The Horta Museum, located in the house that Victor Horta built for himself in 1898, is not a museum in the traditional sense of the word. There are no displays explaining the foundation of art nouveau architecture or even the architect, Victor Horta, instead the house itself serves as the museum.
The Horta Museum is located at Amerikaanse straat / Rue Américaine, 23-25. The 1st time I visited we walked there from central Brussels but I wouldn't recommend this, it was very far outside the center. The 2nd time we took a tram 92 from Petit Sablon and I we got off at Place Janson. The map from the tourist office has a map of this area and I highly recommend you get one. On the way back you can wander through the neighborhood and look at some other examples of Art Nouveau, the museum ticket has several impressive examples listed and the Lonely Planet guide I was using also had an Art Nouveau walk in it.
No pictures are allowed in the interior.
“Embarking for Brussels on the Scheldt in a vessel, which delivered us to a second boat (in another river) drawn or towed by horses.”
— from the 5.October.1641 entry in “The Diary of John Evelyn” by John Evelyn (1620-1706)
This medieval fortified city gate, part of the second walls that surrounded Brussels, is known in French as Porte de Hal and in Dutch as Hallepoort. Built in 1381, Halle Gate was named for the city of Halle (in French, Hal) in Flanders. Original the gate included a portcullis and moat, crossed by a drawbridge.
When the other six gateways and the defensive walls were demolished, the Halle Gate survived because it was used as a prison. At other times it was put to use as a customs house, for grain storage, and as a Lutheran church.
In 1847 Halle Gate became part of Belgium’s Musée Royal d’Armures, d’Antiquités et d’Ethnologie (Museum of Armor, Antiquity and Ethnology); it is now the Royal Museums for Art and History. By 1889, the collection outgrew Halle Gate, and most of it was transferred to the Cinquantenaire Museum; but Halle Gate continued to display armor and weapons.
By 1976 the building had fallen into disrepair and was closed. Lack of money stalled restoration; but finally the work was completed and Halle Gate was reopened in 1991. In March 2007 a further, more extensive restoration was undertaken. Halle Gate reopened 6.June.2008.
The main parts of the museum, each on a separate floor, include Armor and Armaments, in a small room off the central passage; the Gothic Room, displaying the history of the fortifications of Brussels and of Halle Gate; the Guilds Room, detailing the role of the city’s trade guilds; a room for temporary exhibitions; a walkway round the battlements, offering sweeping views of the city; and roof space for small exhibitions.
Porte de Hal is open Tuesday – Friday 9:30 to 17:00; Saturday – Sunday 10:00 to 17:00
Admissions charge for adults is€5 euros; for students is 4 euros; for children under 13 accompanied by family are free. Audio guides are available for 2 euros. If you have the
Brussels Card it is free. The ticket office closes at 16:00.
Porte de Hal can be found at the southern end of the inner ring road of Brussels. A metro station called Porte de Hal exits near the gate.
Do you like iguanodons, dinosaurs larger than life, mammuths, human evolution, a vivarium of spiders and amazing invertebrates, plus a collection of giant whales ?. This Museum is the place to be introducing the general public to the body of scientific knowledge built up by its researchers.
There are also very interesting temporary exhibitions and all kinds of animations for children and adults.
Opening hours :Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 to 16:45
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
Closed on Mondays.
Rue Vautier 29, B-1000 Brussels (In the vicinity of the European Communities)
In the centre of Anderlecht is the house where the famous scholar and humanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466/69-1536) lived for a while in between all other cities he resided in. He came from Rotterdam where he spent only a short time before being educated and attending universities in Steyn, Leuven, Paris and elsewhere. No wonder his is the perfect name for a European student exchange programme. Here in Anderlecht (then a village outside Brussels and now one of its communes), he stayed in 1521 and this is why the museum part hosts plenty of books that people still come to study and also let you listen to regular lectures. There is also a collection of great Flemish art and my own favourite things; old furniture. It is a cosy house where it feels like people still live and sit and discuss world events at night.
