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Museum Guide for Brussels

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The must-see museums for the culture, art and history lovers when visiting Brussels — the vibrant heart of Europe.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover

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8 Places

Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles)

Historic Sites, History Museums, Arenas & Stadiums, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museum of Costume and Lace

History Museums, Speciality Museums

BELvue Museum

Speciality Museums

Musee Magritte Museum - Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Art Museums

Royal Palace (Palais Royal)

Castles, Historic Sites

Belgian Comic Strip Center

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums

MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

Speciality Museums

Art & History Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

AnaElisaSM's City Tips

  • The subway and bus lines will take you all around the city. You can get a day pass or a ten-trip pass, which can be used by more than one person.
  • Try the local, less famous beer brands. You'll be surprised!
  • Forget the fast food chains — there are many affordable places that serve a quick delicious bite.
  • As in any big city, be careful when walking around alone, at night or in strange neighborhoods.
  • Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles)
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Arenas & Stadiums, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    Inaugurated in 1887 and situated in the heart of Brussels — the Grand Place — the Museum of the City of Brussels is home to a great collection that represents the history and evolution of the city. Sculptures, monuments, tapestry, paintings, models and photographs take you back in time and help you better understand what the city is today. On the top floor, you’ll find one of the most famous symbols of Brussels: Manneken Pis. His dressing room contains hundreds and hundreds of costumes worn by him on special occasions. It is worth a visit just for the building itself, which together with the whole Grand Place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free on the first Sunday of the month and reduced entry at other times.
    • The closest subway stop is the Bourse/Beurs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 388 things to do in Brussels
    • A complete view of brussels history 15/01/2019
    • Interesting local history 10/01/2019
    • Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles)
    Address:
    Grand-Place
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 279 43 50
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museum of Costume and Lace
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    This charming museum is within a few minutes’ walk of the Grand Place and is where you can find and admire beautiful lace made in Brussels. Their costume collection is displayed in rotation, so if you happen to be in Brussels again, you can always go back for more!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free on the first Sunday of the month and reduced entry at other times.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #96 of 388 things to do in Brussels
    • Beautiful exhibition 27/12/2018
    • Limited exhibits 08/12/2018
    • Museum of Costume and Lace
    Address:
    Rue de la Violette 6
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 213 44 50
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • BELvue Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    The BELvue Museum is a temple to Belgian history, and each room takes you to a period of time — from the 1830 revolution to the colonization of Congo to the sixties - and at the same time you can learn more about each Belgian king. It is a gorgeous building situated next to the Royal Palace and just across from the Royal Park. You can also combine your visit with a meal at their lovely Green Kitchen, which serves fresh and affordable food.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Free on the first Sunday of the month and other discounts available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 388 things to do in Brussels
    • Very interesting national museum 09/01/2019
    • A sweet little museum. 06/01/2019
    • BELvue Museum
    Address:
    Place des Palais 7
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 500 45 55
    Price range:
    US$ 7 - US$ 7
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Musee Magritte Museum - Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
    Art Museums
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    The Magritte Museum only opened in 2009 and honors one of Belgium’s most treasured artists. The vast collection is presented chronologically from the third floor down and consists of a variety of works: drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, films and more. It’s located at the Place Royale, near the Royal Palace.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month.
    • Avoid queues by booking your ticket online in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 388 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good for art lovers 09/01/2019
    • Take your time to enjoy (and check if Magritte´s Artworks are back) 08/01/2019
    • Musee Magritte Museum - Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
    Address:
    Place Royale 1
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 508 32 11
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Other:
  • Royal Palace (Palais Royal)
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    The Royal Palace houses the King and Queen’s offices, provides lodging to foreign Heads of State during official visits, hosts receptions and more. It is open to the public every year from July 22nd to the beginning of September, and you can visit some of the most luxurious rooms free of charge.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get there early (doors open at 10.30am) to avoid lines.
    • You can picnic at the Royal Park opposite.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 388 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful palace 09/01/2019
    • open for public only from July 22 till September 2. 05/01/2019
    • Royal Palace (Palais Royal)
    Address:
    Place des Palais
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 551 20 20
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:30 AM - 3:45 PM
    Other:
  • Belgian Comic Strip Center
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    Comic books are intrinsic to Belgian culture. You've probably heard of Tintin and the Smurfs, but there is much more for you to find out at the Comic Strip Center. It is a light, fun and interesting visit around their permanent and temporary exhibits, and your ticket also gives access to the Reading Room, where you find thousands of titles.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • To complete your visit, have a nice meal at the Horta Brasserie, which is part of the building as well.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 388 things to do in Brussels
    • Different form of art from what you usually see! 09/01/2019
    • a unique museum 15/12/2018
    • Belgian Comic Strip Center
    Address:
    Rue des Sables 20
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 219 19 80
    Price range:
    US$ 13 - US$ 13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • MIM - Musical Instruments Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    The astonishing old England building on Montagne de la Cour houses the Musical Instruments Museum, or 'MIM.' The collection is rich in instruments of all kinds, from all over the world. It’s an enjoyable visit, even if (like me) you don’t play any instrument. I personally love that you can hear some of their sounds when you pass by!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The MIM restaurant has a fantastic view of the city through the big glass windows. If the weather is nice you can sit outside on their terrace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 388 things to do in Brussels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting but brief 08/01/2019
    • Disappointing visit 06/01/2019
    • MIM - Musical Instruments Museum
    Address:
    Rue Montagne de la Cour 2
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 545 01 30
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Art & History Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    AnaElisaSM Says:

    Located at the beautiful Cinquantenaire Park, this art and history museum is definitely worth a visit. It boasts a vast collection of archaeological and historical treasures, along with artistic objects from both European and non-European civilizations. You’ll be taken from America to China, from pre-historic times to the twentieth century. In fact, you might want to set one afternoon aside in order to enjoy both the museum and the park at ease.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the subway to Merode and you’re pretty much in the park!
    • Free on the first Wednesday afternoon of the month.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 388 things to do in Brussels
    • Wonderful museum 26/12/2018
    • Very good. 20/12/2018
    • Art & History Museum
    Address:
    Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
    Phone:
    +32 2 741 73 31
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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