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BRUSSELS MUSEUMS - MUSEUM OF BRUSSELS BELGIUM

Brussels Museum BelgiumBrussels Museums - Brussels has loads of museums and where to begin? What are the best museums to see - much depends on your interests but here in Brussels you'll find something to suit every taste. For starters – how about the splendid Musees Royaux des Beaux- Arts Museum – located right near Parc De Bruxelles. This museum sports surreal & old masterpieces you won’t want to miss.

The museum is divided into two sections: the Musee d'Art Ancient and the Musee d’Art Moderne and it has two entrances: at Place Royale I and Rue de la Regence. If you desire to see the artworks in chronological order, you’ll want to enter at the Rue de la Regence entrance. The museum is stocked full over old masterpieces and some striking surreal modern day masterpieces – some artist works are of Pleter Breugel the Elder, Rubens and the Belgian Surrealists. I saw some artwork from some very famous artists such as the Spanish artist- Dalga – he has some extraordinary surreal art – all his paintings appear to be in another “dimension.”

Another name you might recognize is Renee Magritte – some quite interesting surrealist pieces of his artwork here. The museum is huge, so plan several hours to stroll through all floors and works of art – believe me, it is worth it if you have a sincere appreciation of art. Check out the extended Gift Shop – some really nice gifts here – many different post cards with artwork and ideas for gifts. Check out the opening hours, it is usually closed on Mondays. Their website is www.fine-arts-museum.be and the Telephone no is 02-508 32 11

Autoworld is a huge collection of vintage cars, including local and international cars - it is an amazing collection and a very different type of museum. There are over 400 cars in it and it is one of the largest display of cars in Europe. It will appeal to kids no end and also to those who are less interested in pure art. It is in the Parc du Cinquantenaire and illustrates the history of motor cars with particular emphasis on those made in Belgium - from horse drawn cars to motorbikes and so on. Parc du Cinquantenaire 11
Tel. : +32 2 736.41.65 www.autoworld.be

Musee des Instruments sports one of the largest collection of music instruments in the world and is located in the impressive old England building. Most of the musical instruments are from the 16th to 18th Centuries. The museum has over 7000 instruments but you will only see about a quarter of them on display at any one time. To help you appreciate the instruments you can listen to some of them through a personal headset as you meander through the museum. Tele: 02-545-01 30
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One of the best known Museums in Brussels is the Comic Strip Center (for more information see Top 10 Attractions. Also in this section can be found information the City Museum of Brussels - the Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles with tapestries, old maps, paintings, and on the third floor some costumes of Manneken Pis. Another Museum listed in the Top 10 Attractions is the Musee des Costumes et Dentelles.

Musee des Sciences Naturalles de Belgique is a Natural History museum famous for its amazing collection of skeletons of ancient dinosaurs from 135 million years ago- all were found in a coal mine in Bernissart – a village close to Mons, in 1878. In addition, right when you enter the museum – there’s a hands-on section that lets you compare your athletic skills with those of different animals that specialize in that skill.Rue Vautier 29 Telephone 02-6274248. It is overlooking Parc Leopold.

This is only a few of the Museums in Brussels. The Lonely Planet Brussels guide book by Logan and Cole gives some examples of lesser known museums.