Museum visits should not be redundant visions of the same collections. Especially on a holiday, it’s good to keep things light and mix things up. The great thing about Brussels is that it has a variety of Museums. Most of Belgium’s national pride from cartoons to famous artists, from chocolate to music is represented by a museum.
5) The Center for Fine Arts
Outside of its impressive permanent collection, the Center for Fine Arts is now hosting a fabulous Frida Khalo exhibition. It’s the most famous museum in Belgium and boasts a superb collection of Flemish painters. There are four museums connected to this giant, two of them are in the main building: The Museum of Ancient art and the Museum of Modern Art.
4) Belgian Comic Strip Center
Home to the adventures of Tintin, it is no wonder that Belgians are crazy for comics. Brussels’ cartoon museum pays homage to the history of classic comics. The Comic Strip Center is not just a fun place for kids but a classic monument designed by Art Nouveau architect, Victor Horta. It’s a great way to compromise when the young ones have seen enough cultural sights.
3) The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
During late spring, the royal palace opens the doors of their greenhouses for three weeks only. The 270 thousand square feet complex features plants from all over the world. During the opening period, most of the exotic plants are in bloom. But don’t let the plants take the focus of the impressive structure of the greenhouses, as they are a unique 18th Century construction.
2) Museum of Music
Located in the center of Brussels, steps away from the central train station, the Museum of Music is worth it both for its collection and for its architecture. The building itself is a remarkable Art Deco monument. Inside, they have a large collection of instruments from its birth to modern times, as well as exports from the four corners of the world.
1) Magritte Museum
Magritte is arguably the most internationally known Belgian artist. Even those who have heard his name have seen some of his paintings, like the Green apple on the bowler hat or the wooden pipe with the inscription “ceci n’est pas une pipe.” The museum opened its doors to the public in June 2009 and has been critically acclaimed by the local and international press.
Best Budget Hotels in Brussels
- Hotel Agenda Louise – double rooms starting from €59/£ 48.9/$ 71.5
- Hotel Prestige Brussels – double rooms starting from €55/£ 45.6/$ 66.7
- Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie – double rooms starting from €54/£ 44.8/$ 65.5
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