Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Very nice, well renovated Museum. Very nice collection of dinosaur skeletons in a beautiful hall. The different collections are presented very didactic way, well suited for young children. Negative point: - the great hall of dinosaurs is very noisy because of its old architecture - the museum plan is complex (as a result of its old architecture) that need to retrace its steps several times.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Special exhibition of the skeletons found in Bernissart iguanodons. Beautiful presentation of this set. However the exhibition hall is noisy, nice, a lot of reverberation of sounds. For us it is the only interest of this Museum, the rest is either of the déjà vu it is unexciting. Lack of explanation, route in the Museum that is not very clear. A lot of pseudo educational entertainment for children quite bit exciting. Even for children interest remains limited. Last topic interesting enough comprehensive geological collection with lots of samples. We have not see the temporary exhibition on birds and reptiles. To the morning to avoid the crowds from 13:00.
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  • August 13, 2017
    If you have children with you to Brussels then the natural history museum is a nice place to stroll and enjoy the children discover the wonders of the world including dinosaurs. It is located just off...  more »
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  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    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 :(
  • May 28, 2017
    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
  • June 23, 2017
    Nice experience.. Well organised.. lot of dinosaurs..

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