Museums, Brussels

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    P. BRUEGEL "Chute d'Icare".
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    by breughel Updated Aug 2, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts in Brussels is one of the best paint museums in Europe.

    One has to distinguish museums showing paintings of various periods or schools and museums devoted to a specific period or specific schools of art.

    In the first category of "general" museums my preferences go to:

    Rank 1:
    The National Gallery, London.
    Le Louvre, Paris.
    Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

    Rank 2:
    Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts, Brussels.
    Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid.

    In the second category of "specific" museums my preference goes to:

    Rank 1:
    Musée d'Orsay, Paris. (modern art)
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. (Dutch school)
    Gemäldegalerie des Kunsthistorischen Museums, Vienna. (ancient paintings)

    Rank 2:
    Prado Museum, Madrid. (mainly Spanish schools)
    Uffizi Galleria, Florence (Italian schools)
    Alte Pinakothek, Munich (ancient paintings)

    Of course there are more good museums to see in Europe but to see my favoured ones you will need already 11 days, travelling not included.
    (Note: The Hermitage, St-Petersburg, might be in the above list but I haven't been there).

    Fondest memory: Bruxelles of the time of Jacques Brel: "quand Bruxelles brusselait" (that is 50 years ago).

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  • Royal Fine Arts Museum

    by MartinaH Written May 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The "Musee Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique"

    The museum comprises the Museum of Ancient Art & Modern Art.

    The collection of Flemish paintings includes all the major artists like Robert Campin, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling. But the most famous artists are Peter Breughel, Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck !

    The address:

    3, rue de la Rýgence

    Open from 10.00 to 17.00, but closed on Mondays.

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    Fernand Khnopff

    by belgianchocolate Updated Aug 14, 2004

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    'liefkozingen' 1896

    Favorite thing: 'Fernand Khnopff' 1858-1921 grew up in Brugge.
    After his sister was born in 1864 the family
    moved to Brussels.
    Soon he went to art school together with
    'James Ensor'.

    Khnopff work is spread all over the world and
    is seen as Belgium most representative
    artist for symbolism.

    In 2004 the museum for fine arts in brussels
    brought together 250 works in a nice exhibition.
    Paintings , sculptures , drawings, pictures...

    The nice thing about Belgian museums they
    also often redecorate the museum for
    temporary exhibits.
    A matching wall paper here , there some
    summary painted wall decorations.
    Very nice. Also nice were the works from
    Gustav Klimt , Ensor , Macintosch... to
    give an idea of the art during that period.

    I think he has only a few really really nice
    paintings , still a very nice memory.

    Have a look here.
    There might just be a nice exposition when
    you are visiting.

    Another thing I want to tell you is the typical
    Belgian thing. There were also pictures on
    exposure of the artists house.
    Knocked down...gone. Something that
    happens way to often in Belgium.

    Some tips'
    It might get really crowded during the weekends...
    Puchasing a ticket could take long!
    If your staying outside Brussels check
    for a combi ticket , train-museum-exhibition.
    A lot cheaper and you avoid long lines.
    Or order your ticket in advance.

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    Memories of a museum...'tkongomuseum

    by belgianchocolate Updated Apr 14, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Now the museums name is
    Koninklijk museum voor midden-afrika,
    Musée royal de L'Afrique centrale ,
    Royal museum for central Africa'

    As a kid I knew the museum as the
    Kongomuseum. They got a very nice
    website also in English.
    It was always a big adventure when my
    parents took me here. You have to know that
    it is located in an amazing building.
    One of those 'leopeld II' realisations. It was
    build after the world fair in 1871 and has a little
    bit versaille-recemblances.

    I wasn't too interested in the african art from
    the first exhibit rooms.
    Also the largest collection in tropical
    wood didn't do me a thing....
    But they also got these large zoölogical
    collection and 6 000 000 insects.
    I was fascinated by the stuffed elephant , the
    crocodiles , the giraffe...
    These old dioramas with animals.
    It all had that special atmosphere that did
    something to me.

    Actually the museum has become a museum
    of a museum because since 1960 nothing
    has changed.
    By 2010 they want to make it a modern
    museum again. I hope that the atmosphere
    doesn't get lost.

    Fondest memory: When I took a friend there to show him
    my childhood memories we saw this
    glass goblet with quit a large insect in it...
    It was as large as a fist. And the sign said
    'tick'. Djeezes this was huge. We soon started
    to imagen where this tick would end up.
    And finally we imagined with this lady at the
    veterinarian with a little white dog with this 'TICK'
    We could'nt stop laughing and we almost got
    trown out...

    Royal Museum for Central Africa
    Leuvensesteenweg 13
    3080 Tervuren - Belgium

    (take a tram at montgomery station till you reach
    the terminus , the museum is 300 meters
    away in a very nice green setting ,
    a beautifull garden with statues...)

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    Brussels Card

    by filipdebont Written May 7, 2006

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    Brussels Card

    Favorite thing: If you are staying a few days in Brussels, it might be interesting to buy a 72 h Brussels Card.

    With this Brussels card, you have free access to 25 museums, free rides on the Brussels public transport (STIB/MIVB), you get a free map of the city, and 25% discounts in tourist attractions, shops, bars and restaurants.