A beguinage is a sort of Belgian monastery but where the nuns were allowed to take up work in their society during daytime. The one at Anderlecth is the smallest in Belgium, only eight nuns lived here. Together, the museum and the beguinage make up the historical core of Anderlecht - a very peaceful place if you have visited the bustling immigrant market before coming here. The gardens are also fascinating and in summertime made up of herbs and other plants which Erasmus encountered during his travels. A real hidden gem of a quarter. You find it by the Rue du Chapitre, 31 (metro stop St Guidon).
A little museum, quite unknown - I bet even not all locals know it. It's Ixelles municipality museum, in Ixelles area obviously. For this reason, I am listing it in Off the beaten path tips too.
The setting is not impressive at all, the interesting permanent collection is: mostly Belgian works and posters.. lots of that. Even think the posters are the highlight of the permanent collection.
The most interesting part was, for me, the great collection of all-eras' bills and posters too. In paintings, not to look over: Rik Wouters (probably my favourite Belgian painter), Permeke and De Smet.
Posters in permanent gatherings:
*Exemples of French posters:
*Exemples of Belgian posters:
Also, the museum uses to host temporary exhibitions. My first visit in 2001 was to see a Sotheby's paintings collection. I learnt about the exhibition by chance and saw the museum for first time. Happy to have discovered it.
Returned again in May 2005... to attend another exhibition of La Collection Planque. It's always a nice surprise and a refreshing experience to go to this small museum. Still, I enjoyed my two hours (and a bit more) spent in there. I was surprised by the number of attendants as well. Little I knew so many people could have noticed it. Oh! talk Cézanne, Dubuffet, Klee, Picasso.. and the "cultured" people would flock in. Though very little dare to check the interesting permanent collection.
*Tuesday-Friday: 1pm - 6.30 pm
*Saturday & Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Address: 71 rue Jean Van Volsem - 1050 BXL
This museum is very well done and interesting. Dedicated to the Belgian comic strip and the artists that produce them, this museum is quite extensive, on 3 floors in a art nouveau building designed by Victor Horta and adapted to exhibit the collection. Great bookstore with loads of posters. Quite fun and colorful.
Zandstraat / Rue des Sables, 20
From 10am to 6pm
Adults : 6,20 € (Euro) per person.
Seniors : 5 € (Euro) per person
Children under 12 : 2,50 € (Euro) per person
This great museum is located about 10 km outside Brussels. Surrounded by a lot of parks and walking areas, it is ideal place to spend a sunny dan. In case of rain go inside and discover interesting sculptures, maps, animals, plants etc. from Central Africa. Friend of mine who lives in Brussels told me that Tervuren was opened for World Fair (cannot recall the year) and that people from colonies were exposed for visitors in simulation of their natural habitat (how inhumane!). We have tried to find out more but museum guide was reluctant to give us straight answer!
So far, my fave !
I think that if you have a few time in Brussels with MIM, Musee des Instruments de Musique, it is a great deal as far as museums are concerned. For an extra reason : even Brussels people don't know it that much.
I discovered it by chance in 1997, while wandering in Brussels office district. In fact, this used to be an old art district but offices took over art.
The first exhibition I assisted there was "Emile Verhaeren, un mus?e imaginaire". Focus on Emile Verhaeren, Belgian poet, as a link between Belgian and French artists in 1848- 1914 era. Manet, Seurat, Monet, Toulouse- Lautrec paintings adjoined with Rodin woodcarving pieces, Ensor and Meunier drawings. Visitors could even have a glance at epistolary contents that tied those artistes and "passeurs" (a kind of art smugglers) ...
The whole was displayed in a jewel case that is this building that used to be Henri Van Cutsem town house. He had it restaured by Victor Horta so as to settle his private collection (refurbished in 2003). I appreciated the sensible choice as for the place: a feeling of intimacy that bigger exhibition rooms do not deliver. The exhibition led me in the past, when those now famous artists struggled for the then recognition of their art.
Nowadays, Mus?e Charlier' s permanent collection gathers paintings, tapestry, sculpture, furniture and plate items.
Most of artists whose works, of high quality, are exhibited in Mus?e Charlier are Belgian. Painters, for instance, are those of late XIX -early XX centuries. As for pieces of furniture, they just give to the house a cosy atmosphere with their varied style: China, Renaissance, Empire... The history of the collection' s building up is quite interesting to read. First, take a glance at its website (only French and Dutch) and read about history. Then come to Brussels to see it.
