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10 must-see museums in Brussels

Delve into the past at the impressive Museum of Art and History or take a look at modern art at the Design Museum. Brussels offers a wide range of museums.
We've listed the 10 best museums in Brussels for you.
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1. Design Museum Brussels

Dive into the world of design and 20th century art at the Design Museum Brussels. The museum's permanent collection consists of the Plasticarium, an extraordinary art collection by Philippe Decelle. It offers an innovative and surprising look at the plastic objects that were in vogue from the early 1960s onwards.
Address: Belgiëplein 1
Website:
designmuseum.brussels/en

2. House of European History

Travel through Europe's past at the House of European History. The museum tells the history of Europe since 1789. The different exhibitions are available in all 24 official languages of the European Union. The museum lets you think about the future of Europe. It is located in the heart of Brussels, near the European Parliament and admission is free.
Address: Belliardstraat 135
Website:
historia-europa.ep.eu

3. Brussels City Museum

On the Grand Place, you will find the Brussels City Museum, also known as the Bread House. The museum is a gem of neo-Gothic architecture and houses more than 7,000 museum pieces, such as paintings, tapestries, archaeological finds and the original statue of Manneken Pis.
Address: Grote Markt
Website:
www.brusselscitymuseum.brussels/en

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4. Jewish Museum of Belgium

The Jewish Museum of Belgium offers a special insight into Jewish history and culture. It is located in a beautiful 19th century mansion in the heart of Brussels. The permanent collection shows the history of the Jewish population since the 18th century. There are also temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
Address: Minimenstraat 21 Website:
Website:
www.mjb-jmb.org/en

5. KANAL - Centre Pompidou

Between 2022 and 2024, a new art centre will open in Brussels: the museum KANAL - Centre Pompidou. The imposing glass and steel building was formerly a Citroën garage and promises to become the largest cultural institution in Brussels. The future museum in Brussels will offer space for modern art and cultural events such as concerts, performing arts and film.
Address: Sainctelettesquare 21
Website:
kanal.brussels/en

6. Museum of Natural Sciences

Going to Brussels for the weekend with the kids? Then a visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels' dinosaur museum, is definitely worth it. Via an exploration route, children will discover dinosaur bones and learn about evolution. The museum dates back to 1846 and is the most frequently visited museum in Brussels.
Address: Vautierstraat 29
Website:
www.naturalsciences.be/en

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7. Brewery and Brussels Museum of the Gueuze

How is the typical Brussels Geuze beer Lambik brewed? You will get the answer in the Museum of Geuze in Brussels. During the visit to the traditional brewery, you will travel back in time. You will see the red copper barrels in which the beer has been brewed since 1900. Thirsty after the tour? The Museum van de Geuze also offers tastings and a shop with various Belgian beers.
Address: Gheudestraat 56
Website:
www.cantillon.be

8. Art & History Museum

Immerse yourself in the past and let the Museum of Art and History in Brussels, one of the largest museums in Belgium, amaze you. Housed in an imposing building on the Cinquantenaire Park, the museum offers an extraordinary collection of art from different cultures around the world.
Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
Website:
www.artandhistory.museum/en

9. AfricaMuseum

The AfricaMuseum is located in a stately palace building on the ponds of Tervuren Park, about 15 kilometres east of Brussels. From Brussels Central Station, take metro 1 in the direction of Stokkel, get off at Montgomery. Then take tram 44 to the final destination. It is a beautiful ride through the Sonian Forest.
Address: Leuvensesteenweg 13
Website:
www.africamuseum.be/en

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10. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Lovers of the visual arts will enjoy the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. With its paintings, drawings and sculptures, more than 20,000 works and six museums trace Belgian history from the 15th to the 21st century. The museum complex is located in the centre of Brussels.
Address: Regentschapsstraat 3
Website:
www.fine-arts-museum.be/en

To Brussels by train

Trake the train and travel with Thalys in less than two hours to Brussels. The earlier you book, the cheaper the train tickets.
You can also take Intercity Brussels to Brussels, from Amsterdam you can book a one-way ticket from € 25. You can be flexible and use your ticket for any intercity service on the day of travel.

Museums in Brussels

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