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Museums in Brussels

Want to visit a great museum? Discover the top 20 museums in Brussels

Besides historical monuments, idyllic parks and countless beautiful sights, our Belgian capital, Brussels, is bursting with extraordinary museums. Brussels has more than 80 small and large museums.

If you are planning a city trip, it’s important to decide in advance the most beautiful and impressive museums not to be missed. Here’s a list of the 20 best museums in Brussels that you must see:

  1. Museum of Natural Sciences (Natural History Museum, Dino Museum, Nature Museum)
  2. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (Museum of Fine Arts)
  3. Royal Museum of the Army and Military History (Army Museum, Military Museum, Aircraft Museum)
  4. Royal Museum for Central Africa (Africa Museum)
  5. Belgian Comic Strip Centre (Comic Strip Museum)
  6. Magritte Museum
  7. Autoworld (Automobile museum)
  8. The MIM (Musical Instrument Museum, Music Museum)
  9. Jewish Museum of Belgium (Jewish Museum)
  10. The Toy Museum
  11. ADAM – Brussels Design Museum (Designmuseum)
  12. The Children’s Museum
  13. Museum of Urban Transport (Tram Museum)
  14. Museum of Costume and Lace (Fashion Museum)
  15. Museum of Art & History (Egyptian Museum, Cinquantenaire Museum)
  16. Museum of the City of Brussels
  17. The Oldmasters Museum
  18. Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR, PSK)
  19. BELvue museum
  20. Train World (train museum)

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Museum Pass: Best museum pass in the country

The museum pass is the best way to visit museums in the country. You get a year’s admission to all participating Belgian museums. That means you can go whenever you want and as often as you want.

Discover museum collections
With your museum pass, you can visit the permanent exhibitions of more than 220 museums for free.

Temporary exhibitions
You can visit temporary exhibitions for free or at a good discount.

Enjoy extra benefits
You’ll benefit from half-price train tickets, discounts in museum shops and lots of other gifts exclusively for museum pass subscribers.

Receive news about the best museums
Every fortnight you’ll receive news in your mailbox, about not-to-be-missed exhibitions and the latest museum discoveries.

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Museum Pass: Free admission to 220+ museums in Belgium

