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The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (Dutch: Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, French: Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique), is one of the most famous museums in Belgium. It is located in Brussels in the downtown area on the Coudenberg. There are four museums linked with the Royal Museum, and two of them (the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Brussels), are in the main building. The other two (the Museum Constantin Meunier and the Antoine Wiertz Museum) are dedicated to specific Belgian artists, are much smaller, and are situated at different points in the city.

The Royal Museum contains over 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings, which date from the early 15th century to the present. The museum has an extensive collection of Flemish painting, among them paintings by Bruegel and Rogier van der Weyden, Robert Campin (the Master of Flémalle), Anthony van Dyck, and Jacob Jordaens. The Museum also houses the famous painting The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David.

For more information regarding the Universeum please contact Rue du Musée 9, 1000 Bruxelles, Tel.: 32.(0)2 508 32 11, E-mail:

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is a music museum in central Brussels, Belgium. It is part of the Royal Museums for Art and History and internationally renowned for its collection of over 1,500 musical instruments. The museum's collection represents Belgian musical history (including Brussels' importance in the making of recorders in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and as the home of instrument inventor Adolphe Sax in the nineteenth century), European musical traditions, and non-European instruments. Mechanical instruments are shown in the basement, traditional instruments on the ground floor, the development of the modern orchestral instruments on the first floor, and keyboard and stringed instruments on the second floor.

Visitors are given infrared headphones in order to listen to almost 200 musical extracts of the instruments on display. Located at Rue Montagne de la Cour 2 on the Mont des Arts, the museum sits next to Place Royale and in front of the Magritte Museum.

For more information and enquiries please contact Musical Instrument Museum, Hofberg 2 Montagne de la Cour, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium), tel. +32 2 545 01 30.

Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum
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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History (or simply the Royal Military Museum RRM) is a museum that occupies the two northernmost halls of the historic complex in Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels. It originally consisted of a set of objects collected by the officer Louis Leconte numbering around 900 pieces and the collection was later substantially enriched by legacies, gifts and exchanges.

Today, it is possible to find collections of uniforms, weapons, vehicles and military equipment of all ages and all countries.

The north wing built by Gideon Bordiau is occupied by the aviation hall since 1972 when the Air and Space is inaugurated.

The collection set includes various types of aircraft for some dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century. The collection as a whole is one of the largest in the world.

For more information and enquiries please contact Royal Museum of the Army and Military History, Parc du Cinquantenaire 3, 1000 Brussels, Tel: 02/ 737 78 09, E-mail:

Entrance to the northern Bordiau hall

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
Entrance to the northern Bordiau hall, hosting the permanent aviation exhibition
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