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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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We actually traveled in March 2012 but it won't let me go back that far. This was a great museum with lots of information. I liked it a lot and thought the display of planes was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We actually traveled in March 2012 but it won't let me go back that far. This was a great museum with lots of information. I liked it a lot and thought the display of planes was very cool.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It's an interesting place where you can see real historical weapons. Or you can visit the airplanes that sum up the history of the last century.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

As a Cold War historian and aviation enthusiast I was bound to like this place, but was still impressed by how good the aircraft hall was - very well set out and lots of different things. Original WW1 aircraft were nice to see, a change to the usual replicas. The rest of the museum was interesting too, I particularly liked... More 

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antibard
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Pretty good for Belgium. It's be nice to have more interactive exhibits for kids and quite a few things were not working properly, but the Aircraft part of the museum is stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We didn't plan on visiting this museum but since we were close we decided to go for it. It's free and it's absolutely huge.IT'S situated in Parc Cinquantenaire. I'm not a fan of military history and my husband liked it much more than I did but even I had to admit it's quite something. There are armours, guns, swords, uniforms,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Extensive collection of planes/helicopters in a large hanger with a great selection from all over Europe. The museum is free whats a rarity in Brussels. Make sure you pick yourself up an audio guide as you will find most of the descriptions will be in German/french. The tank courtyard is currently being revamped and wont be open until 2016 what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Military Precision is what you might expect from an army museum, but you wont find it here. Opening on holidays is 10am, not 9 am as advertised (though they did pin a notice to that effect after turning us away at 9 am). But then at 10 am, the staff hadn't arrived... and did not do so for another fifteen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

There was so much to see, we could not do it justice in just one day. The audio guide was very helpful by guiding us through each exhibit. The aviation wing was very nice and again the audio guide was most helpful. Learned a great deal about the history of Belgium and its struggle for independence. The Sky Café had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It's surprising to find a museum in Brussels which has free entrance. This one will satisfy anyone who's interested in all things military. There's an aviation museum next door which is also free and has an extensive collection of planes. If you want to climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe you need to access it through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Great military museum with a range of exhibits, but while we saw lots of uniforms and planes, various parts were not open, including the tanks, small arms development and Second World War areas. I have given 5 stars as it is free, and what we didn't see this time is just an added incentive to come back again! There is... More 

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