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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  • Marianne C
    Burnham, United Kingdom971 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immersive Brueghel and old masters in fabulous space
    Reduced rates over 65. Rather chaotic process for getting rid of coats and bags but eventually got there. Space is huge and fabulous and the art is literally priceless. Well lit in small rooms easily connected with logical flow. Very pleasant visitor experience with plenty of places to sit down and relax. Highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 6, 2023
  • maapar
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing
    Visited here with reserved online tickets first thing in the morning. Not too crowded. Enjoyed the Old Masters section best with Bruegel, Bosch, Memling, Bouts. Then saw the Fin de Siecle which had some Impressionist paintings like Sisley, Gauguin and Post Impressionist like Seurat. You can also see the Magritte Section if you have tickets for all museums. A little difficult to find your way around from one section to another.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Brody B
    Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it
    At the time of writing the multi ticket costs €15, it’s well worth it. You can easily spend 3 hours in there there’s so much beautiful artwork across 9 floors. I did around 10,660 steps today going from my hotel to the train to there. Definitely recommend if you’re serious about art. The gift shop has postcards and posters of some of their best pieces too.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 12, 2023
  • LindaWNottm
    Nottingham, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cool, calm tonic on a busy day in Brussels.
    Wonderful collections of masters old and new. We paid for the special exhibitions a mere €15 each and very good value. They have a secure bag drop and clean facilities. We saw Fin du siecle, Magriite and the old Masters (Flemish and Dutch). It had been a very hot day in Brussels and stepping into the cool, calm atmosphere of the gallery was a tonic. Quiet and easy to navigate so you don't miss anything. A time to relax and drink in the wonderful art on display. The building is wonderful too and not to be missed. The staff so helpful.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Neil L
    35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit if you haven't seen the Belgian surrealists before
    A large and varied collection including Breugel, Bosch, and Magritte as well as more 'traditional' artists. I would say the combined ticket for 15 euros is good value as you can spend many hours here. Magritte has move to a temporary space because of building works which makes the flow slightly odd, and the café is closed. Also, booking online is more difficult than it should be (the UK seems to have disappeared from the list of countries!) so we queued up for the first slot of the day - mistake! The south facing entrance on a hot day is like a sauna - I would leave it half an hour and there will probably still be plenty of tickets available.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Samuel007
    Exeter, United Kingdom2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent galleries, but nothing to eat or drink!
    We went, as it happened, on the first Wednesday of the month, in the afternoon, and found to our surprise that admission that day was free! There is also a concession worth noting for Eurostar travellers. Magritte is presently confined to a deep basement gallery while his usual quarters are refurbished, but the paintings are well displayed in plenty of space (unlike the subterranean exhibition area in our own National Gallery) and there was an interesting section describing his life. Magritte is not my favourite painter - too troubled and troubling - but I can appreciate his amazing painting skills even when the picture itself is the stuff of nightmares. Upstairs again, the Old Masters are very well displayed. The emphasis is on the early Flemish masters, of course, but there is also a good selection of 17th century Dutch paintings. In the midst of all this earnest art appreciation, it would have been a relief to find a little refreshment, but there was none, even though I am almost sure the website promised two restaurants. Whether this lack is temporary or permanent, I do not know.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Dani E
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels is definitely worth a visit. It houses famous paintings, and the entry was very quick as there weren't many people. It's a pity that the Museumpass cannot be used, considering it's the main museum of the city. There could even be a discount on the admission for people who have the Museumpass.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Samuel007
    Exeter, United Kingdom335 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent galleries, but nothing to eat or drink!
    We went, as it happened, on the first Wednesday of the month, in the afternoon, and found to our surprise that admission that day was free! There is also a concession worth noting for Eurostar travellers. Magritte is presently confined to a deep basement gallery while his usual quarters are refurbished, but the paintings are well displayed in plenty of space (unlike the subterranean exhibition area in our own National Gallery) and there was an interesting section describing his life. Magritte is not my favourite painter - too troubled and troubling - but I can appreciate his amazing painting skills even when the picture itself is the stuff of nightmares. Upstairs again, the Old Masters are very well displayed. The emphasis is on the early Flemish masters, of course, but there is also a good selection of 17th century Dutch paintings. In the midst of all this earnest art appreciation, it would have been a relief to find a little refreshment, but there was none, even though I am almost sure the website promised two restaurants. Whether this lack is temporary or permanent, I do not know.
