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Brussels Museums

Brussels serves as an important landmark in European history. Touring the city will give you wonderful insights into the culture and traditions of Belgium.

Visiting museums in the city will give you a sense of belonging and help you understand the city in a better fashion. Museums like the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Kunstberg, René Magritte Museum, etc., are the city's major tourist attractions. Here, we have prepared an exclusive list of the best museums in Brussels to help you explore history.

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Museum of Natural Sciences

Museum of Natural Sciences

The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium (French: Muséum des sciences naturelles de Belgique, Dutch: Museum voor Natuurwetenschappen van België) is a renowned museum dedicated to natural history. The Dinosaur Hall is the largest in the world, displaying the prestigious pieces are 30 fossilised Iguanodon skeletons along with Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus. This museum also includes PaleoLAB, Gallery of Evolution, BiodiverCITY, The Animal Kingdom, and Gallery of Humans.

Address: Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

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Train World

Train World

Train World museum has a remarkable display of past, present and future railways. The museum, spread over 8,000sq.m. (86,000sq.ft.), displays 22 locomotives. It is located in the Schaarbeek railway station building and belongs to the National Railway Company of Belgium. Out of 22 locomotives, the most precious is 'Pays du Waes', dating back to 1845. The museum also has the original railway bridge from the 19th century.

Address: Pl. Princesse Elisabeth 5, 1030 Schaerbeek, Belgium.

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Royal Museums of Fine Arts

Royal Museums of Fine Arts

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (French: Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Dutch: Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België) are a group of six museums, namely, Magritte Museum, Fin-de-Siècle Museum, Oldmasters Museum, Modern Museum, Constantin Meunier Museum and Antoine Wiertz Museum. These museums have a prestigious collection of 20,000 artworks from the 15th to 21st centuries.

Address: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

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Autoworld

Autoworld

The Autoworld is a vintage car museum in the South Hall of a U-shaped complex at Cinquantenaire Park. It has a collection of over 250 European and American automobiles from the late 19th century until the 1990s. Vintage cars include Minervas, a Bentley of 1928, a Cord and a Bugatti of 1930 and limousines owned by the Belgian Royal family. The museum also organises events related to the automotive industry.

Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History
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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History (French: Musée Royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire MRA, Dutch: Koninklijk Museum van het Leger en de Krijgsgeschiedenis - KLM) was originally built on the site of the Abbaye de la Cambre but later in 1923, it was moved to Cinquantenaire Park. The collection includes the largest collections of uniforms, weapons, and military vehicles.

Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Musical Instrument Museum
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Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum - MIM (French: Musée des instruments de musique, Dutch: Muziekinstrumentenmuseum) is a renowned museum displaying more than 8000 instruments from all over the world. The museum is a part of the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH). It features galleries displaying a collection of instruments over four floors. It also organises temporary exhibitions and concerts of contemporary inventors.

Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Horta Museum
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Horta Museum

The Horta Museum (French: Musée Horta, Dutch: Hortamuseum) is situated in a private house and studio of Victor Horta. The museum was constructed in 1898 in an Art Nouveau style. The permanent display includes furniture and art objects designed by Horta. It also holds temporary exhibitions of Horta's art.

Address: Rue Américaine 27, 1060 Brussels, Belgium.

Museum David and Alice van Buuren
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Museum David and Alice van Buuren

The Museum David and Alice Van Buuren (French: Musée Alice et David Van Buuren, Dutch: Museum David en Alice Van Buuren) is a private house converted into a museum. It has an art collection of Van Buuren and his wife, Alice. On display are paintings and artefacts from renowned artists from the 16th to 20th centuries.

Address: Av. Léo Errera 41, 1180 Uccle, Belgium.

Brussels Comics Museum (MOOF)
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Brussels Comics Museum (MOOF)

Brussels Comics Museum (formerly MOOF Museum) is dedicated to figurines that have greatly influenced children. Visit the museum and meet the most popular superheroes and characters from comics. Here, visitors can relive their childhood and see their favourite characters from well-known comics like Asterix, TinTin and many more. The collection is renewed every six months. The museum has displayed original comic plates and large murals of famous comic characters.

Address: Galerie Horta, Rue Marché-aux-Herbes 116, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Brussels City Museum
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Brussels City Museum

The Brussels City Museum (French: Musée de la ville de Bruxelles, Dutch: Museum van de Stad Brussel), inaugurated in 1887, is located at the Grand Place. The museum has portrayed the journey and traditions of Brussels through all the years of ancient, medieval and modern ages through over 7000 items, including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, engravings, photos and models.

Address: Grote Markt van, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Art & History Museum
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Art & History Museum

The Art & History Museum (French: Musée Art & Histoire, Dutch: Museum Kunst & Geschiedenis) is located in the Cinquantenaire Park and was earlier known as Cinquantenaire Museum (French: Musée du Cinquantenaire, Dutch: Jubelpark Museum). It is a public museum and a part of the Royal Museums for Art and History (RMAH). There are art collections from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Europe, India, China and many more regions. Visitors can discover the evolution of time by witnessing the vast collection of paintings and artefacts from various countries.

Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire 10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

René Magritte Museum
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René Magritte Museum

The René Magritte Museum (French: Musée René Magritte, Dutch: René Magritte Museum) is located in the house of Magritte in Jette, a municipality of Brussels. It boasts an amazing collection of works by the Belgian painter René Magritte. The museum has a collection of over 400 archive documents, objects and photos, and twelve original works.

Address: Rue Esseghem 135, 1090 Jette, Belgium.

Fashion & Lace Museum
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Fashion & Lace Museum

Fashion & Lace Museum (French: Musée Mode & Dentelle, Dutch: Mode & Kant Museum) is located at Rue de la Violette and houses various antique laces, lace-making processes, costumes, ball gowns, raincoats, embroidery and fashion accessories from the 18th century until the present times. The laces from Brussels are famed all over the world and have a special appreciation in the world of fashion. Artists and students from textile courses get an opportunity to demonstrate their work in a temporary exhibition hall of the museum.

Address: Rue de la Violette 12, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Belgian Comic Strip Centre
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Belgian Comic Strip Centre

The Belgian Comic Strip Centre (French: Centre belge de la Bande dessinée; Dutch: Belgisch Stripcentrum), commonly called Comic Art Museum, is a museum dedicated to Belgian comics. The ground floor contains a room dedicated to Victor Horta, a library and a restaurant. The top floor has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of Belgium and displays Belgian comics between 1929 to 1958. This museum works to pay tribute to the pioneers of modern comic art.

Address: Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

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