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Top Museums in Brussels

The museums in Brussels are not as renowned as those in London, Paris or Madrid. Nevertheless, most are definitely worth while discovering. Here is a list with the city’s main museums:   

Most visited museums in Brussels

  • Museos Reales de Bellas Artes de Bélgica Over 20.000 paintings, drawings and sculptures that date from the beginning of the fifteenth century to the present day make up these four museums.
  • Museo de Instrumentos Musicales Housed in one of the most beautiful and renowned Art Deco buildings in Brussels, the Musical Instruments Museum has over 7000 musical instruments from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is a worldwide point of reference and is a definite must when visiting Belgium’s capital.
  • Museo Magritte The Magritte Museum commemorates the life and work of one of the most important Belgian artists of all times. The collection made up of 250 works of art reflects the artistic evolution of René Magritte.

Our favourite museums

  • Museo de Historia Militar The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History in Brussels houses numerous aircrafts, uniforms, tanks and weapons. It is one of the best military museums in the world. Another perk is that the entrance is free.
  • Autoworld Autoworld is a vintage car museum in Brussels that explores the history of the automobile and features over 350 relics of the car industry from various periods.
  • Museo de la Ciudad de Bruselas The Museum of the City of Brussels is housed in the Maison du Roi in the Grand Place, one of the most remarkable buildings in the city. It is dedicated to the history of Brussels from its foundation to the present day.

Other interesting museums

  • Museo del Cincuentenario The Cinquantenaire Museum, also known as the Royal Museums of Art and History, is dedicated to the history of the human evolution, including the greatest civilizations of the world.
  • Instituto Real de Ciencias Naturales The Natural Sciences Museum in Brussels is dedicated to the natural history. It has one of the most important dinosaur galleries in Europe and is the largest in the continent.
  • Museo Belvue The BELvue Museum reflects the national history of Belgium from the Belgian Revolution in 1830 until it became a federal state in 1993.
  • Museo Horta The Horta Museum, built between 1898 and 1901, was owned and designed by the best-known architect of Art Nouveau, Victor Horta.
  • Museo Charlier Charlier Museum is housed in a nineteenth century mansion remodelled by Victor Horta and owned by Henri Van Cutsem, a wealthy collector of art.

A little less interesting museums

  • Museo del Cómic Belgian comics played a very important role in the expansion of European comics and the Adventures of Tintin is the most renowned of the country’s comics. The Belgian Comic Strip Center has over 6.000 original comic strips, all in French.

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