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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 #28 of 220 Attractions in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Brentwood, TN
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We only had time to visit one of the museums in the complex and we chose the Old Masters. We thoroughly enjoyed walking around and viewing the paintings. The layout seemed simple to follow, unlike some museums where you can get lost and wander around for too long. There were also plenty of places to sit and rest when you... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We liked it all. As with all European Great Art Museums, trying to do it all in one visit is more than a cultural mouthful, it's hard on the hips, knees, brain ...... But if that's all the time you have, it's worth the effort. Just don't arrive too late in the day or you will be racing.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We purchased a combination ticket, which is a bargain at 13 Euros. The old masters collection contains several genuine Flemish and Dutch masterpieces, as well as many interesting minor masterpieces. We genuinely enjoyed that museum and thought it was a must-visit. The Magritte museum was also very good -- excellent if you are a Magritte or modern art fan, while... More

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

There are several famous masterpieces in this museum, but most paintings are average. The furniture section is interesting.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

The museum is easily accessible from the center of the oldest parts of the city. It is spacious, well laid out, and the staff and docents are helpful and knowledgeable. We spent a couple hours and were very satisfied. The crowd on a Friday morning was minimal (the museum is massive.) It has the Death of Marat painting by David... More

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I love museums of arts and this one was really nice. The building itself is worth seeing, the collection may be a little dissapointing, as they put big names (Mucha, Bosch) on their leaflets, but have only a few pieces by those artists. It is definitely worth going for the Bruegel room, seeing "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus", "The... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Magritte / Fin de Siecle/ the oder stuff (can't remember what they call this one!): fully revamped from the old RMFA set-up and quite well done. There is a lot of walking involved here so go with comfy shoes! You can visit the museum parts separately or get a discounted combination ticket (NOTE EUROSTAR travellers get 2fer1 here - take... More

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New York City, New York
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78 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

this museum is quite big and is known for the flemish masters as well as the Musee Magritte and everything in between. there a lot of staircases going down and up but it is all worth it. i concentrated on the flemish masters and the Musee Magritte and it was well worth the 3 hours i spent there. the Flemish... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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81 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I visited the Old Masters Museum. There was a nice collection of Flemish works and, while I did enjoy them, I was expecting more. The audioguide was well done and did provide information and context that was helpful. Unfortunatey, I found the map of the museum to be confusing and inaccurate. While the line to access the museum was quite... More

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Milan, Italy
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71 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The core of the Museum is the collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings, of which there is a real treasure trove. Name an artist, and you will find his works here: from Bosch to Rembrandt, from van Dyck to Rubens, from Van Der Weyden to Brueghel, there are enough paintings to keep you busy for a full afternoon; and most... More

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