Brussels Museum Guide: 4 museums every art lover needs to visit
Brussels isn’t just a paradise for foodies and fans of architecture. The Belgian capital also boasts a diverse art and culture scene. There are more than 150 museums and exhibition houses scattered throughout the city. Therefor our Brussels museum guide for the museums that are not to be missed when in Brussels:
#1 Mont des Arts
The cultural centre of Brussels is the Mont des Arts. A whole range of museums are situated on the hill in the centre. These include the Musical Instruments Museum, whose cafe enjoys a wonderful view of the Royal Palace and the René Magritte Museum. The surrealist spent a large proportion of his life in Brussels. The house where he lived in Jette is also a museum nowadays.
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#2 Art & History Museum
The Art & History Museum, situated in Cinquantenaire Park, is one of the largest museums in Europe. The exhibition rooms house has an extensive collection dating from numerous periods. You would need several days to look at all the exhibits in detail. Art & History Museum is one of the exhibition houses which you can visit for free on the first Wednesday of every month. You can find a list of other museums here.
#3 MIMA – Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Arts
The MIMA, short for Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Arts, is the first of its type. It takes you on an entertaining interactive journey of discovery of contemporary art. The MEININGER Hotel Brussels City is located right next to the MIMA museum, offering the ideal place to stay during your city break.
Built in 1958 for the global exhibition Expo, today the Atomium is the symbol of Brussels. The 102 metre-high structure represents an iron molecule which has been magnified 165 billion times. Several of the shiny spheres and the futuristic tubes between them are walkable and contain exhibitions about the history of the Atomium and Expo 58. You can take the lift to the highest sphere, where the Panorama restaurant is situated, and indulge in haute cuisine – with a phenomenal skyline view included.
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