Avenue des Arts- Kunstlaan 16 - 1210
Metro M stations: Arts-Loi or Madou
See map at: http://www.musee-charlier-museum.be/fr/contact.phpBrussels
A museum that is dedicated to the Art of bending books. Quite interesting. It has some international collection in bended books; displays histories of bending techniques and uses of materials. Lately, the gathering efforts have been stressed on Belgian works.
A discovery of forgotten discipline. Amazing use of materials, that, unexpectedly, gives room to innovation.
The picture will come but this one is a picture of nearby park: Parc de Woluwe (5 minutes walk to reach the park).
21 rue du Bemel - 1150 Bruxelles
Rue du Bemel passes through the park
From center, take a tub (Stockel direction), step down at Montgomery station. Take tram 39 or 44. Step down at 4th station "Chien vert". OR, by bus 36 if you take it at Schuman station area.
Phone: 02 - 770 53 33
My commune has two quite OTBP museums. This Musée du tram (Tram Museum of Brussels) is the second I wanted to talk about, the first being the Book Binding museum in Bibliotheca Wittockiana.
The tram museum is a working museum with not only old trams but also old busses.
Open from 1.30pm to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from the first weekend of April until the first weekend of October.
For more, see hereafter website http://www.mtub.be/
When in, choose your language (English included).
Also, check hereafter website to see images of those old models of trams and busses. When in, you can see other pics (click on thumbnails on the left). http://users.skynet.be/mtub/Fr/GalerietramshistoFr.html
It's a shame that I live 5 minutes from the museums (both Wittockiana and Musée du tram) but never vitied them. The museums in the center appealed me more. One day.. one day, maybe :) However, those museums are more OTBP ones. A real running off for both kids and lesser kids :)
364 Avenue de Tervuren, near Mellaerts pond.
Take Metroline 1B (dir. Stockel). Step down at Metro M station Montgomery. There, take Tram 39 (dir. Ban Eik) or 44 (dir. Tervuren) from their terminus. Step down at 6th stop “Depot de Woluwe/Woluwe Remise”. Tram museum is just at your left.
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During the Christmas holidays I visited the exhibition of Korperwelten in the cellars of the slaughterhouse of Cureghem (Anderlecht).
I know it sound a bit lugubrious, an exhibition of body parts under a slaughterhouse.
But it surely was no horror show, it was very interesting and very educational.
You could see complete bodies, and then all the separate organs. It was a way of learning a lot on the human body.
Entrance fee was 11 euro.
The Clockarium museum is conveniently housed in Schaerbeek, at the entrance to Brussels, in a nice Art Deco house built in 1935 by the architect G. Bossuyt. More than a thousand ceramic mantelpiece clocks are displayed on three floors:
the first floor is devoted to French and Czech art deco ceramic clocks
the second floor is for Belgian pieces
the third floor is for art deco ceramic clocks of various origins: German, Dutch, Austrian, Italian and unknown;
also, two rooms are devoted to the decadent clocks from the Fifties till now.
A room will soon open on the ground floor for antique and collectible clocks former to 1920
AKA - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Quite a lot of history about Belgian & European fossil hunts. A really impressive display, & the fossils are well enhanced by
light effects. Photos, and even flash, are allowed. If you go during the week, expect to see lots of school kids running around. DO NOT DRIVE hereas there is absolutely NO PARKING.
Rue Vautier 29, B-1000 Brussels (In the vicinity of the European Communities)
Who? well, Jacques Brel was a pop star in the '60s.. If you go away.... is probably his best known song. This is an imaginative museum, showing stages of his life and career.
On place de la Vielle-Halle aux Bles, closest metro - gare Centrale
I took the metro to the Jette area from Gare Centrale, and walked over to Rene Magritte's house which was once the center of the surrealsit movement. Along the way, some great Art Nouveau architecture captures the eye! Once there, I was asked to don paper slippers and was given a private tour, then left to wander on my own for the upper two floors. Not a lot of his paintings, but lots of memorabilia and a fascinating look at the lifestyles of artists in his era in Brussels.
In the picture, you see the famous blue tone used in many of his paintings. More paintings can be seen at the fine arts museum...