Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History, Brussels
Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History, Brussels - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Ticket Price: 5 EUR
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History, Brussels
The Royal Museum of Armed Forces and Military History in Cinquantenaire Park was founded as a result of the overwhelming success of the military history exhibit at the Brussels exhibition of 1910. It comprises of about 900 items covering uniforms, weapons, vehicles, arms and armour, photographs, documents, scale models and historical artefacts like paintings, sculptures and decorations. This includes an aviation hall with civilian and military aircraft. Narratively the museum explores the evolution of military technology through the ages in every civilization. It is surprisingly engaging and insightful and is sure to be a delightful treat for all visitors.
Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History Information
- Parking is available on the Esplanade by the Museum.
- Disability access enabled. Better to call ahead and inform the museum.
- Check out the sky cafe and the shop.
- Payment only by card.
- Limited handicap access in the Air Museum.
Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History Ticket Prices
- EUR 4 for 6 – 26 years, 65+
- EUR 2 for disabled people with a companion.
- Free for under 6, and on First Wednesday of the month after 1pm.
- Entrance to Brussels Air Museum is free.
Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History Opening and Closing Hours
- Last admission at 4:00pm.
- Brussels Air Museum: 9:00am-4:30pm.
- Closed on election days.
How To reach Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History by Public Transport
- Subway 1 and 5; Bus 36 stop Schuman.
- Tram 81; Buses 22, 27, 61, 80, N06 stop Merode.
Restaurants Near Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History
- Restaurant Midi-Cinquante
- La Terrase
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Royal Museum Of The Armed Forces And Military History, Brussels Reviews - Write a Review
The museum left me a good impression. It is absolutely huge, you probably need around 4 hours for a full visit. It is also not expensive, around 5€, but I didn't pay anything because of the first wednesday of the month rule (free entrance). It is in reabilitation, but if you are a fan of the Great Wars and military in general, you must visit this museum.
Nice museum and amazing plane hanger. Unfortunately the staff decided to close up early without telling anyone. This ment we missed out on getting to the top of the independents monument.. would have been a nice view :-( good value for €4
The museum is quite large and has many amazing exhibits in it - from Zeppelin gondolas and planes to exotic arms from the colonial wars era. However, my review has to be one star as I feel a museum should tell a story behind the things in it - this one does not, not even in French (English is mostly omitted), and unfortunately it looks like little effort was spent on this. For instance: there is a Mi-24 that played a huge role in the Russian intervention in Afghanistan (and also in many video games - eg Hind) - it doesn't even have a label (or has one that is very concealed); knives, swords and spears of all shapes and sizes from the Belgian Arab war are stuffed in a few shelves - maybe 50% have a hand written label; a trench flame thrower from the first world war (my best guess, or maybe not?) has a label that says don't touch it; an interwar plane with a painted Indian head with a swastika on it that is confusing given the WW2 german planes right next to it - no explanation on the context or significance is given (turns out the swastika is mirrored, so it is not a Nazi Germany one) ; the tank section is closed and there is a poster on the door that says that it is closed for renovations and it will be open in 2013. There is a marker hand drawn "6" on the 3. A 7 is due, I suppose. The list is endless and heartbreaking.
Something about this military museum is very profound. I went just feeling interested in some old planes and stuff but ended up having a very introspective and existential experience. It is at once educational and also very chilling to see the collection. Silently horrific, like a tragedy that is paused for you to inspect in detail.
Wow – what a museum. That being said, it was a little overwhelming at first glance. Some preparation time deciding on what you want to see and what you might be interested in will help considerably with your visit. The hours are good and the staff friendly and helpful. The tickets were unbelievably cheap but the ticket booth was quite a bottleneck for large groups. I visited on a Wednesday morning and total time in the museum was about 2 hours. I toured all the exhibits but was not prepared for the sheer volume of historical military artifacts of all era’s. Pro’s: Lots of stuff to see, well organized and fairly well laid out in the various halls and rooms. Incredible collections of swords, spears, cannons, and armor. Con’s: outside of display cases, a lot of the equipment is in poor shape and dusty. It takes a lot from the picture when you have an airplane covered in dust. The outside courtyard for tanks and tracked vehicles was almost pathetic. In the US, you would get any number of groups to come in and clean them, keep them up etc. I recommend the view of Brussels from the arch and overall enjoyed the museum. It should be a must see if even for just an hour or two – something for everyone at almost no cost.