Brussels’ museums and other monuments
Activities, Belgium
 5 Oct '23
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Brussels is a city rich in culture, history and art. If you are planning to visit the capital of Belgium, you might be wondering which are the museums and other monuments that you should not miss. In this blog post, we will give you some suggestions for your itinerary, based on your interests and preferences.

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# Museum
1 AfricaMuseum – Royal Museum for Central Africa
Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren
Tervuren Station
2 Art & History Museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10, 1000 Brussels
Merode
3 Art & Marges Museum
Rue Haute 314, 1000 Brussels
Porte de Hal / Hallepoort
4 Autoworld Brussels
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, 1000 Brussels
Gaulois, Merode
5 Autrique House
Chaussée de Haecht 266, 1030 Schaerbeek
Herman, Schaerbeek Robiano
6 Belgian Beer WorldBoulevard Anspach 80, 1000 Brussels (Bourse Building) Bourse / Beurs
7 Belgian Chocolate VillageRue De Neck 20, 1081 Brussels (Koekelberg) Simonis Elisabeth
8 Belgian Comic Strip Center
Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Brussels
Central station, Arenberg
9 Belgian Museum of Freemasonry
Rue Laeken 73, 1000 Brussels
De Brouckère
10 BELvue Museum
Place des Palais 7, 1000 Brussels
Royale
11 BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts)
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
Royale
12 Brussels City Museum
Grand-Place, 1000 Brussels
Central Station, De Brouckère
13 Brussels Design Museum
Belgiëplein / Place de Belgique, 1020 Brussels
Heyzel
14 Boghossian Foundation (Villa Empain)
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67, 1050 Brussels
ULB, Solbosch
15 CENTRALE for contemporary art
Place Sainte-Catherine 44, 45, Rue Sainte-catherine 13, 1000 Brussels
Sainte Catherine
16 Charlier Museum
Avenue des Arts / Kunstlaan 16, 1210 Brussels
Kunst-Wet
17 Choco-Story Brussels
Rue de l’étuve / Stoofstraat 41, 1000 Brussels
Grand-Place
18 CIVA
Rue de l’Ermitage 55, 1050 Brussels
Flagey
19 Coudenberg Palace
Place des Palais 7, 1000 Brussels
Royale
20 Erasmus House and Old Beguinage
THE ERASMUS HOUSE: Rue de Formanoir 31, B-1070 Brussels
THE BEGUINAGE: Rue du Chapelain 8, B-1070 Brussels
Saint-Guidon
21 Fashion & Lace Museum
22 Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition)
23 GardeRobe MannekenPis
24 Halle Gate
25 Jewish Museum of Belgium
26 KBR museum
27 La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work
28 Le Botanique
29 Magritte Museum
30 Maurice Béjart House
31 Meise Botanic Garden
32 Migratie Museum Migration
33 MIMA – Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art
34 MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines)
35 Museum of abstract art + René Magritte Museum
36 Museum of Medicine
37 Museum of Natural Sciences
38 Museum of the Belgian Brewers
39 Musical Instruments Museum
40 Old Masters Museum+Fin-de-Siècle Museum
41 Planetarium of Brussels
42 Royal Military Museum
43 Schaerbeek Beer Museum
44 Sewer Museum
45 The Crossbow Guild Museum
46 Train World
47 WIELS

Museums

Brussels has more than 100 museums, covering a wide range of topics and disciplines. Whether you are interested in art, science, history, comics, chocolate or beer, you will find a museum that suits your taste. Here are some of the most popular and renowned museums in Brussels:

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium:

This is a group of six museums that display more than 20,000 artworks from the 15th to the 21st century. You can admire paintings by Flemish masters such as Bruegel, Rubens and Magritte, as well as modern and contemporary art by Belgian and international artists.

