Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

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Natural History Museum History Museum
Discover one of the largest dinosaur halls in the world at Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, an attraction that is part museum and part research center. Don't miss the 30 completely assembled Iguanodon skeletons that seem to be stalking the dinosaur hall. These fierce beasts were discovered in the 19th century not far from the museum. A Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton is another favorite that sends chills up your spine, but the nearby herbivores, such as the Stegosaurus, don't seem too rattled. The permanent exhibits continue the local theme with dinosaur discoveries, evolution, insects, shells, minerals, and animal life in the city. Temporary exhibits also move through the museum and many of these are combined with educational programs. The museum is included in the Brussels City Card, which gives you free access to 30 city museums. However, a single ticket is also very affordable. Make Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences a part of your Brussels vacation plans using our Brussels vacation trip planner.
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  • Our age range was 17-56 and we were all impressed by the Natural Sciences Museum. This is all the more remarkable as we are not particularly museum enthusiasts! The dino exhibition and the section on ...  more »
  • I spent an afternoon alone in this museum and had the best time! They have a great selection of fossils and skeletons and I had the opportunity to really learn a lot. Also they have some cool temporar...  more »
  • At the Belgian surrealism? Always is it that, even in the middle of the holidays, the Museum is closed on Monday. No way to engage the jobistes? Rotate temporary exhibitions? Ridiculous. And we who had scheduled the discovery of Poison exposure, we will therefore explore other activities in Brussels, and too bad for the natural history museum.
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  • There's a little bit for everyone. I only liked not loved it because it wasn't very well signposted and the English language text wasn't always easy to spot as they kept changing the language orders. Some older sections did not even have English. Educational and good for keeping children and adults interested.
  • A nice natural history museum, with lots of fossils, stuffed animals and information. All panels are in four languages, which speaks to the diversity of Brussels as a city. Would visit again.
  • Had a lovely day here. The items on display where amazing as had all the fact about them. Only thing is there wasnt alot of places to sit down if you need to. I was 8 months pregnant at the time and its alot of walking around so i had pretty sore feet at the end :(
  • The originals are very interesting, including iguanodons and other fossils, ancient human remains and minerals collection. However I'm far less excited about curators decision to include so many replicas for the completeness of the story. It enlarges the already substantial collection to the point of unbearability and dilutes attention from the genuine exhibits
  • Nice experience.. Well organised.. lot of dinosaurs..

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