This huge museum, part of the Royal Museums of Art and History, was founded by Belgian King Leopold II. It has four major collections that cover thousands of items:
- Collection of national archaeology: prehistoric artefacts, crafts of the Gallo-Romans, and works from the Merovingian period.
- Antiquity: thousands of items of from the ancients civilizations of Egypt, Iran, Greece and Rome
- European Decorative Art: Probably the largest collection here, covering Romanesque, Mosan, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco works. Also has lots of ceramics, glassworks, metal work, scientific instruments, sculptures, and carriages.
- Non-European Art: Ancient and medieval art from India, China, Korea, Oceania and also stuff from the Islamic and Eastern Christian worlds.
This is all presented in some really beautiful spaces. The museum is one of those that’s impossible to cover in a single day. Give yourself lots of time.
Musees Royaux D'art Et D'histoire Travel Tips
- Check out the museum shop, restaurant and the plaster cast workshop.
- Disabled accessible.
- Galleries may be closed for renovations.
Entrance Ticket Details For Musees Royaux D'art Et D'histoire
- € 6: young adults (19-25 years), senior citizens (65 +), groups (min. 15 persons),
- € 2: kids, unemployed and disabled
- Audioguide: EUR 3
- Free admission: first Wednesday of every month after 1 p.m.
Musees Royaux D'art Et D'histoire Hours
- Last admission at 4pm.
- Closes at 2pm 24 and 31 December.
How to Reach Musees Royaux D'art Et D'histoire
- Subway 1 and 5; Bus 36 stop Schuman.
- Tram 81; Buses 22, 27, 61, 80, N06 stop Merode.
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Musees Royaux D'art Et D'histoire Reviews & Ratings
Gorgeous museum with a lot of history, both for the building, the collections and its surroundings. Some exhibitions are dated and in some places the museum needs a bit of TLC, but it doesn't make visiting it any less worthwhile. We visited purely for the temporary Inca Textile expo, which was gorgeous. All objects had been cleverly given a place and there were some interactive spaces for kods as well. In the permanent exhibitions, especially liked the medieval carpets (which Brussels used to be famous for) and the massive mosaic and columns in the Roman Hall.
The most unmotivated staff I have ever encountered in a museum in my life. Before I was able to buy a ticket the lady at the counter had to finish writing her text message. That said the building is impressive the collection is like in every other art and history Museum bit the Egypt bit of Roman bit of Japanese and Chinese bit of European art history. But worth a visit when in Brussels
Huge and nicely done. All about Middle ages, WW 1 and 2, aviation. Don't forget to check out the panorama!!!
The highlight of the museum's permanent collection is surely the exhibition on islamic art and culture. Well organized with additional material available in English and German. That can sadly not be said for the rest of the museum. It is probably not a usual custom to include an English descriptions in countries where there are two main languages. But it is counter-intuitive not to include an international description.
Went there for a private party, had an exhibition running, but felt manipulated when said exhibition was only one room. Building on itself is stylish and big, which makes it a pain when it comes to noise. Too much echo and whenever a group of people starts talking, it rapidly becomes unbearable to me. Also, no handicap access has been seen when I went there. If there is one, I have not seen it.