Museums in Brussels


Town: Brussels Address: Rue du Chapelain 8 Phone: +32 2 521 13 E283 Price: 1 - 1 EUR Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 -17:00 The Anderlecht Convent Museum contains a valuable collection of popular art and religious history. The entrance of Anderlecht's Beguine convent permits visitors into an intimate place which once offered rooms to only eight Beguines. Erected in 1252, the edifice is overlooking an internal courtyard closed by two ranges of houses and a well.
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Town: Brussels Address: Bibliothèque royale Albert Ier, Boulevard de l'Empereur 4 Phone: +32 2 519 55 79 The Archives and French Literature Museum comprises four sections devoted to archives of the history of Belgian literature, spanning poetry, foreign literature, drama and audiovisual arts. The museum's section of Belgian letters features more than 7,000 archive files and some 15,000 books. The special funds' highlights include Verhaeren, Baillon, Henry van de Velde, and the avant-garde. The international library of literature has some 75,000 books and a long line of special funds,
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Town: Brussels Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire 11 Phone: +32 2 736 41 65 e-mail: info@autoworld.be Price: 3 - 6 EUR Autoworld Brussels showcases a 100-year history of automobiles with more than 400 vehicles, displayed in five expositions. The steel construction of the former Palais Mondial, an early 20th-century edifice by architect Gédéon Bordiau, contains vast ensembles of various models, featuring animal-drawn, steam or electric traction and gas powered automobiles. The museum was set up in 1984 from the personal collection of Ghislain Mahy and Charly De Pauw.
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Town: Brussels Address: Rue Ransfort 27 Phone: +32 2 410 99 50 e-mail: info@lafonderie.be Price: 5 - 5 EUR La Fonderie, or Museum of Industry and Labour, displays various tools, machinery and testimonies of social and industrial life in a bronze foundry situated in a once highly industrialised district, The Old Manchester of Belgium. The Toré in Liège, the Brabo fountain in Antwerp, the local gates of the Palace of Justice,
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Town: Brussels Address: Rue Gheude 56 Phone: +32 2 521 49 28 e-mail: info@cantillon.be Price: 4 - 4 EUR The Brussels Gueuze Museum showcases an old family-run brewery, where visitors can sample typical beers and view 19th- and early 20th-century brewing equipment. This museum offers detailed information on how to make gueuze beer according to traditional methods, which borrows methods of champagne production and blends different lambic beers. The museum is also an operating brewery from October until March.
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Town: Brussels Address: Avenue de Tervuren 364B Phone: +32 2 515 31 08 Price: 5 - 5 EUR The Brussels Tram Museum houses a collection of over 60 vehicles and offers excursions with old trams from the early 20th Century. In 1897, King Leopold II ordered that a road be built to connect Brussels and Tervuren so that visitors to the Universal Exhibition could easily travel between the sites hosting the event at the Cinquantenaire Park and Colonial Pavilion,
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Town: Brussels Address: Chaussée de Wavre 150 Phone: +32 2 512 29 68 The collection of the Camille Lemonnier Museum is installed in the working office of Camille Lemonnier (1844 – 1913) and contains Belgian letters in French. The museum, a recreation of Camille Lemonnier's office at Rue du Lac in Ixelles, also holds most of the artwork which belonged to the 'marechal of letters'. The featured works include paintings by Emile Claus, Juliette Wytsman, Adrien-Joseph Heymans,
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Town: Brussels Address: Rue Ravenstein 23 Phone: +32 2 507 82 00 Price: 9 - 15 EUR An Art Deco masterpiece by Victor Horta, the Centre of Fine Arts is one of the jewels of Belgium's cultural and architectural heritage. Following renovation and restoration, the centre has now re-opened its original spaces, consisting of a network of exhibition rooms, theatre halls and the Henry Le Boeuf Hall, a 2,200-seat concert hall with new multimedia rooms.
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Town: Brussels Address: Avenue des Arts 16 Phone: +32 2 220 26 90 e-mail: info@charliermuseum.be Price: 3 - 5 EUR A showcase of various paintings and objets d'art, the Charlier Museum is installed in a 19th-century mansion with interior decoration by Victor Horta. The house-museum traces the artistic treasures gathered by sculptor Guillaume Charlier and his friend Henri Van Cutsem, to whom most of the collection belonged. A patron of the arts,
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Town: Brussels Address: Rue Baron Horta 9 Phone: +32 2 507 83 70 e-mail: cinematheque@ledoux.be Price: 2 - 2 EUR The collection of the Cinema Museum comprises a permanent exhibition devoted to the prehistory of cinema. Apart from holding daily projections of five films, the permanent section of the exhibition offers a glimpse of the prehistory of cinema, from shadow puppets to Edison and the Lumière Brothers. The series of showcases illustrate the stages which have lead to the invention of cinema.
