Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • Mérode • 5 min walk
  • Schuman • 10 min walk
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC972 contributions
Oct 2020
Wow - what a great museum!

There is so much to see here and the layout of the museum is very well done. The building itself is really large. Starting from roughly the Napoleonic Wars, the layout has you naturally proceed linearly through time, moving next into WWI, WWII, and modern times. The airplane exhibit contains planes from all periods of the evolution of flight. The hangar is HUGE and has numerous planes on display. There's also an outside area with some tanks and artillery.

As you wind your way to the end of the museum, you then can take an elevator up to the top of the famous arch, the Arcades du Cinquantenaire (the Triumphal Arch), affording you excellent views of Parc Cinquantenaire and the surrounding environs. I had always wanted to go up there, so actually doing so was special. As you head to the arch, the museum has on display items of war from medieval times, such as armor, canons, etc.

One section of the museum is dedicated to Russian war artifacts, donated by people who were concerned their Russian items would be confiscated/stolen from them during turbulent periods of history. This was a rather interesting exhibit with beautiful items on display.

The cost of the museum is a great value for the experience and the countless items on display. It's really an impressive museum inside. Yes, it's true many parts of the museum need refurbishing/updating as other reviewers have stated, and you can see works are in progress to modernize, but don't let this bother you or lessen your experience.

The WWII exhibit is particularly well done and worth a visit.

Unfortunately, while some signs are in English (mostly the larger signs as you enter each period of history), most placards that describe items on display are only in French and Flemish.

Definitely recommended. Well worth the price. Obligatory cafe (minimal hours), cloakroom/locker room, and toilets inside the museum.
Written October 29, 2020
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Valerie P
Hot Springs Village, AR125 contributions
Jun 2022
Very well done, collections are curated better than most. Displayed chronologically so you can skip around if you have certain interests. The Aviation Museum is connected and included with your admission fee - has a varied collection as well.
Written June 21, 2022
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H_sas
Brussels, Belgium39 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Definitely worth a visit. The museum possesses a rich and unique collection, interesting not only for military or aviation lovers.
Beautiful location. Panoramic breathtaking view of Brussels at the top.
The museum is huge: I wound recommend half a day if you want to briefly see everything. 1-2 hrs won't be enough.

Pity that for such a rich collection they give such a poor explanation. Sometimes only in French and Dutch languages. Very few things are interactive. With the right touch this museum could have been a world's greatest. Needs investment? Museum website could use an update as well.

No parking available. We used a public parking (€) within 5 min walk.
There is a small cafeteria at the museum with good coffee and quite democratic prices.

Resume: an enjoyable and educational visit. I recommend.
Written September 27, 2020
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Angelica
52 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
This museum houses a vast array of items, from huge artillery pieces and tanks down to small personal items that once belonged to soldiers. Sadly when I went the aviation hall was closed, and so I couldn’t access a couple exhibits that were on the other side. Still, there was a lot to see, including weaponry, uniforms, and two exhibitions, one on WWI and the other on WWII. Unfortunately not everything is in English, I had no problems in the WWI area as everything was translated but in other parts of the museum it was almost exclusively French and Flemish
Written June 6, 2022
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN893 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
The large exhibition space with the tanks and planes is closed for refurbishment right now or I would have given it five stars. It is still an excellent museum, though. The WWI and WWII sections are excellent and the pre-WWI weapons and uniform section was excellent too. Even with the highlighted exhibits under refurbishment this is still a must see museum.
Written June 12, 2022
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jpdk
Vejle, Denmark249 contributions
Jan 2020
This big museum shows the military history of Belgium, with lots of things on display, plus a big building filled up with aeroplanes.
The entre can be payd with credit card only, no cash are accepted. At the museum you will find, that all informations to the things on display are in French or Flemish langue only, only a very few places in this huge museum, you will find information in English
Written January 19, 2020
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Cruiser752882
Vilnius, Lithuania13 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We were really fascinated by the size and collection of this museum. They have everything about war History. Be prepared to spent hours to see everything. Sadly, there are no information in english on stands. I guess, children would enjoy it too. As we were coming in really bad weather, museum was far away from crowded.
Written March 14, 2020
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Stephen H
Brussels, Belgium478 contributions
Jan 2021
Even with COVID, great experience. The aircraft section of the museum is not climate controlled, so dress appropriately. Do not forget the tanks outside (some people do). Remember the gift store is closed over lunch.
Written January 16, 2021
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Bubbles73uk
Weedon Bec, UK787 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one of the largest military museums in Europe. The exhibits present 12 centuries of history through military equipment & machinery. Don't miss the panoramic view of the city from the terrace on top of the Arcade du Cinquantenaire.
Written January 5, 2020
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Paul S
Antwerp, Belgium286 contributions
Jul 2020
We came to visit the airplains. And we were very dissepointed. Flat tires, missing info signs, patio chairs stored between fighter jets, monolingual (French) info signs, not accessible wall maps, .....
And when we ask for a sandwich at the bar, the staff member only speaks French. The classified sandwiches were not available.
It must be said other parts of the museum are in a more modern state.
There are also rooms that look like a large installed warehouse.
Our general impression is that of a general loss.
Fortunately, the entrance fee is very democratic.
Written August 5, 2020
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