The pass offers free entry to more than 220 museums all over Belgium. Here are just a few: Strawberry Museum, Ten Duinen Abbey Museum, Stavelot Abbey, Adornes Domain, AfricaMuseum, Andenne Museum, Apothecary Museum, Aquarium-Museum of Liège, Arboretum Kalmthout, Archeoforum of Liège, Archaeology Museum of Tournai (closed for renovation), Archaeological Museum of Arlon, Archives and Museum of Flemish Life in Brussels, Arentshuis, ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, art et marges museum, ArtHouse (closed due to water damage), Artotheekmuseum, Atlantikwall Raversyde, Autoworld Brussels, Bakery Museum (temporarily closed due to renovation works), BAM (Mons Fine Arts) (closed due to renovation works), Beguinage Museum, Belfry, Belgian Museum of Freemasonry (closed due to renovation works), Belgian Comic Strip Museum, Belle Epoque Centre, BELvue museum, Bois-du-Luc. Museum of Mining and Sustainable Development, “Forest and Water Museum “”P. Noé”, Botanique, BOZAR, Palace of Fine Arts, BPS22 Museum of Art of the Province of Hainaut, Brel Foundation, Brugse Vrije, CENTRALE for contemporary art, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée (closed due to works until September 2023), Charlier Museum, CID – Centre for Innovation and Design of Grand-Hornu, Citadel of Namur – Terra Nova Visitor Centre, CIVA, C-mine, Coudenberg Palace, Design Museum Brussels, Design Museum Gent (closed due to renovation), The World of Kina, DIVA, museum of diamonds, jewellery and silver, Domain of the Castle of Seneffe, Dru!f, house of the table grape, Durbuy History & Art Museum (DHAM), Ecomuseum of the Viroin, Eperon d’Or, Erasmus House & Beguinage, Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience – Nottebohmzaal, FAM, Félicien Rops Museum (closed due to renovation works – reopening 15/05), FeliXart Museum, Folklore Museum , FOMU – Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Fondation A Stichting, Fondation CAB, Fotografiemuseum, Gallo-Roman Museum, GardeRobe MannekenPis, Gaspar Museum, Gasthuismuseum Geel, Medicine Museum, Gezelle House, GlazenHuis, Groeninge Museum, Gruuthusemuseum, GUM – Ghent University Museum, Hallepoort, Hergé Museum, The Autrique House, The Belfry of Mons, The Doudou Museum, The Gallo-Roman Aat Museum, The Gaume Museum, The Van Gogh House, The James Ensor House, The Listernest: Streuvels House & Writers’ Residence, The Maison de l’Imprimerie, “The Museum of “”Small Format””, The Giant’s House (temporarily closed due to renovation – reopening summer 2023), The Snijders&Rockox House, Het Stadsmus Hasselt, Het Steen – The Antwerp Story, Hop Museum Poperinge, Horta Museum, Hospital Our Lady with the Rose, House of Alijn, House of the Belgian-French Resistance, IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art, iMAL, Industry Museum, In Flanders Fields Museum, International Museum of Carnival and the Mask, Jakob Smits Museum (closed due to renovation), Gin Museum, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Kanal – Centre Pompidou, Lace Museum Bruges, Cart Museum, Kazerne Dossin, KBR Museum, Keramis, Centre of Ceramics, Church Treasures of St Catherine, KOERS. Museum of Cycling, Royal Museum of the Army and Military History, Royal Museum of Mariemont, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), Kunsthal