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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts)

Place Royale 3, Brussels 1000, Belgium
32 2 508 32 11
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Ranked #25 of 204 attractions in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Considered one of Brussels' greatest museums, it houses an extensive collection of works from the Flemish School, featuring a number of masterpieces... more » Owner description: Considered one of Brussels' greatest museums, it houses an extensive collection of works from the Flemish School, featuring a number of masterpieces by Peter Bruegel. « less
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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I found the collections here quite solid. The highlight for me was a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch. I was a bit disappointed with the Magritte Museum, but that may simply over-exposure that provided no surprises for me. The Dutch Surrealism exhibition at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht trumped the whole of the Magritte Museum in my opinion. Also, the ticketing... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We like early Flemish/Dutch art, so this museum has many nice paintings that span the 15th-17th century and this is what we focused our visit on.

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Mon, India
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

It seems that nothing really compares to the fine art museums in London. The quality of this Royal Museum was surprisingly disappointing. I paid 3Euro for an all-access ticket (youth). Terrible value. There was seemingly vast variety of artworks with several galleries on offer but in actuality, the artworks were very limited and of low quality. Best was probably the... More

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Guildford
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We foolishly trekked here from the Grand Place one day, we recommend getting the metro the whole way! The Museum is pretty large and covers a wide range of items from Belgian, Roman, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese and even South American and Pacific. However, the quality and layout of these exhibits varied wildly. The Belgian and local items were laid out... More

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Budapest
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

It is a neat museum, does not rival the big ones in Paris, London or New York, but does not try to. If you like fine art and you have a couple of hours, make sure you visit this place. The admission price is reasonable, there is a nice selection of paintings in the old masters section. We are not... More

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A must if you’re an art fan as this museum features Rembrandt and Rueben’s works. Leave a few hours to ensure you get to see the whole collection on all floors. Enjoy a coffee in the café before visiting the museum shop.

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Bucharest
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Make sure you don't skip this gem if you are ever in Belgium! It has what is probably the best collection in the world of Peter Bruegel paintings, and paintings by the father and son of the same subject are often in the same room so it's easy to compare. If you are at all interested in art I would... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is a huge museum, having three separate exhibitions. Our favorite is the old art section. Love the Bruegel, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and Rueben paintings especially. Set aside at least three hours if you want to do all three exhibits.

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london
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

It is a collection of four museums organised under one roof (prepare to walk a lot). We bought a combine ticket, but due to time restriction, spent most of our time in the Magritte’s museum (excellent), some time in the Musee fin-de-siecle (very good), and walked through Old Masters and Modern museum. It was our choice and one can easily... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I bought the combined tickets for the museum of old masters and the one of Magritte. I was told that I had to get into the Magritte museum (in an adjacent building with a convenient underground passage) within one hour of the purchase. Hmmm....rules are rules, I guess. Photography in Magritte was prohibited and they insisted that I start from... More

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