very big. You could spend more than a day here if you wanted to read everything displayed. We didn't. We enjoyed seeing the aircrafts and tanks. Actually, we saw 2 of the tanks started and driven as they looked like they had to move them around to reposition them. It was awesome to see. The view from the lookout at the top was amazing.
Written 11 October 2023
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Kelly H
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An amazing museums. Some of the exhibits were being renovated when we went, but there is SO MUCH to see. They layout is easy to follow and the artifacts on display are beautiful. It's a very well thought and designed experience. The aviation hangar in particular is a standout. I particularly loved their dedicated Sabena exhibit.
Written 19 September 2023
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Johan B
Gävle, Sweden25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Big part of the exhibition was closed and a lot of the items showed were missing lights to be able to see the displayed items. Very limited text translated into English.
Written 16 September 2023
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Owain
United Kingdom137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Brilliant museum and a great way to pass some time when in Brussels. Facinating and really interesting, they have a great collection. I wish they had more tanks though, they only have a small selection but have a lot of aircrafts. The section on the Soviet Union is also small.

What they have and the aircrafts are amazing, I had to cut my trip short to catch my flight home but I wish I could have spent more time there. The aircrafts and world wars sections are facinating.
Written 14 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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