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Brussels hosts over 80 museums. Dealing with art, history, literature, folklore, sciences, technology, industry and many other fields, they all introduce a different aspect of Brussels. The richness of their collections and the new vision they have on cultures from all around the world are simply amazing.

 

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Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium - Ancient Art Museum - Modern Art Museum

Founded two centuries ago, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts which also consists of the Ancient & Modern Art Museums holds some twenty thousand paintings, sculptures and drawings. Discover some of Belgium and Europe's finest here where the artistic menu offers everyone from Bosch and Bruegel, Cranach and Memling, Jordaens and Rubens Delveaux and Magritte.

Magritte Museum

In the building of the Royal Museums for Fine Arts of Belgium, visitors will be able to discover the world's largest collection of René Magritte's works. The collection is a perfect proof of René Magritte's oeuvre and covers all the periods from his life. The works on display, among which his most important masterpieces, are mainly from the legacies of Irène Scutenaire-Hamoir and Georgette Magritte and from purchases made by the Royal Museums for Fine Arts of Belgium, completed with works on loan from private persons.

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Museum of Music Instruments (MIM)

Housed in a beautiful art nouveau structure are over 7000 musical instruments including everything from the bizarre to the beautiful. Don't miss a trip to the top of the structure where you can get a magnificent panorama of Brussels.

Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art

Located in an art nouveau masterpiece designed by Victor Horta, this unique museum depicts the stages of putting together a comic strip as well as wonderful displays of cartoon art form artists around the world and of course Belgium's most famous cartoonists.

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Horta Museum

This showcase of sinuous decorative lines, curved window frames, elaborate balconies and floral influence is the former home of Art Nouveau pioneer, Victor Horta. Attention to detail is keenly seen here where even the light switch panels are works of art.

Horta-Lambeaux Pavillon

First building by Victor Horta, realized in 1889 to protect the impressive relief named "Human passions", sculpted by Jef Lambeau.


Herge Museum

This spectacular museum, located just outside of Brussels, is dedicated to Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi, who created the comic-book hero Tintin.  Fanny Rodwell, Hergé's wife, privately funded the 20 million dollars needed to construct the museum.  Designed by acclaimed French architect Christian de Portzamparc, the Hergé Museum marks the first public exhibition of the artist's monumental body of work that, until now, had been sitting in bank vaults and studios. Along with Hergé's work, the museum also includes permanent and temporary exhibition areas, a video projection room, a cafeteria, shops, studios storehouses and administrative premises.

Bozar - Palais des Beaux Arts

Designed by Art Nouveau pioneer Victor Horta, the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels houses concert halls and exhibition areas open to all visitors and embracing the artistic fields of music, theater, cinema and art. It is the focus for the city's music and dance, and is home to the Belgian National Orchestra.

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Royal Institute for Natural Sciences of Belgium Museum

This museum houses fantastic collection of all things science and nature including iguanodons, the only one of its kind in the world, a vivarium of spiders and amazing invertebrates, a pod of giant whales. Not to mention the Europe's largest dinosaur gallery, which emphasises science and authenticity, with the famous iguanodons od Bernissart and lots of new dinosaur skeletons and casts.

Musee du Cinquantenaire

This museum was founded in 1835 and has an important collection of art objects from different civilizations from all over the world. It offers an overview of the history of mankind in the five continents from prehistoric times until today. The museum is part of the Royal Museums of Art and History, to which also belong The Porte de Hall,  The Japanese Tower and the Chinese Pavilion. In june 2012, 6 new rooms will open celebrating Art Nouveau and Belgian Art Deco. This will allow the showing of a very impressive collection of  two hundreds masterpieces from Horta, Van de Velde, Hankar, Hobe and more.

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The BELvue Museum

This is the official museum of the Belgian Dynasty including the King Baudouin Memorial and Vestiges of the Palace of Emperor Charles V also known as the Archeological site of the Coudenberg.

Cinematek

Cinematek in the BOZAR complex has had a complete facelift. One of the biggest cinema archives in the world, it houses 60.000 films. Great venue for group viewings.

David and Alice van Buuren Museum

This house bought in 1928 by the banker and patron David van Buuren has an outdoor architecture typical of the Amsterdam School and an indoor decoration typical of "Art Deco" style by Belgian, French and Dutch designers.

