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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark, Brussels 1000, Belgium
027377811
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Ranked #9 of 217 Attractions in Brussels
Type: Military Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Reading the reviews I expected great things of the 14-18 exhibit, but it was let down by rude staff and weak English language support. The 39-45 section was closed. 14-18 is definitely worth a visit, very well designed and thought provoking exhibition. Don't be put off by staff and poor state of older exhibits, ask for an English language guide,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The museum is free, and it's near the "Parc du Cinquantenaire". There are lots of antique uniforms, guns, and stuffs related to the military events that took place in Belgium, and even outside Belgium, related to the country's history. Unfortunately there is no texts in English inside the museum. Even though, it's an amazing place to visit.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Great collection of military weapons and uniforms of various countries and era, from the Belgian Revolution to WW2. Military buffs can easily spend few hours exploring the exhibits. It's located at the Cinquantenaire Park and directly opposite the Autoworld.

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

lovely restored machines even if you are not a petrol head. Take a pleasant afternoon to stroll around the aviation hall

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had decided that we wanted to see Belgium's Arc de Triomphe at the Parc du Cinquantaire, however once there the skies darkened and we were treated to a thunderstorm so we sought refuge in the Military Museum and were surprised to discover that there was free entry. We actually spent a couple of hours here wandering through the exhibitions... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Take the metro out to the Euroland HQ (Schuman) and walk (uphill - signage is typically appalling) or to Merode (closer fro those with an aversion to grass or in wet weather)across the park to this spawling museum which is essentially in three parts: Great War exhibition followed by WW2 and beyond; what came before with some emphasis on Belgian... More

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Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A must visit place if you are even slightly interested in history. So much to see. From uniforms to planes. So much detail. Make sure you make the time to visit and don`t just go in to have a look but spend a couple of hours and you surely won`t be disappointed. The is even a snack bar where one... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Really wanted to go up the Belgian Arc de Triomphe to see the city from above which you can do by entering the military museum. The views are great, but the free exhibitions in the museum are awesome! A treat for all military/history boffins or kids of all ages. We only had 40min which was NOT enough to discover it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

The Military & Automotive museums are superb. Crammed full of interesting stuff - uniforms, swords, tanks, planes, motor bikes, vintage & modern cars etc, etc. It's the ultimate boys day out and in fascinating buildings - try to get up to the roof terrace of the triumphal arch. Good enough to warrant the trip to Brussels on it's own.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If you have even a slight interest in WWII, wartime history, or airplanes, this is a must-see attraction in Brussels. The sheer volume of artifacts from each participating country is impressive and, as an aviation enthusiast, the collection of aircraft in all conditions of preservation offered a very unique perspective on WWII aircraft. For auto fans, there is a HUGE... More

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