Extra City, LABIOMISTA, La Boverie , La Fonderie. Brussels Museum of Labour and Industry, La Wittockiana, Le Bois du Cazier, Le Delta, Le Grand Curtius, Le Pavillon (closed due to works – reopening 1 July 2023), Letterenhuis (temporarily closed), Lintweverijmusem van Komen, Maagdenhuis, MACS – Museum of Contemporary Arts of Grand-Hornu, Maison du patrimoine médiéval mosan, Maison Losseau, Malagne – Archéoparc de Rochefort , Marthe Donas museum (MiMDo), MAS, Megalith House, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, M HKA, Middelheim Museum, Migration MuseumMigration, MIMA – Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art, MIM – Musical Instrument Museum , M Leuven, Mode & Lace Museum, Fashion Museum Antwerp – MoMu, Fashion Museum Hasselt, MoMuse – Municipal Museum of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Mons Memorial Museum, MOU – Museum Oudenaarde, mudel. Museum of Deinze and the Leie region, MUMONS, Mundaneum, Musea van de Kuurstad, Musée des arts de la Marionnette, Musée du Malgré-Tout, Musée L, Museum44 Meensel-Kiezegem, Museum aan de Ijzer, Museum den AST, Museum De Reede, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Museum Dr. Guislain, Museum and Gardens of Buuren, Museum Hof van Busleyden, Museum Art & History, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Museum of the National Bank of Belgium, Museum of the City of Brussels – Breadhouse, Museum of Walloon Life, Museum Vieille Montagne, Museum Vleeshuis, Museum of Military History, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK), Museum of Fine Arts Tournai, Museum of Spontaneous Art, Mu.ZEE, Kunstmuseum aan Zee, NAM-IP Computer Museum, National Museum of Playing Cards, National Tobacco Museum, Natural History Museum and Vivarium , NAVIGO-National Fisheries Museum (closed due to renovation), O.L.V.Church Museum, O.L.V. ter Potterie, Open-Air Museum Bokrijk, PARCUM, Museum of Religious Art and Culture, Paul Delvaux Museum, Permekemuseum (Closed due to renovation), Piconrue – Musée de la Grande Ardenne, Planetarium Brussels, Botanical Garden Meise, Plugstreet 14-18 experience, Pottery Museum Raeren, Prehisto Museum, Red Star Line Museum, Regional Archaeological Museum, René Magritte Museum & Museum of Abstract Art , Riolenmuseum, Roger Raveel Museum, Roman Archaeological Museum Oudenburg (closed due to renovation), Rubens House (closed due to renovation), Silex’s, Saint John’s Hospital (temporarily closed), Saint John’s House Mill, Saint Peter’s Abbey Ghent, S.M.A.K., Toy Museum Mechelen, City Hall Bruges, City Museum Eupen, City Museum Lier, STAM – City Museum Ghent, SteM Sint-Niklaas – Mercator Museum Department (temporarily closed due to renovation), SteM Sint-Niklaas – SteM Zwijgershoek Department, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Folon Foundation, Suske en Wiske Museum, Talbot House, TAMAT, Museum of Tapestries and Textile Arts of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Taxandria Museum, Texture, Museum of Flax and Textiles, TreM.a – Museum of Ancient Arts, Trinkhall museum, Volkskundemuseum, WaterHouse (closed due to water damage), Wellington Museum , Westfront Nieuwpoort, Scientific Culture Centre – ULB, WIELS Centre for Contemporary Art, Yper Museum, Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture.

