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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

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Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire, 3, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Phone Number: 027377811
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History is the...
The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History is the perfect stop for history and military enthusiasts. Located in the two northernmost halls of the Cinquantenaire Park historic complex, the museum collections comprise more than 10 centuries of military and technology history, ranging from suits of armor, antique firearms and swords to armored vehicles and airplanes. Numerous paintings, sculptures, decorations, and military uniforms bring back to life the military history of this area. Admission is free. Closed on Mondays.
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Belgium may not have a spectacular military history, but this is an interesting (and free) museum full of medieval armor, Napoleonic uniforms, model ships, gargantuan WWI tanks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Rather dusty and old fashioned for the most part but free to enter. The view from the top of the arch is worth the climb and the park around the museum is lovely

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I went to see the tanks, especially the Jumbo Sherman tank. But most of the interesting tanks have been moved to other museums. And what are left are roped off so you can not have a proper look. The museum is looking a bit tired, but it is free to get in and there are some very interesting things to... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Belgium may not have a spectacular military history, but this is an interesting (and free) museum full of medieval armor, Napoleonic uniforms, model ships, gargantuan WWI tanks / cannons, WWII vehicles, and a iron / glass roofed hanger full of fighter jets, helicopters, and bag-of-strings type WWI aircraft. Also, there's a great view from atop the Triumphal Arch of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

For history lovers, this place is great. Takes you back to dark and not so far away times in europe. From the Medivel times to the Modern age. The museum has a wide exibhitions of many weapons and military accessories from many different times.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Just an absurd assemblage of materiel. Even the biggest "war junkie" would reach fatigue in these exhaustive hallways. Modern museum exhibits mingle bizarrely with the detritus of the centuries of war that define the Belgian people. I can't think of anywhere else in the world you'd fine, for example, a decorative display of severed First World War horse hooves or... More 

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Encinitas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

There are countless items in this museum. The first floor isn't laid out in a manner that will allow the viewer to digest everything he/she is seeing. Walking into the first room was quite overwhelming as every inch of the room is covered with interesting items. However, it was difficult to see what descriptors matched with what item, if there... More 

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Tampa, Florida
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Not as much for the different objects as much for the amazing old style layout and the building. It is the best thing to see in this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this vast museum. The air gallery is fantastic and although I didn't visit the WW1 exhibition, the one in WW2 was excellent. Don't miss the climb to the tower and make sure you enjoy the park and surroundings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Nice location and a wide range of airplanes, both military and civilian. We also liked the WW ll exhibition and their collection of tanks and handguns. It is free, but you can make donations, and they will definitely have a good use for it as they have much good stuff there but some are not in good shape yet. Be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a must visit especially if you have kids or you enjoy history. There is an amazing array of weapons, pictures, uniforms and writeups from the 1800 through the world wars to modern times. Don't miss the aviation hall with its world war 2 spitfires through to MIGs, Tornados etc

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Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire, 3, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Phone Number: 027377811
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels

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