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Royal Museum for Central Africa

Address: Leuvensesteenweg 13 | Tervuren, Brussels 3080, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 02 769 52 11
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Ranked #52 of 324 things to do in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Museums
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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

this is a gem, just outside of Brussels at the end of a wonderful tram ride... fascinating material about the Congo and it's history, beautiful grounds and gardens allowing a great day out and picnic for all the family. Helped by easy parking, but note that before you reaise it you can be a distance away so take all you... More 

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Ra'anana, Israel
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Just to let you know the museum is temporarily closed until mid-2017. In the meantime they are opening "Pop-up museums" at various locations which you can see on their website.

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the prairie
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68 reviews 68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a fabulous one of a kind museum that I highly recommend. Right now (summer 2014) it is closed for renovations and won't be open for a couple of years. This is one of the largest collections of ethnographic and historic materials from Africa. But it also has some very different kinds of exhibits that really make you think.

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Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Was there a few weeks before they closed for renovation. It was interesting to see the old exhibition with a lot of praise for Belgium's colonial history. It is widely known today that Belgium has a horrible legacy in the DRC, and hopefully the new exhibition will emphasise on that.

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Brussels, Belgium
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69 reviews 69 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

When visiting Tervuren you should visit this museum. Very interesting museum, located in a beautiful park. It's will be worth your time.

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Rockville, md
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Unbelievable to see the size of this palace build just to showcase what Léopold took out of the Congo. The number of artifacts was truly amazing. I'm glad we saw it before the renovation, to see the whole experiences through the eyes of the colonizers. There were a few new signs that were a bit apologetic and I'm sure when... More 

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19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

the giant Elephant and all other exhibits have been moved early December into storage. The museum will be closed for at least 2 years total renovation including a modern annex. Can you wait till 2016 to see their vast collections in a better light and display.............

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Paris, France
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33 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a wonderfully comprehensive collection of art and of flora and of fauna from Central Africa that is housed in a breathtakingly beautiful building that is inspired by the Petit Palais of Paris. However it does show its age; the objects look dusty and are regrettably not properly labelled and some vitrines also not properly lit. It is therefore... More 

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Oak Ridge
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84 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is an important museum if you are interested in Belgian history or African Art. You also want to go as soon as you can as it will be completely closing for the next 3-5 years for a total renovation (thank goodness). I think they do an adequate, if not world class, job on the art and history. The African... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This museum host's the by far biggest collection of central Africa I have ever seen. The buildings are so huge that you can easily get lost if you don't follow the route. The building itself has a feeling of belgium's colonial period. If you're interested in this you will love the place. However it's not all about colonization, African culture,... More 

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