Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), Brussels

(3.7/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Discover how the capital city became what it is today at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles). The museum showcases a scale model of Brussels in the Middle Ages and a whole host of artifacts specific to the city, including items used by all types of people, from craftsmen to aristocrats. Paintings, textiles, tapestries, and tools fill each room of the city hall, which houses the museum. You'll recognize the building by the ornate statuary and relief carvings that distinguish it in the Grand Place, the large square in the city center. Don't miss the display of 750 costumes for the city's iconic Mannequin Pis, the famous urinating fountain. The attraction is included on the BrusselsCard (available at the tourist office), or you can purchase a ticket upon arrival. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Brussels holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This former grain Hall, in what the Belgium produced refined and beautiful. Temporary Expo also of the Mannekenpis, shamefully bucked legs but restored original. To see!
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  • The top floor caught my attention the most, they had a tapestry restoration office, where one could peak in and watch professionals at work.  more »
  • It was pretty small but it was cheap and all the exhibits they did have were good quality. If you have a short time in Brussels it is a nice crash course on the history.  more »
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  • There's some cool things in this museum but there's not too much order to things. All the outfits of Mannekin Pis are here though, which is pretty cool.
  • One of the brilliant buildings granting the square its worldwide renown
  • Some old maps of Brussels. And the doll costumes. A good waste of time, but not a... Have to... In Brussels.
  • Surprising little museum. Very nice survey of Brussels History in a charming historic building. The collection of Mannekin Pis costumes organized by nationality and special events is a delight and a joy. Very little English signage on various displays, have your google translate app at the ready.
  • Some fascinating material on the development of Brussels over the millennia.