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Town: Brussels Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 Phone: +32 2 741 72 11 Price: 1 - 4 EUR The Cinquantenaire Museum, or Royal Museums of Art and History, houses vast collections spanning antiquity, non-European civilisations and European Decorative Arts. The collections of the museum stem from nearly all continents and periods. The Apamea Hall antiquity department and its colonnade serve as a setting for Roman mosaics. The Roman Empire is showcased via portraits,
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Town: Brussels Address: Avenue Léo Errera 41 Phone: +32 2 343 48 51 e-mail: info@museumvanbuuren.be Price: 5 - 10 EUR The David and Alice van Buuren Museum is installed in an Art Deco house which belonged to David and Alice van Buuren. Featuring a collection of works of art from the 15th to 20th Century, the site is also equipped with lush gardens layed out by Jules Buyssens and René Pechère. Built in 1928 in the Dutch style,
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Town: Brussels Address: Rue du Chapitre 31 Phone: +32 2 521 13 83 e-mail: info@erasmushouse.museum Price: 1 - 4 EUR The Erasmus House comprises a long line of works of art, furniture, books and archives illustrating the thought and era of Erasmus. Installed in a 16th-century house and transformed into a museum in 1932, it was classified as a historic heritage building in 1937. The house's collections of works of art, engravings, books and archives form a unique ensemble illustrating moments of European history: the Renaissance,
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Town: Brussels Address: Place des Palais 7 Phone: +32 2 545 08 00 e-mail: info@coudenberg.com Price: 1 - 4 EUR The collection of the Coudenberg Archaeological Site showcases archaeological treasures of Brussels. Since the 12th Century, the top of the Coudenberg mound, the site of the present-day Place Royal and its surrounding area, served as a significant centre of power. In the late 14th and early 15th Century, the castle of the dukes of Brabant was converted into a palace,
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Town: Brussels Address: Rue Jean Van Volsem 71 Phone: +32 2 515 64 21 The collection of the Ixelles Museum of Fine Arts features displays of paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings from the 16th to 20th Century, as well as posters of the 19th and 20th Centuries. The Ixelles Museum contributes to the reputation of Brussels via multidisciplinary collections, providing a wide overview of the movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries. A particular focus has been placed on Impressionism,
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Town: Brussels Address: Rue de la Régence 3 Phone: +32 2 508 32 11 Price: 3 - 5 EUR Installed in a neoclassical building, the Museum of Ancient Art, or Belgian Museums of Fine Arts, features an exceptional collection of Flemish Primitives. In the 15th Century, artists drew their inspiration from religion, as showcased in works like the portrait of Antoine de Bourgogne by Rogier van der Weyden, as well as in the pieces by the Master of Flémalle,
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Town: Brussels Address: Rue de l'Ermitage 86 Phone: +32 2 649 86 65 Price: 1 - 4 EUR The Museum of Architecture – The Lodge, showcasing the city's architectural archives, is installed in a former Masonic lodge, The Human Right. The original setting is across the street from the Centre International pour la Ville, l'Architecture et le Paysage (CIVA) and offers a glimpse into architectural documents, photographs, scale models, furniture, sketches and correspondence. Held by the Archives d'Architecture Moderne (AAM),
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Town: Brussels Address: Gare de Bruxelles-Nord, Rue du Progrès 76 Phone: +32 2 224 62 79 The collection of the Museum of Belgian Railways showcases the history and evolution of railway technology in Belgium. This museum is set within Brussels-North train station. The site includes the locomotion Pays de Waes (Country of Waes), constructed in 1845, which is surrounded by scale models and photographs of different vehicles, marking devices, railway tracks and points, as well as coupes providing explanations on the functioning of steam traction.
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Town: Brussels Address: ULB - Route de Lennik 808 Phone: +32 2 555 63 76 The Museum of Human Anatomy and Embryology provides a comprehensive showcase of human anatomy and embryology. The museum is set in the faculty-hospital campus of Erasmus and mostly aimed at Medicine students of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The museum exhibits real anatomical preparations, as well as plastic, with a particular emphasis on embryos and fetuses. Even though some of the embryos are normal,
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Town: Brussels Address: Place Royale 1-2 Phone: +32 2 508 32 11 Price: 2 - 5 EUR The Museum of Modern Art, or Belgian Museum of Fine Art, displays Belgian and foreign works of the 19th and 20th Centuries, spanning from Impressionism to Surrealism until the present day, and featuring pieces by Permeke, Broodthaers, Magritte, Delvaux and Ensor. The 20th-century paintings, sculptures and drawings range from Fauvism to Contemporary Art, and are shown in chronological and thematical displays.
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