There's more to visiting Brussels than digging into a giant bowl of mussels with fries on the side. Discover its art and culture.
Despite its rough history, Brussels is a great destination for art lovers. Whether you're interested in art history, architecture, oriental art, or royal art collections, Brussels' art scene is bustling with many venues that every traveller can enjoy.
Musees Royaux des Beauz Arts de Belgique
This one of Brussels' architectural treasures, built in 1887 as an example of Beaux-Arts architecture. The museum offers over 20,000 artistic works, many from Flemish painters, and consists of four museums: the Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Constantin Meunier Museum, and the Antoine Wiertz Museum.
Also known as Belgian Museums of Fine Arts holds the world’s richest collection devoted to the Belgian surrealist artist. The Magritte Museum offers knowledge about artists and houses a research centre that allows access to archives on the life and work of painters.
Oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects, as well as advertising posters, musical scores, vintage photographs and films shot by Magritte himself is waiting to be seen. For more information go to http://www.musee-magritte-museum.be
. Rue de la Régence 3 or Place royale 1-2.
The Jewish Museum of Belgium
This museum permanently exhibits a number of items, documents and books relating to the Jewish religion and traditions throughout the world. Art is also prominently displayed, and the permanent display "Trésors de la Vie juive" exhibits the synagogue, celebrations and rites of passage.
For more information see http://www.new.mjb-jmb.org
. Rue des Minimes 21. Open from 10.00 to 17.00 Tuesday to Sunday. Permanent exhibitions are €5 and Temporary exhibitions are €8.
Rue de la Bourse archeological site
At the foot of the stock exchange building stands a small archeological site, in the middle of Brussels and it shows the remains of the Convent of Franciscan order erected in Brussels as early as 1238. The tomb of the Duke Jean I of Brabant can be seen in the convent, and the foundations show an unknown side of Brussels history. The address is Rue de la Bourse.
The BELvue Museum
The BELvue Museum reveals a particularly fascinating history of Belgium. Remarkable film fragments, striking pictures and numerous period documents guides visitors through more than a century of stirring Belgian history. More information is at http://www.belvue.be/BELvue/
. Plaleizenplein 7 Place des Palais.
Open from Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 to 17.00, weekends 10.00 to 18.00. (Monday reserved for groups only). Normal price is €5.