Brussels is a great city with the old history and modern spirit. That's why even museums here are not like anywhere else in the world - they have a long story behind, but at the same time, they are creative, exciting and definitely worth visiting! And for sure, here everyone can find something he is interested in: art, music, history - Brussels has it all! So where to go and what to see? We have created for you the list of 5 best museums you should visit in Brussels!
1. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium actually consist of four museums. Two of them (the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Brussels), are housed in the main building. The other two (the Constantin Meunier Museum and the Antoine Wiertz Museum) exhibit the works of specific Belgian artists. They are much smaller, and are located a few kilometers from the city center. The museum has more than 20,000 of art pieces, from the 15th century till nowadays. One of the most famous permanent exhibitions of the museums is the "Rubens Room", where you can see about 20 paintings of the artist.
2. Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum is located in the heart of the Brussels. If you pass it, even without any knowledge about this museum, this building for sure will gain your attention by its creative architecture and interesting forms. The museum is part of the Royal Museums for Art and History and has a collection of more than 8,000 of music instruments! Its collections represent Belgian musical history, European musical traditions, and non-European instruments. Moreover, during the tour you will get earphones, so you will be able to hear how they actually sound! Isn't it just amazing?
3. Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History
This is one of the most popular museums in Brussels and one of the most visited by tourists from all over the world! The museum occupies the two northernmost halls of the historic complex in Cinquantenaire Park. It represents 10 centuries of the military history of the country - from armours to planes! But it is not only about arms and equipment - it also has a great collection of military art, which will also impress you! Next time when you are in Brussels, put this museum on the list of the places you have to visit!
4. Belgian Comic Strip Center
In our opinion, this museum could be easily called one of the most creative places in Brussels! Opened in 1989, it demonstrates the history of Belgian comics and exhibits examples of comic strips in French, Dutch and English. One of the most significant exhibits here is the famous Belgian comics "The Adventures of Tintin" and its creator Hergé, with its life-size models of characters. Also in the building you will find a souvenir shop, research centre and a restaurant, that make it a great place for visiting and discovering another side of a local culture.
5. Museum of the City of Brussels
Museum of the City of Brussels is located in the very centre of the city, on the Grand Palace (or Grote Markt) that belongs to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Everyone who is visiting Brussels comes to this square, but not everyone knows that inside one of the buildings there is this great museum. It is dedicated to the history and folklore of Brussels, its development from the oldest history until nowadays through the collections of paintings, sculptures, photos, models, tapistries and engravings, etc. Visit it and see this beautiful city from another perspective, discover its history, culture and legends.
Besides the museums we have mentioned, there are many other places that worth your time and attention. Among them - BELvue Museum, Cinquantenaire Museum, King's House, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Museum of Ancient Art... this list could be continued. So we sincerely wish you to discover, explore and truly enjoy as many of them as you can!