Museum of Natural Sciences

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Museum of Natural Sciences
4.5
Natural History Museums • History Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Meet the famous Bernissart Iguanodons in the largest Dinosaur Gallery in Europe, learn about the human body and how we evolved in the Gallery of Humankind and go back in time in the Gallery of Evolution. You can also find out about urban species in BiodiverCITY, discover specimens which illustrate the Museum’s history in the 250 years of Natural Sciences hall, admire the magnificent crystals in the Mineral Hall, and experience something new every year by visiting our temporary exhibitions or by taking part in one of our Education Service’s interactive activities. During Belgian School Holidays: Tuesday > Sunday: 10.00 > 18.00 During the Belgian school year: Tuesday > Friday: 9.30 > 17.00 | Week-end : 10.00 > 18.00
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Yves v
Brussels, Belgium321 contributions
Jan 2022
There wasa long time ago I did visit the museum and wanted to go back to show it to my grand childrens. It is still great to see how big some of our dinausaurus were. There is so much different things to see, the kids enjoyed the new things they were able to see. Diversity is really present. Worth to visit.
Written January 8, 2022
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ShinobuKazama
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Friends
They serve hotdogs in there café it cost €3,90 its not even a real hot dog they put it between a sandwich and the worst of all is if you pay by card they charge you €4,30. They scam you and then steal your money… disapponting!
Written January 6, 2022
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SuzM1985
Velika Gorica, Croatia123 contributions
Nov 2021
This place is magical!
It's destination for all ages.
Interactive museum with great exebition.
Perfect for dino lovers!
Written November 28, 2021
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immorissal
Belgium159 contributions
Jan 2021
A review of the ‘Living Planet‘ hall, at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, visited in January 2021.

In September 2020, The Museum of Natural Sciences announced a new permanent exhibition called ‘Living Planet’. This addition even made the news. The museum is very proud of it.

Unfortunately, all I saw was a terribly perverted way of presenting ‘nature’ to an already vastly urbanized audience, with an emphasis on children. I found it utterly dystopian.

Taxidermic specimens are exhibited as if they’re part of a contemporary art show: isolated, without context, in a white, unimaginative space. The immense gap between the perception of us, humans, compared to the rest of the animal world is made painfully clear. Touch screens – probably broken within a couple of years – gave minimal information on the individual species or their relation. The installation looked more like a high-end shopping mall.

Compared to this presentation, a zoo seems like a reasonable environment for wild animals. For other parts of the exhibition an array of abstract video projections of water or fire and close ups of plants were used – again as if they were channeling Bill Viola’s work in an attempt to achieve ‘immersion’. Immersion in what? In videographic exhibition design? All this equipment and styling will be outdated within a blink of an eye.

Half baked, stylized references to the traditional natural history dioramas were put in place, without even trying to aim for any form of illusion of a species in their actual habitat. Perhaps the museum thought to emphasize the laboratory part of natural science, but this completely disregards the engagement of natural sciences with actual natural environments.

Animals are being cut loose from their landscapes, all references to endangered ecosystems are gone or at least filtered out by colored led lights, the space for that replaced with white void or exhibition design that looks like it was conceived by tv studio builders. Maybe they simply thought it was ‘edgy’, in which case I wouldn’t even know where to begin to address a shallow mishap like that.

This is not worthy for any museum of natural history or natural sciences of this scale. This is an attempt at turning natural sciences into a multimedia theme park, while increasing the already substantial distance between the audience and its relation to wilderness.

In any case, ‘Living Planet’ is the worst title for a department pretending to represent life in dead, technological spaces.
Written November 2, 2021
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Klare R
Liverpool, UK81 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Had a wonderful visit here this morning. It was fairly quiet and we felt welcomed by the staff. It was super busy with school children by the time we left. We got around all the museum in approx 3 hours. Our 7 year old loved the dinosaurs and particularly the T-Rex exhibition!
Written October 28, 2021
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Berit J
Horsens, Denmark104 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We are a family with 2 teenagers. It was very interesting to walk around. The blue route with the dinosaurs was the best….
Written October 20, 2021
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Lucas M
Belgium64 contributions
Aug 2021
Truly beautiful museum! We didn't manage to see everything it has to offer in our four-hour visit, so we will have to go back. Everything is beautifully presented, with interactive elements and a lot of well-explained accompanying information. Covering topics from the human body to dinosaurs to the environment.
Written August 17, 2021
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Matthias P
Düsseldorf, Germany82 contributions
Jul 2021
Super Nice Museum! Lots of history and great exhibits. Especially impressive are the dinosaur skeletons but the other areas are very interesting, too.

Make sure to avoid times with lots of small kids as it can get annoying when you try to read and listen (so better go after lunch). Nice museum shop as well.
Written August 6, 2021
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Sean4476
Monrovia, Liberia161 contributions
Apr 2021
My 2 year old loved walking around and it was very visual stimulating. We will definitely come back here. The layout is very confusing though and could be improved.
Written May 28, 2021
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MaryKateNI19
Brussels, Belgium584 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We pre-booked the museum which is advised. There are time-slots available and restricted numbers per slot. The museum is central Brussels, so parking must be in 4 recommended car parks, the museum recommends these, we used Place Jourdan 1 a 5 min walk. Streets around the museum are residents only. The museum has washrooms and lockers for you to store coats and bags. The tour is very cleaver, you follow paths on the floor A, B, C so we did in order. The tour takes approximately 2/3 hours. We did within 2. Fantastic displays of dinosaurs, animals, insets, history of mankind. Definitely worth a visit. There is hand sanitisers throughout.
Written April 9, 2021
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  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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