Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
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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.
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  • Naamsepoort • 7 min walk
  • Park • 9 min walk
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,228 contributions
Couples
Large fine arts museum, we saw the ancient art section only.
The works are well displayed and include a number of masterpieces
Memling Jordaens Bruegel Cranach Rubens Van Dyck are some of the artists represented.
It is a shame that you have to pay a separate fee to see the more recent Art section of the museum.
As a footnote, there are no taxis around the museum even though there are taxi stands.
Written June 21, 2022
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Daniel Gareth Duffy
5 contributions
This is a very well-stocked art museum, with some thought-provoking masterpieces. However, most paintings were accompanied with no written information. The audio guide only commented on a select few paintings. I remain slightly sceptical of a staff member's response to my comment regarding the lack of written information that most of the paintings were too uninteresting to have commentary on them.
Written September 19, 2022
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Emily
London, UK216 contributions
I visited all the exhibition. A great selection of art, lots of see with something to suit various tastes. Could spend all day there to truly appreciate everything.
The old masters had some impressive examples, Musée Fin-De-Siécle some more unusual items. Both were fairly quiet. Unfortunately the Musée Magritte was very busy, these were small spaces and clearly the most popular!
Some pieces have some good description but most have none.
Not too busy. Staff are helpful & speak English.
Written May 23, 2022
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WarrenFretwell
Syracuse, NY3,621 contributions
This is a fairly large museum with many paintings from the Flemish school. Lots of Bruegal I and II and an extensive Magritte collection. There are also lots of stairs and the elevator wasn't working on the day we visited!

Skip the cafe. Food is not that good.

You can store your stuff in a locker for a Euro or two and afterwards you'll get your deposit back.

It's a beautiful building and lovely gardens outside.

Within walking distance of Grand Place.

Note: it is closed now due to the coronavirus, but you can take a virtual tour by visiting the museum's website.
Written April 24, 2020
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Matthew P
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom33 contributions
Couples
An exceptional museum dedicated to fine art from Belgium including almost incalculable Old Masters, Magritte and more modern art from the region.

I would allow at least half a day, if not more. You could easily spend a whole day there. I'd certainly bring some comfy shoes.
Written August 20, 2022
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Susana F
Ulm, Germany139 contributions
I visited the Musee fin de Siecle, one of the different museums integrated in this complex. I was a bit afraid when discovering that is underground but the feeling is not at all claustrophobic. I went at about 15.30 on a Friday and there was very few people, a pleasure to walk around the different rooms almost alone. Nice selection of work and very glad to have seen the ouevre of Belgian masters not well represented in most European collections. Theo van Rysselberghe, France von Stuk, leon Spilliaert, and my favourite Fernandez Khnopff.
Very recommendable visit.
Only down side: the illumination is most photography unfriendly. The museum that hates Instagram should be an appropriate denomination ;-o)
Written June 11, 2022
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LizFDerby
Derby75 contributions
We spent a day and a half in here across the old masters and fin de siecle, we didn't even get to the Magritte. It's a glorious space with plenty of unexpected bonuses, including a room with 9 Breughels which we had to ourselves for some of the visit.

It was much quieter than some of the great galleries we have visited in Rome, Venice and Amsterdam, and the fin de siecle section is full of gorgeous and unexpected works by artists we had never heard of.

The cafe is closed but here are plenty of good eateries close by and there is no problem going in and out on the same ticket in one day.
Written May 3, 2022
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Marius I
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
Family
Great museum, but missed «a girl with a pearl earring» by Vermeer ...

Furthermore the guard at the exhibit of the works of the Dutch great masters was exceedingly concerned by sound - from ordinary conversation ...

Nevertheless a memorable visit worth recommending
Written February 21, 2020
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Gerry M
Acton, UK395 contributions
Friends
Our visit was ideal for a wet Thursday. Loved the Bruegel Box a must. We thought it was only one painting but we went back for another two well worth it. Leave time to make the most of the Old Masters. The same ticket also gets you into the Dutch School and a whole range of later painters downstairs. Cafe does great hot chocolate if you need a break. You need to be 65 for the Snr 😥ticket but they do also have a Student discount ticket. All great value for money. My favourite Bruegel was The fall of Rebel Angels. Well worth listening to the detail on the information box in front of the painting.
Written February 16, 2020
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M Brown
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Magritte and Breughel exhibits were great, but what a confusing (and irritating) museum. Signage non- existent. Spent most of our time looking for an attendant. Little curatorial coherence: it all seemed a bit random in terms of the visitor's cultural experience.
Written February 27, 2020
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