Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels

Categories: Military Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History is a military museum that occupies the two northernmost halls of the historic complex in Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels, Belgium.HistoryAt the Brussels exhibition of 1910, a section on military history was presented to the public and met with great success.Given the enthusiasm of the population, the authorities created a military museum within the international context of extreme tension which led to the Great War. The museum was originally installed on the site of the Abbaye de la Cambre and moved to the Cinquantenaire Park in 1923.The buildingIn 1875, the Belgian architect Gédéon Bordiau made a proposal to build flats on the site of a former parade ground of the Garde Civique. The location was named "Cinquantenaire" (literally "50th anniversary") because it was planned to celebrate the half-century since the independence of Belgium in 1830 as an exhibition space.Temporary structures were erected on the site for the World Fair of 1897 as Bordiau's work had not been finished. The construction of buildings was put on hold in 1890 for lack of funds and was eventually stopped by the death of the architect in 1904. Work resumed the following year under the direction of French architect Charles Girault and was completed with a new patron, King Leopold II. The triumphal arch that had already been planned was amended and expanded to meet the wishes of the King.
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  • Located on the north side of the Arc de Triomphe. And across from the Outworld as well as big buildings. The exhibits from the Middle Ages until World War II weapons, uniforms and war record, and toured a fun.
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  • In itself not a bad Museum, clearly I would represent quite a bit different from the German glasses (and I'm not talking now of the 2nd World War), but that's ok. Generally the Museum, especially the aviation exhibition is too crammed. A look at details of the exhibits is hardly possible. A pity is that in the flyer and the website much is described, which simply does not exist. Also the reconstruction and temporary closures are not mentioned. Everything in the all that who has nothing to do in bad weather you want to have fun (from autumn 2017 all exhibitions should be incl Panzer and 21st century open again). Ticket price for adults (aged 26) €5 reduced €4 I consider to be fair enough.
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  • The museum is huge, you need around 2 hours to see everything (reading included). There are many categories so you don t get bored. I recomand to take the audio tour. 
  • In a country where nearly all mayor European wars have been fought, it is natural to have a good museum showing their military history. The new exhibition are modern but the old part of the museum looks quite outdated, being more a collection than a modern museum. it has some charm though.
  • Is a perfect place to visit if you enjoy military history it is also really good if you are working on a budget as the majority or the museum is FREE !!!! when I loved locally this was somewhere I regularly took friends who were visiting and there is a balcony in too of the arch giving amazing views in good days
  • Great museum displaying Belgiums military history from the colonial era to the modern day. Whole range of exhibits including a rather large aircraft exhibit. Highly recommended.
  • Incredible exhibits of Belgian military equipment from uniforms and hand weapons to a collection of tanks, wheeled fighting vehicles and 80 aircraft manufactured from pre WWI through the 1980's. A large collection of arms and equipment from Belgium's African colonial era consisting of both native African tribal arms, dress, masks and the like plus the uniforms and equipment made use of by the European Armies who colonized much of Africa and became rich exporting the natural resources of central and Southern Africa.
  • Just a surreal space. An absurdly overwhelming assemblage of materiel from the last several hundred years. Some of the original exhibits are badly suffering from neglect. The original sections also do a rather poor job of exploring Belgian colonial legacy. There are things, like a mosaic made of hundreds of severed horse hooves from WW1, which defy description.
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