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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  • Of course, the exposition of the Museum is worth a visit. For me personally, even for the sake of one "Fall of Icarus" Bruegel cost go here. But even Rubens, Rembrandt, many Flemish artists. And, of course, a big plus that under one roof is a Museum of modern art museum and Margriet.
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  • First public place where we are unwelcome, in Dutch, and without the slightest smile. Icy Museum both literally and figuratively, a few iconic paintings lack due to water damage! Little respect shown to these old masters... There is yet Cranagh, Bruegel, superb Flemish primitives: tiny cartels, little information and this remains well boring, it should be noted the false modernity of a video presentation on the ground floor which gives hurt the heart...
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  • More than I thought this museum I liked. I have already visited many museums of first row and I thought this would a be more secondary. And she was wrong. It was a very nice visit there are few people, there are other museums that are almost crowded and it is very quiet in public. No need to book the visit, access, no glue is easy. It has a good collection of Flemish painting, some pictures of the Bosco and a collection of paintings of Brueghel, who are the best of the Museum. It has restaurant, self-service and ate there very well, better than restaurants in other museums that are expensive and the food is very common. We were visiting him all morning, enjoying their rooms quietly. We got a combo ticket that also included the Mueo Magritte and the Museum, the Fin de siècle. But not is if you would recommend it only if you have time or you like many Magritte. But I advise your visit, it is very interesting.
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  • Beautiful museum and worth a stop. As others have mentioned, there is a security check on the way in and once you enter any very large bags must be put into a free locker (we were fine with large wristlets and a small purse). The comments about lighting on many of the paintings are also correct, it could use some work. These were minor issues though, and overall the museum complex is charming. The impressionist collection is especially good. Good food in the cafe and they have a lovely terrace where you can sit and eat, although a little expensive (18 euro for a slice of quiche, slice of tart, and a bottle of mineral water for two).
  • Large museum with plenty to see. Make sure to get here with ample time to enjoy everything! Friendly staff and easy to find. The museum gift shop has many things to see and purchase as well.
  • I visited the three core museums (Magrette, Fin de Siecle, and old masters). Magritte museum exhibits the work of the famous artist. Few significant work is exhibited, but many of Magritte's very famous work is exhibited elsewhere in the world. It is interesting to see so much of his earlier work and how he evolved as an artist. One thing that made me mad was that they had a "special exhibit" that showed even more significant work by Magritte but I had to pay separately for that. I don't know why they would split the collection and as a visitor, I felt like I was deceived when I thought I bought a ticket that covered everything. Fin de Siecle had some significant impressionist items that would have attracted many visitors elsewhere, but really had very few visitors around. The old masters section featured some pieces such as Rembrandt, and Peter Bruegel the elder and had some very memorable pieces. It took about 3 hrs to visit them all with relatively fast walk-through, stopping by at some of the significant works.
  • Great place for all art lovers! it has to be on everyone's bucket list and has a wonderful collection of art.
  • Fantastic range of paintings from 1500 to today. My favourite is the "Fin de Siecle" museum from the period when Belgium had the second gdp after the US. Just great

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