Gueuze (Beer) Museum

This working brewery is also a working museum and has been around since 1900. Owned and operated by the Van Roy-Cantillon family, tours and tastings are available all year round. Their specialty is the Belgian beer known as Gueze, which some say resembles champagne.

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Jewish Museum

This museum is devoted to thousand of years of Judaism as well as to the part played by the Jewish communities in the history of Belgium. Open for more than 20 years the exhibition includes information on acquisitions, genealogy, and events.

Mini Europe & Atomium

Located in Bruparck, the Atomium is a spectacular structure representing the atom, magnified 165 billion times. Mini Europe is a fun, family attraction where the most famous monuments in Europe are scaled down to miniatures.

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Royal Army and Military History Museum

Ten centuries of military history located adjacent to the Cinquantenaire Arch at Jubelpark. The collection includes suits of armor, masterly crafted swords, hundreds of uniforms from tens of countries medals, flags and even planes and armored vehicles.

 

NEW: The Royal Army and Military Museum also has a department in Bastogne, the Interpretation Center of the WWII.

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Royal Museums of Art History

A collection of museums throughout Brussels, which celebrate the history of many forms of art including, The Museum of Musical Instruments, The Musee du Cinquantenaire, Musees d'Extreme-Orient, and Port de Hal.


Porte de Hal

Very well preserved six hundred year old neogothic building. It is the only preserved gate from the Brussels medieval surrounding wall. This is due to the fact that it served as prison during the demolition of the walls in the 18th century. In 1869 architect Beyaert made some alterations that changed the primitive appearance of the building. Certain rooms are quite impressive indeed.

Museum of Costume and Lace

Displayed in subdued lighting and safely laid out in drawers, this beautiful lace collection contains pieces made on the spindle and with needles, not only from Brussels but also from France and Italy. The bourgeois costumes the lace was made for are also on show in thematic exhibits.

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Scientastic Museum

What can be more fun than to discover the world through the sensations it gives us. Sit down as a fakir, fly as a bird, take a picture of yourself in an impossible box, change your voice into that of an alien, whisper secrets from one parabola to another, dance with your gigasntic and colourful shadows...and explore over 90 other scientific experiences and astonishing interactive discoveries.

Constantin Meunier Museum

The live-in studio that Constantin Meunier (1831-1905) built in 1899 at the edge of the Bois de la Cambre, close to the homes of his artist chums, Théo Van Rysselberghe and Isidore Verheyden, was purchased for the nation in 1936 by the artist's daughter and niece and taken over by the Museum of Modern Arts in 1978. Upon his death at the age of 74, Constantin Meunier left behind numerous works (around 800 in total): paintings, sculptures, water-colors and drawings. Their theme: realism, social concerns. Art in perfect tune with the new industrial age.

Antoine Wierz Museum

Antoine Wiertz, the 19th century Belgian artist, had ambitions to be Raphaël, Michelangelo and Rubens all rolled into one. His predilections were religious subjects, philosophical and allegorical scenes and portraits, and he often painted giant canvasses with a frenzied romanticism.

Autoworld

Just like the it sounds, this museum is dedicated to the history of the automotive industry with five extraordinary automobile collections including a carriage used by Napoleon III, motorcycles, speedsters and interesting concept cars.

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Marc Sleen Museum

The Marc Sleen Museum offers a view on the many facets of the exceptional work of an outstanding artist. The museum, designed to be a former newspaper office, includes several exhibitions about the life of Marc Sleen, famous for his cartoon The Adventures of Nibbs, and focuses on three themes of his work: safari, political cartoons and the Tour de France.


Museum of Architecture- The Lodge

The museum is situated in a former Masonic lodge, property of architect Fernand Bodson (1934). The museum allows the Archives of Modern Architecture (AMA) to present its collections (drawings, pictures, scale models, furniture). Themed exhibitions offer the visitor a general view of the architectural creation of the 20th century in Belgium.

Ixelles Museum

The collections of the Ixelles museum present a vast panorama of the Belgian art from the 19th and 20th centuries, a view on the different artistic movements of this time: realism, impressionism, luminism, neo-impressionism and symbolism for the 19th century, and fauvism, expressionism, cubism, surrealism, abstraction and the most popular actual movements for the 20th century. A full collection of original posters made by Toulouse-Lautrec complete the exhibited collection.