Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

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Take in a wide range of art, including works from the Belgian masters, at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, a collection of the country's four most important museums. Two of the museums are located in the center of Brussels in the Coudenberg neighborhood: the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Ancient Art. The Museum of Ancient Art was built as the Palais des Beaux-Arts funded by King Leopold II and showcases the artwork in large galleries. The other two museums are a few kilometers from the city center and house the work of specific artists: the Constantin Meunier Museum and the Antoine Wiertz Museum. Reach the Meunier Museum by tram lines 23, 90, 94 and the Wiertz Museum from the Luxembourg station. These two museums are free to enter and tour. All of the museums are free on the first Wednesday of every month, and with the Brussels Card. Alternatively, buy a combo ticket for all of the museums, including the Magritte Museum, for a discount and for convenience. These tickets are available at any of the museum's reception desks. Add Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium to your Brussels travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Brussels road trip planning site .
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  • As we were specifically visiting Brussels for its examples of art nouveau architecture, a visit to the fin de siecle gallery was a must, and it very much lived up to our expectations. The Old Masters ...  more »
  • The exhibitions "Fin de siècle" and "Magritte" have liked us very well, you have not necessarily to see the exhibition of "Old Masters" in our opinion. The audio guide is very well set to music and shows and short films. You can learn much about the artworks by the signs and the audio guide. Very interesting!
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  • The museum is recently renovated. Formerly known for the medieval art but now also with an interesting section about the surrealist artist Magritte. Nice surprise was also the part about "le Fin de siècle". Worth a visit!
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  • Well curated, with interesting use of space and good story telling. The museum contains some engaging works and a good smattering of the famous. Certainly worth a visit. Look out for what temporary exhibitions are on, as these add a bonus, and are often comprehensive. If staying a couple of days buy a Brussels Card, as this offers a good deal.
  • Not a big fan of fine arts myself but this place is about as good as art museums get - you visit it, you get to see pretty cool paintings. Without a good background on arts history I was probably missing some fun few visiting groups of students had there. Again, i'm probably just not cultured enough to properly appreciate all that :) Personally I've liked the Old Masters part the most. Finding an efficient and convenient route through it there might be challenging, however. If planning a visit in advance, consider downloading a pdf with the plan of the exhibition from their website.
  • The Bruegel paintings really impressed me, I understand that his works are very rarely put on exhibition due to their high sensitivity. The employees were nice except those at the groundfloor (-7or something, the lowest level)- when the closing time was close, we were rushed and hushed even though I needed an info. Watch out, it's pretty cold in this museum , probably the temperature is set lower than usual for Bruegel paintings.
  • Has no one taught these people how to hang paintings? Good luck trying to see any of the paintings properly - the rooms are all dark and the lights right above the paintings cause so much glare that a good part of each painting will be not visible. The staff is also some of the least friendly staff I've ever encountered. The entry is pretty cheap, but you'll know why when you get here. The least enjoyable museum experience I've ever had - utter disappointment!
  • Amazing. It has great verity of paintings. Though It took 3h to walk around there, I didn’t feel tired at all. Just enjoyed.
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