# Museum
1 Musée Magritte Museum
Place royale / Koningsplein 1 – 1000 Brussels
P. Royale / Koningsplein
2 Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum
Rue de la Régence/Regentschapsstraat 3 – 1000 Brussels
P. Royale / Koningsplein
3 Musée Oldmasters Museum
Rue de la Régence/Regentschapsstraat 3 – 1000 Brussels
P. Royale / Koningsplein
4 Musée Modern Museum
Rue de la Régence/Regentschapsstraat 3 – 1000 Brussels
P. Royale / Koningsplein
5 Musée Meunier Museum
Rue de l’Abbaye / Abdijstraat 59 – 1050 Brussels
6 Musée Wiertz Museum
Rue Vautier / Vautierstraat 62 – 1050 Brussels

The Belgian Comic Strip Center

This museum celebrates the rich tradition of Belgian comics, also known as the Ninth Art. You can learn about the history and evolution of comics, see original drawings and sketches by famous authors such as Hergé (creator of Tintin), Peyo (creator of Smurfs) and Franquin (creator of Gaston Lagaffe), and explore the different genres and styles of comics.

The Museum of Natural Sciences

This museum is home to the largest dinosaur gallery in Europe, where you can see the skeletons of iguanodons, tyrannosaurs, stegosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. You can also discover the diversity of life on Earth, from insects and mammals to minerals and fossils, and learn about the evolution and ecology of our planet.

The Atomium

This is not exactly a museum, but rather a monument and an exhibition space. It is a giant model of an iron atom, built for the 1958 World Expo. It consists of nine spheres connected by tubes, which offer panoramic views of the city and host temporary exhibitions on various themes. The Atomium is one of the most iconic symbols of Brussels and a must-see attraction.

Autoworld

A museum dedicated to the history of automobiles, featuring a vast collection of vintage and classic cars.

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

Housed in an Art Nouveau building, this museum displays a unique collection of musical instruments from around the world. The building itself is worth a visit for its architecture.

BELvue Museum

This museum provides insights into the history, culture, and politics of Belgium. It’s a great place to learn about the country’s development.

Horta Museum

Devoted to the life and work of Victor Horta, a famous Belgian architect and one of the pioneers of Art Nouveau. The museum is actually located in Horta’s former residence and studio, which is an architectural masterpiece in itself.

Cinquantenaire Museum (Royal Museums of Art and History)

This museum showcases a wide range of historical artifacts, including art, archaeology, and ethnography. It’s located in the beautiful Cinquantenaire Park.

Train World

A railway museum that tells the story of trains and their role in Belgian history. It’s an engaging museum for both adults and children.

Museum of the City of Brussels (Maison du Roi)

Located in the Grand Place, this museum focuses on the history and folklore of Brussels. It also houses the famous Manneken Pis statue.

African Museum Tervuren

Situated just outside Brussels, this museum showcases an extensive collection of African art, history, and culture. It recently underwent a significant renovation to provide a more contemporary perspective.

Monuments

Besides museums, Brussels has many other monuments that reflect its history, culture and identity. Here are some of the most remarkable ones:

The Grand Place

This is the central square of Brussels and one of the most beautiful places in Europe. It is surrounded by magnificent buildings dating from the 17th to the 19th century, such as the City Hall, the King’s House and the guild houses. The Grand Place is also the venue for many events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Flower Carpet, the Christmas Market and the Ommegang.

The Manneken Pis

This is a small bronze statue of a boy urinating into a fountain, located near the Grand Place. It is one of the most famous and beloved symbols of Brussels, representing its humor and rebellious spirit. The Manneken Pis has hundreds of costumes that he wears on special occasions, such as national holidays, sports events or cultural celebrations.

The European Quarter

This is the area where most of the institutions of the European Union are located, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council. You can visit some of these buildings and learn about their role and function in the European integration process. You can also enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this district, where you can find restaurants, cafes and shops from different countries and cultures.

We hope that this blog post has given you some ideas for your visit to Brussels. Of course, there are many more museums and monuments that you can explore in this fascinating city. The best way to discover them is to wander around its streets and neighborhoods, where you will find surprises and wonders at every corner.

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