Thursday, 19 November 2015

Travel Diaries: Brussels' Best Museums

During my short stay in Brussels, Belgium, I managed to visit quite a few museums! On a rainy day, museums are a great way to spend some time exploring a foreign city. Today I thought I'd run you through my favourite museums in Brussels, and these are all within walking distance of Grand Place!

Belgian Comic Strip Center
Rue des Sables 20 / Zandstraat 20
1000 Bruxelles / Brussel
Admission: Adults: € 10,00
Seniors 65+: €8.00
12-25 years: €6.50
Under 12: €3.50

While I might not be the biggest comic strip lover, I definitely did appreciate this museum. The exhibition is quite large, so give yourself at least 2 hours to walk through it and really take everything in. You could easily spend hours and hours reading all of the displayed comics! 

Belgian Comic Strip Center

Museum of Costume and Lace 
Rue de la Violette 6-12 / Violetstraat 6-12
1000 Bruxelles / Brussel
Free admission on the first Sunday of every month
Admission: Individual adult: € 4
Over-65s, students, groups (min. 12 p.): € 3
Under 18 years: € 2 on weekdays, free at the weekend
Under 6 years: Free

The Museum of Costume and Lace really took me by surprise! I quite enjoyed walking through the exhibition of elegant dresses and learning about different fabrics. Pictured below is a beautiful modern crinoline piece by Olivier Theyskens.
Museum of Costume and Lace Brussels

Musical Instruments Museum 
Rue Montagne de la Cour 2 / Hofberg 22
1000 Bruxelles / Brussel
Free entry every first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m
Admission: €8 (26-64), €6 (65+), €2 (4-18, disabled, unemployed)

The MIM was a really cool, interactive museum. Upon entry, everyone is given a pair of headphones. Throughout the museum, there are marked spots where you can stand and hear the music of the displayed instrument. I thought that this was a genius way to allow visitors to really learn about the instruments, without bothering other guests! Pictured below is my favourite instrument in the museum, a harpsichord made by Joannes Couchet from Antwerp in 1646.

Musical Instruments Museum Brussels

City of Brussels Museums (Maison du Roi)
Grand-Place / Grote Markt, 1000 Bruxelles / Brussel
Free entry the first Sunday of the month
Admission: Adults: € 4,00 (As of December 10, 2015: € 8,00)
Senior citizens: € 3,00 (As of December 10, 2015: € 6,00)
Students: € 3,00 (As of December 10, 2015: € 4,00)
Children 6 > 18 year: € 2,00 (As of December 10, 2015: free)

If you have any interest at all in Manneken Pis, then you need to stop by this museum. On the second floor, there are 100 Manneken Pis statues, all wearing different costumes! Each month the costumes are rotated, because this little guy actually has a wardrobe of over 800 costumes! Dylan and I had a good laugh walking through this exhibition - it was definitely the most unique museum I've ever been in! We also watched a short film all about Manneken Pis, and his history in Brussels. 

City of Brussels Museums (Maison du Roi)

Choco Story Brussels
Rue de la TĂȘte d'Or 9-11 / Guldenhoofdstraat 9-11, 1000 Bruxelles / Brussel
Admission: • Adults: € 6 • Students, pensioners: € 5 • Children over 6 years: € 3.50 • Children under 6 years accompanied by an adult: free

If you have a sweet tooth like myself, then Choco Story is a must-do! First, you'll walk through the small museum, learning about the history of chocolate, and sampling chocolates along the way! Next, you'll see a live demonstration, and learn even more about chocolate. There will be more tastings (there was even a vegan chocolate offering!), and I'm sure you'll leave a happy camper!

 Choco Story Brussels

Museum of Original Figurines (MOOF)
Rue marché aux herbes 116 / Grasmarkt 116, 1000 Bruxelles / Brussel
Admission: Adults €10, Students, Seniors, and 10-18: €6

Dylan and I had a lot of fun walking through this museum, learning about different characters, comics, etc. There are a lot of photo ops, so you will definitely come away with a few hilarious pictures. This museum would be great for kids, but adults will love it too (we sure did!). 

Museum of Original Figurines

And these were just a few of the many museums in Brussels! I absolutely loved that these were all within walking distance of each other, meaning that you don't have to spend time or money on transportation! I'm normally not a huge museum-goer, but I'm glad that I checked out these museums on a rainy day in Brussels. 

Which of these museums do you think you'd enjoy the most?

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  1. There is a cartoon museum in San Francisco and I was surprised at how fun it was to walk through. That costume museum looks amazing!

    1. Ooh that does sound fun!
      You would have loved the costume museum, so many beautiful dresses!


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