Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles)

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Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles)

Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles)
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Beurs • 4 min walk
  • De Brouckère • 4 min walk
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June A
Surrey, UK2,295 contributions
Heaps of information
Jul 2020
I can't say I am that interested in displays of ceramics and pottery, but I am interested in the history of the cities that I visit - and this museum has that in abundance in a very well presented timeline - with plenty of information in English - always a help.
Written June 2, 2021
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Stefan G
Brussels, Belgium867 contributions
Excellent Museum of Brussels! Recommended!
Sep 2020
This museum is exactly what I like - it was of a medium size and contained just the right amount of a mix of different museum artifacts.

The museum is over three floors in the old King's House building. The layout is well-done. On the bottom floor are triptychs, statues from buildings in the city, and lots of dishes, vases, etc, made locally out of pewter, silver, and other materials, while on the second floor are many wonderful maps of the city as well as two huge models of the city. I was really impressed by the city models - done in meticulous detail and very interesting. There are several tapestries (my favorite) on the second floor, as well.

The top-floor was the best. There's the original archangel fighting the dragon statue that was once on top of one of the buildings there in the Grand Place, and it's several centuries old. The top-floor is laid out in a timeline, going over the history of Brussels city. Whereas on the first two floors all the descriptions of items were only in French and Dutch, on the top-floor the descriptions were also in English which I appreciated as it let me gain a better understanding of the city's history.

Throughout the museum are paintings of the city and its environs, many from the 16th century.

While I visited, there was an exhibition on Manneken Pis (not sure if it's a permanent exhibition), giving a history of the little peeing boy. This was really interesting, as I didn't know much about the statue or its history. One of the original statues is on display, as are several of his costumes.

Overall, a fantastic museum giving an excellent history of Brussels. Both the exterior and the interior of the building put you right in the atmosphere of a European city of centuries past - a great experience.

This quickly became one of my favorite museums - definitely recommended!
Written September 27, 2020
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BigTool
Chicago vicinity449 contributions
Well balanced city museum.
Jul 2019
The museum has the obligatory timelines of of Brussels' history, duly accompanied by period paintings or photographs, but the displays include more than just that. I really liked the section that displayed the ceramic serving ware from wealthy households, from the days when the serving ware was molded to resemble the dish it was used for. Be sure to get a peek at the Grand Place and Town Hall from one of the museum's upper floor windows.
Written June 23, 2020
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KWD_11
Cheltenham, UK547 contributions
Better than the average city museum
Feb 2020
This museum has its fair share of broken masonry, old photographs and dioramas of the city but there’s more to it than that. One room in particular contains some fine paintings (The Wedding Cortège, attributed to Jan Breugel the Elder; and The Martyrdom of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, by Aert van den Bossche). The Saluces Altarpiece, in the same room, is also impressive. Hordes of visitors crowd into the Grand Place, but only a small proportion come through the doors of the Maison du Roi where the museum is situated. This place is well worth a visit, and not just on a rainy day.
Written February 29, 2020
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Melanie G
Dallas, TX36 contributions
Amazing Museum!
Feb 2020 • Solo
This architecture is truley breathtaking ! It really has some amazing pieces in it. You learn about the history of Brussels! A mist see!
Written February 28, 2020
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Dakotatex2013
Bryan, Texas57 contributions
The history of Brussels in a nutshell
Feb 2020
Our visit was on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon. The number of visitors was low, which allowed us the ability to spend a goodly amount of time viewing the various exhibits on three floors (no elevators that we could find). History through paintings and sculpture is what you find along with general history lessons for all
Written February 20, 2020
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TulipH
1 contribution
Beautiful building, rude guy who is in charge of the virtual reality experience.
Feb 2020
I just visited the museum. The beautiful historical building has impressed me alot. Some items of the exhibition were really stunning.

The guy who sat in a corner beside the virtual reality experience was really rude! I've seen some cabins in a corner. I didn't seen the sign on the side that this doesn't belong to the normal exhibition. I was quite curious and just tried to enter on of the cabin to take a look. The guy there who didn't seem like a museum staff, stopped me. With a very rude attitude he told me that I have to pay extra, otherwise I musn't enter the cabin. He just drove me away with one hand like drove away a dog, How respectless he treated me made me angry for a half day!
Written February 18, 2020
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tapopriya c
Kolkata (Calcutta), India114 contributions
Lots of exhibits
Aug 2019
The museum is located in the grand place and the building is simply majestic. It was probably the king's palace before and has outrageously artistic structure both inside out. Forget the numerous exhibits inside, I was stunned simply by the pristine work of art on its walls and ceilings. There is an extensive display depicting the growth and evolution of Belgium. History lovers would find it very amusing.
Written February 16, 2020
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The_Gilpins
Castlebar, Ireland1,119 contributions
A history of Brussels
Dec 2019 • Family
Fascinating museum covering the history of Brussels.
Very interesting and very informative.
Enjoyed the fact it was about the city we have not visited before.
Added bonus is obviously the original Mannakin Pis!
Not the largest museum but packs alot in.
Written December 11, 2019
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Craig Y
Saint Louis, France71 contributions
Surprised more people don’t go!
Nov 2019 • Solo
This was a great museum to learn a lot of surprising facts about Brussels, it’s history, evolution and growth. There was a lot I didn’t know about the city presented here including the huge fire caused by French bombardment, the fact that it used to be quite hilly, but they sort of flattened it out (the north city was separated from the south), and even more amazing, the ORIGINAL Mannequin Pis is here and you can get up close to it. It was stolen 2x.

It was Sunday and the place was empty. I say go!

Written November 19, 2019
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