The Palais des Beaux-Arts (Palace of Fine Arts) combines dance, music, film, architecture, literature and theater in one building. The building was created by the famous architect Victor Horta in 1928 in a mixture of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. There are no paintings in the museum, but exhibitions on the aforementioned topics. Many events take place in the Palais des Beaux-Arts. There are literature readings, dance events, theater performances, films and concerts. The Palais des Beaux-Arts is a very lively museum and offers interesting events. It is worth taking a look at the program.
There are 3 departments in the magnificent Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts. Oldmasters, Fin de Siècle and Modern Museum are united under the roof of the Royal Museums. The old masters with Rubens, Bosch, Bruegel and many others are the highlight of the museum.
The ModernMuseum shows modern and contemporary art. The works of René Magritte were outsourced to their own museum, which is located right next to the Musées des Beaux Arts at Place Royal 1.
The Fin de Siècle section contains art nouveau paintings and handicrafts. Since Brussels was an important center of Art Nouveau architecture, 3D models of famous buildings from this era are also shown.
The "House of European History" is a museum of the European Union in Leopoldpark. The museum shows the turning points in European history and the emergence of the European Union. The house of history is located in the Eastman building, built in 1935 by Swiss architect Michel Polak. The visitor receives a tablet computer, which recognizes the individual exhibits and announces the texts in the desired language. Admission is free.
Belgium has produced many famous comics, such as Tintin, Lucky Luke or the Smurfs. The Comic Museum in Brussels shows the country's great illustrators and their popular heroes. The Belgian Comic Strip Center "Museé belge de la Bande dessinée" is located in a former department store by art nouveau architect Victor Horta. The Comic Museum is therefore also architecturally worth a visit. Tip: The Comic Museum also offers tours of comic murals in Brussels city center.
The Royal Museum of Art and History shows archaeological finds from Belgium, ancient treasures from Greece, Italy, Egypt and the Middle East. Art Nouveau objects and non-European art are also exhibited. This collection includes works from America, China, India, Japan, Korea, Oceania and Islamic art. The Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire is located in the Jubilee Park, right next to the triumphal arch for Belgian independence.
Belgium was the scene of many great battles, from Napoleon's defeat in Waterloo to the trench warfare of the First World War. The Royal d'Armee Museum shows knight's armor, paintings, busts of generals, tanks, fighter jets, cannons and other historical weapons. A replica of the three-decker Fokker Dr. I. of the "Red Baron" Manfred von Richthofen is exhibited here. The German fighter pilot became famous in the First World War with 80 kills. He was fatally hit near Amiens, France, but was able to land his plane safely before he died. The Musée Royal d'Armee is an old school war museum and is also located in the Jubilee Park.
There are numerous museums in Brussels. The free travel guide from regiopia introduces the most famous museums of the Belgian capital.