    You can buy this Brussels Card Online : ( click on Visitors -> E-shop). You also can buy this card in the participating museums.

    This card costs 29 euros.

    You also receive The Brussels Card Guide
    This guide explains everything on the participating museums and on the discounts included in the Brussels Card: (like where it is, how to get there and the opening hours)
    This guide is in 4 languages: Dutch, German, French and English.

    Fondest memory: Visiting the museums

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    Discover the Museum Quarter

    by filipdebont Written May 7, 2006

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    Museum Quarter

    Favorite thing: If you are visiting Brussels on a Saturday or on a Sunday, it might be interesting to buy a Kunstberg Pass / Le Pas Mont des Arts.

    It costs 11 euros (students : 5,5 euros, free access for children less then 13 Y.) - this pass is valid for one day.

    where to buy : Bozarttickets - ravensteinstraat 18 (sat from 11h - 19h, sun from 10h - 18h), ticket counter of the Royal Museum for fine Arts, Music instruments museum, BELvue museum (sat and sun from 10h - 17h).

    More info at

    With this Kunstberg Pass, you have access to :

    - (1) Royal Museum of fine Art (Koningsplein 3)
    - (2) Palace of fine arts (ravensteinstraat 23)
    - (3) Former Palace of Brussels (paleizenplein 7)
    - (4) Music instruments museum (hofberg 2)
    - (5) ING Culture centre (koningsplein 6)
    - (6) BELvue museum (Paleizenplein 7)
    - (7) Royal library of Belgium (kunstberg)

    This pass is valid from February till August 2006 (only for one day)

    Fondest memory: the museums

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    BRUXELLA 1238

    by eden_teuling Updated Mar 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The explanation of the name of this Museum:

    from the year 1238 a Franciscan Convent, which played an important role for quite some time in the social and religious life in Brussels, was found near the GROTE MARKT, the GRAND PLACE.

    At the beginning of the 19th Century, a butter market occupied the site, which was subsequently replaced by the Stock Exchange at the end of the same Century!

    Fondest memory: It is a great place to visit! I can recommend it to you all!

    For information and guided tours tel.: +32 (0)2 279 43 50

    Fax: +32 (0)2 279 43 62

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    by eden_teuling Updated Mar 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This H?TEL DE VILLE IS a MASTERPIECE of Gothic civil architecture from the 15th Century.

    The BRUSSELS TOWN HALL is also famous for the richness of its INTERIOR.

    Paintings, sculptures and tapestries evoke locan and national HISTORY in one of the most sumptuous environments in the country (BELGIUM)


    tel. +32 2 279 43 50

    Fondest memory: It is situated at de GROTE MARKT in the very city centre.

    Visiting this wonderful page will brighten your is an emersion in times-long-gone and after that feast you leave the building to step into the sunshine and nowadays BRUSSEL......

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    by eden_teuling Updated Mar 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This Museum which is housed behind former fa?ades dating back to the 17th Century, renews the presentations of its collections EVERY YEAR!

    Costumes, lacework, embroidery, accessories and original documents from the 18th to the 20th Century are displayed alternately, focusing on original topics.

    In pride of place is BRUSSELS LACE, famous the world over since the 18th Century..



    +32 2 513 02 65

    See some more photos in my TRAVELOGUES which, no doubt, will make you visit this wonderful museum.....

    Going there just to get an impression of how one dressed (up) long, long before us......
    before jeans and sweaters, trainers and boots!

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    BRUXELLA 1238

    by eden_teuling Updated Mar 26, 2004

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    2 SKELETONS....

    Favorite thing: READ TIP ABOVE THIS ONE....

    ALSO IN THIS MUSEUM is this impressive tomb with the corpses / skeletons of unknown people, monks perhaps!

    Address: Rue la Bourse

    tel. for info and reservations: +32 (0)2 279 43 50

    Fondest memory: I love everything and coming so often in Brussels I wouldn't be able to make a choice of what exactly is my fondest memory.........I wouldn't dare favour one above the others....

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    by funkymama Written Aug 25, 2002

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    A famous Belgian art form in a beautiful Art Nouveau Setting. Discover the history of Belgium's comic strip heroes (Tintin) and visit the beautiful shop with its many books and comic strip gadgets.
    Open from 10am till 6 pm, Zandstraat / Rue des Sables 20 1000 Brussel
    Admission: 4.50 euro. Open from 10am till 6 pm, Zandstraat / Rue des Sables 20 1000 Brussel
    Admission: 180 Bfr.

    Fondest memory: TINTIN,
    Probably the most famous cartoon character in the frensh-speaking world.
    Created by George Remi (herge),tintin has helped generations of children to read and dream about adventures in other countries.

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  • I almost forgot to mention the...

    by Pegasus74 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I almost forgot to mention the Brewery Museum and the Chocolate Museum which are located at the south corner of the square. The former provides visitors an opportunity to sample different types of Belgian beer and the latter, chocolates of cuz.

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    by JohnnySpangles Written Oct 1, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A place that you can see this lovely young lady and all her friends.

    Fondest memory: Also works by the only famous Belgian, Rene Magritte.

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