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The 12 best museums in Brussels you have to visit

May 27, 2019
Brussels is full of fascinating museums, in fact, the tourist bureau stated there were over 90 at the last count. When visiting for the weekend it would be impossible to see them all, so we’ve narrowed it down to 12 that you simply can’t miss.

Van Buuren Museum

Slightly off the beaten tourist track, Van Buuren Museum is worth seeking out for its intimate atmosphere and beautiful displays. This Art Deco house, surrounded by a beautifully lush garden, originally inhabited by David and Alice Van Buuren, exhibits a wide range of rare furniture, tapestries, glass frames, sculptures and paintings by international artists. Built in 1928 in Dutch Art Deco style, this museum is a must for design lovers. 

 

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House of European History

With the fate of the European Union looking more uncertain than ever, the House of European History has never been so important. The House of European History takes visitors on a journey along the path of Europe’s history and challenges them to contemplate its future. Located in the beautifully renovated Eastman Building, its exhibits are available in all 24 official European Union languages. 

 

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Royal Museum of Fine Art

For some people, a mini break wouldn’t be complete without a trip to an art museum and the Royal Museum of Fine Art is one of our favourites in Europe. Belgian artists take centre stage here and old and new are displayed side by side. This museum sits atop the Mont des Arts (Kunstberg) the art and museum hill of the city so a trip here can easily include visits to a few other museums. 

 

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Museum of Natural Sciences

If you’re travelling to Brussels with the little ones, then a visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences is a must. Interactive displays and exhibitions aimed specifically at children will keep them busy while you also browse. The dinosaur gallery and insect hall are particular highlights. 

 

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Autoworld

Petrol heads and car lovers will obsess over the permanent display at Autoworld. With a collection of more than 400 rare and vintage cars, including many owned by famous personalities, this is a must visit when you’re in Brussels. 

 

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Musical Instruments Museum

Often sited as the most complete collection of musical instruments in the world, this is one museum that shouldn’t be missed if you’re a music fan. Featuring instruments from the birth of music right up to the present day, there is also unimpressive global collection. The museum is housed in an impressive building which is worth checking out. 

 

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Brussels City Museum

The Museum of the City of Brussels (Musée de la Ville in French) is located in the Grand Place, housed in the Maison du Roi (King’s House). The museum was opened in 1887 and features lots of information and objects that reflect the history and evolution of Brussels throughout the years.

 

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BELvue Museum

If you like to start your city breaks with an overview of the city you’re in then a visit to BELvue Museum should be first on your itinerary. Dedicated to the history of modern Belgium, this museum walks you through the history of the country from the beginning when Belgium became an independent nation in 1830 until today.

 

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Magritte Museum

While you might not actually know the name René Magritte, you’ll definitely know some work by the esteemed Belgian painter. This museum is dedicated entirely to his life’s work and many of his most famous pieces are here, all arranged chronologically. There are also letters and videos to give you an insight into the man behind the paintings. 

 

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Horta Museum

The Horta Museum is located in the private house and studio of Victor Horta. Built between 1898 and 1901 at 23-25, rue Américaine in Saint-Gilles, Brussels, the two buildings are typical of Art Nouveau at its height. The interior decoration has largely been retained, the mosaics, stained glass, and wall decorations forming a harmonious and elegant whole, down to the last detail. You don’t need to be an architect lover to be captivated by the sculpted wooden and steel decorative art that is built into the house itself.

 

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Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

As the home of praline, it’s hardly surprising that Brussels has a chocolate museum. Come to this small but perfectly formed attraction to learn about the origins of cocoa and of course, sample some of the local delicacies. After doing your research at the museum, head to one of the best chocolate shops in Brussels for some sweet treats to take home. 

 

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Museum of Belgian Brewers

Lovers of beer shouldn’t miss this museum of Belgian Brewers which will show you a short film about the production process before guiding you through the process. A beer is included in the entry price. And if that gives you a taste for Belgian beer, check out our list of the best beer houses in Brussels to visit after a day of culture. 

 

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