Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels

(4.3/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
Located in Cinquantenaire Park, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History houses aircraft, weaponry, uniforms, and vehicles from all the nations that participated in World Wars I and II. Tightly packed into two halls in the park's northern complex, the exhibits are dense and visually stimulating. Consider combining your visit to museum with a trip to the park. The hall where the artifacts are housed was meant to be temporary, but expanded to a permanent space with a domed, glass roof that is easy to spot from most areas in the park. Put Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History into our Brussels vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Brussels.
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  • This museum contain more than history of 'Armed Forces' but also Egyption history and old cars museum. It is worth to do a daytrip to this museum.  more »
  • A truly complete trip in military history, not only in Belgium, in the setting of a beautiful Parc du Cinquantenaire. Very rich collection of uniforms, weapons, armor, signs, and objects from the Napoleonic era to the present. Very well done even the path dedicated to the second World War (shown in English, Dutch and French). Finally, an exceptional collection of means, and in particular the dedicated aircraft hangar: you can see dozens of fighter planes, helicopters and transport planes. Well worth a visit to do not rush to see everything: the ticket price is absolutely balanced (5 euros, credit/debit card payment only, no cash).
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  • It's an immersion in war stories, from the Napoleonic Era until the first world war. All objects very well organized and in great condition, just watching you can imagine what it was like the wars in Europe. The Eur 5.00 entry does not match the importance and status of the Museum, for me to pay more just to get in and enjoy the Museum. The day I went was a group of teenage students, imagine how Rico education of students to study history and then feel what they have learned in this museum. Show!!!
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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