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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  • These big creatures are impressive. It is difficult to imagine how big they are. Played with digital Dino more than 10 minutes ) A lot of expositions are broken and it is sad.  more »
  • very good museum, quiet and calm. They had many dinosaurs skeletons and reconstructions. When we visted there was a temporary exhibition on poison which was very good as well  more »
  • dissapointed as was not very large but well balanced and a fun way to pass a few hours with the grand children  more »
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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.
  • 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
  • Very nice building. Parking not great and parking 2 is not buggy or wheelchair accessible. Nice exposition. A bit outdated for interactivity. Restaurant is very slow and low quality and not cheap
  • Very nice! A great experience. Too many noisy school children in the morning for my opinion, but very interesting and cheap.