Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Brussels.

Musées d'Extrême-Orient

Three attractions in one, the Museums of the Far East comprise the Japanese Tower (actually a pagoda), the Chinese Pavilion, and the Japanese Museum of Art. The pagoda is particuarly attractive as it is surrounded by elegantly formal Japanese gardens.


The BELvue Museum covers the history of Belgium from its creation in 1830 to the present day. The story is told in photos, documents, film archives and bric-a-brac, including a collection of objects formerly owned by King Baudouin I. Before it...  Read More

Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat

One street from the Grand Place, the Cocoa and Chocolate Museum in the historic Valk mansion (it is also a former brewery), pays homage to another of those things the Belgians do best: creating world beating pralines. In addition to exhibits...  Read More

Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze

The Brussels Museum of the Gueuze is very much a working establishment, since it is also the Cantillon brewery. Cantillon are the last brewers to make their beer in the traditional Brussels style: fermented not by the addition of yeast, but by...  Read More

Musée de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique

This family-friendly museum explores the natural world from prehistoric to modern times. The collection encompasses fifteen thematic sections, allowing visitors to stick to the topics that most interest them. Delicate seashells, a marine tank,...  Read More

Le Cinquantenaire

For Belgium's golden jubilee in 1880, Leopold II built this park to showcase the country's finest arts and crafts. Today, its massive buildings house three city museums: Autoworld, the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History, and the Royal...  Read More

Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale

Originally, the Royal Museum of Central Africa chronicled Leopold II's private holdings and colonial ventures in the Belgian Congo. Today, the region is known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the museum broadly instructs visitors about...  Read More

Musée des Brasseurs Belges

The Confederation of Belgian Breweries owns and operates this small museum, which is the last of the original Grand-Place guild houses still owned by the guild. Included in the collection are holdings that demonstrate both modern and ancient...  Read More

Musée Horta

Native son Victor Horta developed Art Nouveau style, which is arguably Belgium's most influential aesthetic movement. Inspired by English Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau is characterized by flowing, organic shapes that show underlying structure but...  Read More

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