Museums

Museums

 Wardrobe of Manneken Pis

Symbol of Brussels as a fountain, Manneken Pis is also famous for its wardrobe. Not less than 800 costumes!
The wardrobe used to be located in the Maison du Roi. Since February 4th, 2017, it has its own location in in rue Chêne 19.
Online: www.mannekenpis.brussels 

Sewers Museum

The Sewers Museum re-opens its doors in November 2015. Thousands of cubic meters of waste water flow through the 400 km of undergrounds drains and tunnels every day.
Guided tour by appointment only. Free tour every first Saturday of the month at 1.30 pm (in Dutch) and 3 pm (in French).
Online: www.museedelavilledebruxelles.be 

Train World Museum

Grand opening: 25 september 2015.
In the former train station of Schaerbeek, discover the railways world ofg yesterday, today and tomorrow!
Online: www.trainworld.be

Musée schaerbeekois de la bière (Schaerbeek Beer Museum)

A small little-known museum presenting a collection of over 1,000 bottles of Belgian beer, equipment, machines, cooper's tools, advertisements and signs related to beer. And to top it all off: a little tavern for beer tasting! Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 pm to 6 pm and by appointment for groups and schools.

Avenue Louis Bertrand 33-35, 1030 Brussels
Online: users.skynet.be/museedelabiere

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Musée de la radiologie (Radiology Museum)

A museum located in the corridors of the radiology ward of the military hospital! The collections are made up of posters and photos which reveal the secrets of radiology over the years. Self-guided tours during consulting hours. Guided tour by appointment.

Online: www.radiology-museum.be

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Street Lamp Museum

An open-air museum exhibiting twenty or so historical Brussels street lamps. Best viewed after sundown.

Rue Delva 75 to 97, 1020 Brussels

It's also interesting to note that the street lamps surrounding Uccle observatory are fitted with a special device so that this artificial light does not interfere with the scientists' observations.

Observatoire royal de Belgique
Avenue Circulaire 3, 1180 Brussels

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Plaster cast workshop (RMAH)

A museum housing 4000 plaster casts of ancient Egyptian and Roman art, the Italian Renaissance art deco and more. The original purpose of these reproductions was to make masterpieces accessible to the general public. Nowadays you can order a copy of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the discobolus of Myron, a bust of Molière or Napoléon, bas-reliefs of Egyptian tombs and much more for your home. Some pieces are in stock; others are made to order. Guided tours are available.

Cinquantenaire Museum, 1040 Brussels
Online: www.kmkg-mrah.be/plaster-cast-workshop

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Police Museum

A museum detailing the history of Belgium’s police services from the end of the Ancien Régime.

The focus is on the former gendarmerie, which accounts for the core of the collection, although other corps are also covered, including the CID, the former municipal police and the 'garde civique'.

The complex also houses the museum of the former national college of criminology, whose collection includes court case exhibits, various arms and counterfeit money.

The police museum is open by appointment only.

Avenue de la Force aérienne 33, 1040 Brussels
Email: museum@polfed.be
Online: www.polfed-fedpol.be (FR/NL)

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Museum of Rattles

Bibliotheca Wittockiana houses a small and singular museum of rattles, some of which date back four thousand years.

Rue du Bemel 23, 1150 Brussels
Online: www.wittockiana.org (FR/NL)

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Cinquantenaire Museum

A great little guide is available in the Royal Museum of Art and History shop: 'Le musée en bulles' covers all the museum’s exhibits that are featured in comic books, including Tintin and Blake & Mortimer. It’s an original way to tour the museum. Unfortunately, the book is not available in English.

Cinquantenaire Museum, 1040 Brussels
Online: www.kmkg-mrah.be

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Bruxella 1238

This archaeological site is only open by appointment. It is the location of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1238. You can still see the foundations with several funeral vaults, one of which is most likely John I, Duke of Brabant. In the early 19th century the site was home to a butter market, which made way for the stock exchange. The remains on show in the museum were found during renovation work on the street in 1988.

Rue de la Bourse, 1000 Brussels
Online: http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm?id=4203

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Tour of Roi Baudouin Stadium

See the Belgian national team’s dressing room, the running track, the control tower and the pressroom, then test your sporting knowledge at one of the interactive terminals.

Avenue de Marathon, 1020 Brussels
Online: www.staderoibaudouin.be (FR/NL)

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