Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels

(4.3/5 based on 65 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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  • To all lovers of aviation and military history of the twentieth century, it is totally recommended to go to the Museum. 4€ the entry. In 10' from the grand place. Located in the Park of the cicuentario. Good way to spend the afternoon. The Park and the Museum. You can take advantage and visit the town of Parliament already to the side.
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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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  • This museum is well worth a visit. They have a very extensive collection spanning many eras of warfare and covering many parts of the world (e.g. including tsarist Russia). The tank courtyard was closed for renovations when we visited, but you can still peek from inside. The aircraft hangar was probably the most impressive part. The collection was very dense, almost to a fault. Presentation could be a touch haphazard. Nevertheless, a very instructive visit on the whole.
  • Museum has many things to show, much more than I expected and it is very cheap for what it has to offer. You could spend days and days exploring its contents. But they could do better job on explaining things and put more descriptions, especially on english (I know some French but I'm not an expert) . Another thing that was problematic for me was its illumination (especially in cloudy days), as I have problem seeing in the dark. Next time I get in Bruxelles I will definitely visit this place again.
  • Excellent aircraft,collection filling an entire wing of the museum. You can also get a great view of Brussels on top of the "cinquantenaire" arch. All for free. Downside + at lunch many of the areas of the museum close?!!!?
  • Interesting place to spend a couple of hours. Not as comprehensive as many I've seen, but an interesting, Belgiun perspective
  • This museum is not very well known or advertised, but is definitely worth a visit if you've visited the must see tourist sites already. The collection is good and well organised, especially the aeroplane hall is impressive. There are audio guides but all information is also available on information panels throughout the rooms. The ticket also allows entry to the roof of the victory arch next to the museum for a stunning view over Brussels. Be sure to do this first thing, or don't keep this for last if you're close to closing time, because this closes a bit earlier than the other sections