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“some breughel paintings and a lot of rubens” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts)

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 #29 of 206 Attractions in Brussels
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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 by Peter Bruegel.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“some breughel paintings and a lot of rubens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

the best museum in Belgium for 16th and 17th century paintings. A couple of paintings by pieter brueghel the elderly, many rubens as well, if you like old paitings andd have a couple of hours time a muswt see in brussels

Visited April 2012
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Surrey, Angleterre
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“Great gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Was very quiet when we visited - midweek in February.
Plenty of time to wander around and appreciate the artwork.
Bruegel, Rubens etc - just fantastic.
It's OK to take photos - without flash.
Cloakroom and lockers available.
Cafe is quite expensive - 5 euro for a bottle of water !

Visited February 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Excellent collection and amazing bookshop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

If you are visiting Brussels and have even a vague interest in fine arts or history, this is one not to miss! Our visit made such an impression that we signed up as Friends! The Bruegel collection is particularly extensive, impressive and includes the famous Census at Bethlehem which has been reproduced repeatedly and adorns thousands of walls across the world! Consider buying the museum guide to twenty masterpieces in the museum - this provides brief historical context and explanation of the symbolism of the paintings.

Visited March 2013
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Kandinsky & Russia exhibition”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I'm not reviewing the fine museums but just the Kandinsky exhibition.

The exhibition is extensive and a mix of a lot of Kandinsky (mostly from St. Petersburg museums) and some other artists works from Russia & his Munich period ranging from Russian country decorations to icons and interesting 19th century Russian "popular culture" leaflets with folk songs to Arnold Schönberg. Some references to Kandinsky contemporaries in different periods of his artistic development.
The audio guide was excellent for those not well versed in Kandinsky & Russian context - but the voice reading it... :(
Exhibition was a bit of an anticlimax at the price (17,50 euro/person), with little reference to K. contemporaries in Russian modernism & symbolism (just 1-2 works by Malewicz & co. no Exter etc.).
One nice surprise was the clear references and demonstration of the non-European (Tartar) influence on early Russian customs and art - (Asian influence as the audio guide called it), which is a strong but often understated component of Russian culture & custom. This added clear value to the context of the exhibition.
All in all OK, but by no mean a great exhibition.

Visited March 2013
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“Superb museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Unlike most really good national collections, this one had few visitors when we were there and so going around from one well -hung masterpiece to another, was a delight. Well worth the effort.

Visited March 2013
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