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

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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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  • The City Museum is located on the Grand Place and has 3 floors small. There's not much interesting to see. On the top floor has the original statue of the dummy pissen
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  • Neo gothic building from the last quarter of the 19th century, opposite Town Hall. Basically there are 3 sections: Brussels Art, the development of the city and Manneken Pis. There is no audio guide b...  more »
  • Beautiful architecture building on the square in front of City Hall. There are a lot of animation and it is one of the must-see places.
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  • I love the Manneken pee original statute and his clothes collection.
  • This building offers a stunning view & tells us a lot about history. Well preserved & a perfect landmark to be in the heart of Brussels.
  • Pretty Cool Museum. Explores the history of Brussels and also has lots of interesting artifacts, including a collection of costumes worn by manikin pis.
  • Feel as it lacks in visual information. Really enjoyed the mennekes piss outfit room
  • Wonderful palace, but mediocre museum. I expected more about the history of the city.

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Where to stay in Brussels

It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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