Museums and exhibitions
Art and history
The Brussels museums are mainly concentrated in two neighbourhoods: Mont des Arts and Parc du Cinquantenaire.
Mont des Arts is home to the big guns, including:
- the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
- the Magritte Museum
- the mim (museum of musical instruments)
- the CINEMATEK
- the interactive exhibition on Brussels
- the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar)
You can also immerse yourself in the past at Musée BELvue (history of Belgium), the Palais de Charles de Lorraine (18th century), which belongs to the Royal Library of Belgium and the Coudenberg archaeological site (former palace of Charles V).
There is a large variety of museums in imposing buildings in Parc du Cinquantenaire. They include:
- the Cinquantenaire Museum (art and archaeology from five continents)
- the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
Typically Brussels, typically Belgian
Brussels is also the art nouveau capital of the world.
The Museum of Musical Instruments and the Belgian Comic Strip Center are housed in art nouveau masterpieces. You can also visit art nouveau mansions like Maison Cauchie. You should also reserve some time to take in the Museum of Architecture - La Loge.
Gourmets will appreciate Belgium’s celebrated chocolate and famous beers.
Beer enthusiasts will want to head for:
Faraway lands brought within reach
Want to discover the world without leaving Brussels? Visit the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervueren.
If your interested in other religions, try the Jewish Museum of Belgium, the Museum of the Orthodox Church and the Museum of the Black Sisters and the Museum of Modern Religious Art in the Basilica of Koekelberg.
Technology & industry
If you are fascinated by technical advances technical advances and traditional trades, you’ll love the Brussels Museum of Industry and Labour: La Fonderie (FR/NL), the Museum of Old Techniques in Grimbergen, the Belgian Museum of Radiology, the Tram Museum and many more.
Nature and the open air
If you like being out in the open air, Brussels has a treat in store for you.
- the Museum of Natural Sciences
- the National Botanical Garden of Belgium at Meise
- the Brussels Planetarium
- the Jean Massart Botanical Garden (FR)
- the Garden of Medicinal Plants (FR), which also houses the Garden of Sculptures (FR)
Aquarium of Brussels (Aquarium Museum or Aquatic Study Center) (Koekelberg) leads you on a trip along warm seas and continents with small species from all over the world.