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Museum Pass: Visit exhibitions for free or with a good discount

With the Museum Pass, you can also visit temporary exhibitions for free or with a good discount. Some examples of exhibitions or expos participating in 14 April 2023: Nocturne 27/04/2023, Temporary exhibitions, Baroque Influencers. Jesuits, Rubens and the Art of Persuasion, L’événement d’être là – Des lieux pour exister #2, Un art de vivre – Michel Petiniot at the Trinkhall museum, Beastly photo expo Heritage Day, Annual grape exhibition, See and know Brussels: A journey through time with the paintings of Alfons Draelants, The Hand of Antwerp, Sculpteurs d “avant-garde… au 16e siècle, Louis Leloup – crystal opera, Temporary exhibition Smokebility, Permanent expo ‘DIVA, a Brilliant Story’, Brognon Rollin – The Land and the Unfolded Map, En regard, La Cambre – When words become form, Expo: 200 years of Guffens, Mercator Lecture: Replica of Mercator’s terrestrial globe (1541), Mercator Lecture: The Depression of Moerbeke, Mercator Lecture: Crime in Map, Mercator Lecture: Roman freighters on the Mediterranean, Malpertuus Castle, NAFT arts festival, Easter in Bokrijk, The cherry blossoms, Permanent collection, Butterfly puppet show, Public art Platform Europalia Georgia, Karlo Kacharava Europalia Georgia, Jan Van Imschoot The End Is Never Near, Family Matters, Baroque in Florence, Pictoresque. Un voyage lithographique et intimiste en Haute Meuse, melanie bonajo – When the body says Yes, Grace Ndiritu Reimagines the FOMU Collection, Susan Meiselas – Mediations, Haegue Yang Several Reenactments, Exhibition: Blue Gold, Silent City, Je gelooft het nooit | Collection presentation, Chantal Akerman, Marianne Berenhaut, Sarah Kaliski, Julia Pirotte – ‘Four Sisters’, Krasse koppen, Expo | War in animation, Tom Bogaert VENDELZWAAIER – FLAGGENWERFER, Merle Vorwald – DAUERGLOSS, Henrike Naumann – WESTALGIE, Draw for change ! Empowering women, one laugh at a time, ODYSSEE to the origins of Blake and Mortimer, Judith Vanistendael. Moving good, Merci Facteur ! Mail art #5 | (Grand) Poste liégeoise, Jean-Pierre Ransonnet | l’ lieux et liens (1972-1980), Jean-Pierre Point | il y a quelque chose de beau dans les objets qui nous entourent, Stayin’ Alive | Discover the Collections, The Pilgrim. Art and Meaning in a Disenchanted World (1924-1931), A Topological Boulevard. Sharon Van Overmeiren chooses | Museum Plantin-Moretus a guest at KMSKA, Shadow Plants highlighted, 90’s, Translucent Mummies, Man Ray and fashion, Geometrically Wired. IO Van Oostveldt between clothing and art, Mommies and Transparence – Translucent Mummies, ORDURES, the exhibition that sorts, Private Views, Futuro Gentile – An amiable future, In image born | Theme exhibition, Save an UiTPAS point at the Belle Epoque Centre Blankenberge! Discover Woning Van Wassenhove with a combi ticket, Flower power in the Gallery, Expo: Kubin meets Ensor, Rembrandt – Photographer avant la lettre, Coastal panorama, EXPO | Underwater. Heritage in the North Sea, “””The Navy Under the First Empire””, Danai Anesiadou: D POSSESSIONS, Cosmorama. Ives Maes, The Making Of. KMSKA from concept to execution, Ornamentum: Artist’s Jewellery | Collection Diane Venet, La Terre en héritage : du Néolithique à nous, Moroccan Women – Between Ethics and Aesthetics, Jo Struyven and Luc Tuymans – ‘236, Histoires d’un convoi de déportés’, Art Nouveau and comics, Het Erf – Collection presentation Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Renée Demeester, abstract landscapes, JOSEF HOFFMANN. Beyond Beauty and Modernity, Expo Enzo Mari – curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli, Gays and lesbians in Nazi Europe, Guy Rombouts Oei, Rose Wylie picky people notice…,,, Broodthaerskabinet, Marc De Cock: An imaginary portrait in works of art From the Matthys-Colle & S.M.A.K. Collection, Bastiaan van Aarle : Moving Mountains, Shezad Dawood: Night in the Garden of Love, Obolensky’s Channel, Expo: Bags: inside out. The bag inside out, Zéphir Busine. Designer, Expedition Egypt, The Army Museum, Museum of Natural History and Vivarium, Folklore Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Nuit américaine, Design-A-Book, Cycling through the belle époque, Local Heroes, Family Expo “Anyone at home?”, Outright Stubble, Victor Horta vs Art nouveau. Horta’s vocabulary, BURN, Birds, Fossils & fiction, Exhibition Belle Epoque Treasures: Cycling through the belle époque, Hidden Pearls. Seven centuries of masterpieces from Mechelen, Great people I knew when I was little, Egypt. Eternal Passion, MSK 225!, Sneaker Gold, Pieter Pourbus. Master of Maps, Swedish Ecstasy, Michel François, Cerise, Lulu and Nelson, The World of Childhood according to Aurélie Neyret, The James Ensor House, A Look at the Collection, Friends in a Field: Conversations with Raoul De Keyser, Beguinage Museum Turnhout, Grace Ndiritu Healing The Museum, Visitor Centre : Léon Losseau, Maria Lactans | Collection Presentation, “The “”Tupperware” of Bruegel, Aertsen & Co.”, On the Road with Saint-Veroon, Theodoor Rombouts, Group visits at DIVA, Elia Li Gioi: “From pain to hope”, Permanent Exhibition: Kazerne Dossin, Mémoires coloniales au coeur du Hainaut, Individual visit for the blind and visually impaired to the expo Listen, New room on the restoration of Victor Horta’s studio flat, Interactive children’s audio tour ‘Bert tells’ | 8-12 years, Children’s trail ‘On a treasure hunt with Norrie the abbey mouse’ | 6-10 years, Phallus. Norm & Form, C-mine expedition – Experience the mine in a new way!, Toy museum Mechelen, Three centuries of graphic industry, About people and machines, The tourist train – Citadel of Namur, Permanent exhibition, ‘The story of Ghent’, The heart of the abbey, Stories from underground. Bruges in the year 1000., Everything of value, Freight, Listen, Magical Theatres, Kazerne Dossin: Guided Memorial Tour, Hallepoort, Snijders&Rockoxhuis, a surprising museum in the heart of Antwerp, Parcours Museum for families, Parcours schapenwolkje, Visit Plantentuin, Mu.ZEE Oostende and its collection, Collection presentation – Fashion from the MoMu collection, Audioguide In Flanders Fields Museum children’s trail, Antwerp à la carte, The Insect Lab, Roman Archaeological Museum, belgian design belge, Pretpakket, A house of people, Duchess plays hide and seek! Fondation Jacques Brel, Belgian Museum of Freemasonry, the Plastic Design Collection, Collection permanente, Family trail Eperon d’Or, Tournai, territoire textile, 100% Textiles, GUM – Forum for Science, Doubt and Art, House of Alijn – Museum of everyday life, Zee in Zicht, KBR museum, Museum of Fine Arts (MSK), Bewogen | Collection presentation, Take your time | Collection presentation, Virtual tour in the MAS, Virtual Tour Autrique House, Museums of the spa town, Between Heaven and Earth – Experience ‘The Last Supper’ by Bouts, Museum aan de Ijzer, War – Occupation – Liberation, argos centre for audiovisual arts, SMAK – Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Visit city museum Lier, All for form | Collection presentation, KOERS – Museum of Cycling, Visit Eperon d’Or, Saint Peter’s Abbey, Susketwiet You can hear me, but you can’t see me, Terra Nova Visitor Centre – Citadel of Namur, Plugstreet 14-18, WaterHouse, ArtHouse, Family reunion at the Snijders&Rockox House, Mu.ZEE (combi), Stavelot Abbey, St John’s Hospital, Visit Texture, museum of flax and textiles, House of Printing, Hergé Museum, St John’s House Mill, Folon Foundation Museum, St Catherine’s Church Treasures, The Old Crafts (permanent exhibition), Maison Van Gogh, Silex’s, Mons Memorial Museum, The Doudou Museum, Mons Belfry, BAM, Aquarium Museum, Museum Vleeshuis, Botanical Garden Meise, Gin Museum, Museum of Spontaneous Art, Wellington Museum, Royal Museum of Mariemont, Museum of Contemporary Arts of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (MACs), Museum of Small Format, Pottery Museum, Prehisto Museum, CID – Centre d’innovation et de design, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée, Museum of Walloon Life, Strawberry Museum, TreM.a – Musée des Arts anciens du Namurois, Museum Félicien Rops, International Museum of the Carnival and the Mask, Gaspar Museum, Piconrue – Museum of the Great Ardennes, Museum of Malgré-Tout, Photography Museum, Maison du patrimoine médiéval mosan, Keramis, Hospital Notre-Dame à la Rose, Domain of the Castle of Seneffe, The Bois du Cazier, Archaeoforum of Liège, Yper Museum, Expo: ‘Skyline. High-rise buildings in the Low Countries’, Museum of the National Bank of Belgium, Beguinage Museum Turnhout, The Collection of the M HKA, GardeRobe MannekenPis, Access to the Comic Strip Museum (permanent and temporary exhibitions) and the reading room, Riolen Museum, Exhibition at Wiels, Museum Art & History – Permanent Collections, Taxandria Museum, National Museum of the Playing Card, National Tobacco Museum, Harten vijf, Maagdenhuis: Permanent Collection, Bokrijk, Red Star Line Museum, MAS | Museum aan de Stroom: Building and panorama, MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, MOU – Museum of Oudenaarde and the Flemish Ardennes, Het Stadsmus, Groeninge Museum, Apothecary Museum, Mechelen Toy Museum – for children, Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Museum of the City of Brussels – Breadhouse, Medicine Museum, René Magritte Museum, Brussels Museum of Labour and Industry – La Fonderie, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Folk Museum, O.L.V.-Church Museum, Bruges Town Hall, MIM – Musical Instrument Museum (KMKG), Brugse Vrije, Autoworld, Roger Raveel Museum, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Charlier Museum, O.L.V ter Potterie, Belfort, In Flanders Fields Museum, Gruuthusemuseum, Permekemuseum, Gasthuismuseum Geel, Rubenshuis, Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prentenkabinet.

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