    Visited August 2023
    Written September 29, 2023
  • CJTravelerTexas
    Texas9,003 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wonderful Collection of Art
    Persons in Brussels for the first time should consider visiting the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, which house an impressive collection. Despite requiring considerable walking and navigating a number of stairs, these museums are well done. I was particularly impressed with the lighting in these museums, which made photography easy.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 15, 2023
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,564 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A revelation. Wonderful museum with superb collection.
    The collection is superb, especially if you are interested in the work of the Dutch Golden Age... great pieces by Hals, Steen, Metsys, Membling, Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck and many more. There is a wonderful group of paintings by Roger van der Weyden -- rare for a museum to have more than one and here there are a half dozen. The equally large group of pieces by Brueghel are a revelation... the museum has made an effort to education, as you'll see in the media used to interpret / enlarge both the Brueghel and the Hals works. Plus there is a marvelous group of Magritte works in the same building. This is a museum that must be seen. AND beyond the works, the staff are the most helpful people we've ever encountered in a museum. Truly friendly people who answered all our questions and assisted us in every way we asked. Equalled by the ease through which you can maneuver through the building. Superb signage, very easy to navigate. Altogether, one of the best experiences we've ever had in the hundreds of art museums we've visited. Highest recommendation possible.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
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Neil L
35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A large and varied collection including Breugel, Bosch, and Magritte as well as more 'traditional' artists. I would say the combined ticket for 15 euros is good value as you can spend many hours here.

Magritte has move to a temporary space because of building works which makes the flow slightly odd, and the café is closed. Also, booking online is more difficult than it should be (the UK seems to have disappeared from the list of countries!) so we queued up for the first slot of the day - mistake! The south facing entrance on a hot day is like a sauna - I would leave it half an hour and there will probably still be plenty of tickets available.
Written July 18, 2023
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El Turista John
New York City, NY2,821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
While there are plenty of museums to choose from while visiting Brussels, none compare for quality, quantity, depth, and breadth of collections than the 6 museums that make up the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. An all-in-one price makes a day trip here great value for money (You’ll definitely need a good 4-6 hours to cover it all). Not only can one be treated to Medieval and Renaissance masters but to Art Nouveau paintings and furniture, and to a series of works by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. Definitely my favorite museum in Belgium and WELL worth a visit.
Written October 4, 2022
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • 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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M Brown
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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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05095coc
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The light and roomy gallery is the perfect space for this collection. Obvious highlights are the Brueghel room, with character-packed canvases and a delightful little pastiche of a yawning man; a huge room dedicated to several monumental works by Rubens; and a small but fine selection of international works, including some excellent examples of the Dutch school and the famous "Death of Marat". English signposting is infrequent, so a floor plan and an audioguide are recommended.
Written March 5, 2020
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Brody B
Hebden Bridge, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
At the time of writing the multi ticket costs €15, it’s well worth it. You can easily spend 3 hours in there there’s so much beautiful artwork across 9 floors. I did around 10,660 steps today going from my hotel to the train to there. Definitely recommend if you’re serious about art. The gift shop has postcards and posters of some of their best pieces too.
Written May 12, 2023
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Samuel007
Exeter, UK335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We went, as it happened, on the first Wednesday of the month, in the afternoon, and found to our surprise that admission that day was free! There is also a concession worth noting for Eurostar travellers. Magritte is presently confined to a deep basement gallery while his usual quarters are refurbished, but the paintings are well displayed in plenty of space (unlike the subterranean exhibition area in our own National Gallery) and there was an interesting section describing his life. Magritte is not my favourite painter - too troubled and troubling - but I can appreciate his amazing painting skills even when the picture itself is the stuff of nightmares. Upstairs again, the Old Masters are very well displayed. The emphasis is on the early Flemish masters, of course, but there is also a good selection of 17th century Dutch paintings. In the midst of all this earnest art appreciation, it would have been a relief to find a little refreshment, but there was none, even though I am almost sure the website promised two restaurants. Whether this lack is temporary or permanent, I do not know.
Written September 29, 2023
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Wingfield73
Chiang Mai, Thailand966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
To be honest we only went in to get out of the bitter winter cold, especially as I already knew the place from the days I worked in Brussels forty years ago. But wow - had it changed (apart from the entry price which used to be free) and, happily there's less space accorded to sad, muddy damp cows and the too many crucifixions. The generously proportioned rosy Rubens women are always a pleasure to see but the museum has developed especially on the more up to date artists such as Magritte and art nouveau.
The shop is very good and the prices, particularly for the illustrated books on different artists. are reasonable.
Written January 1, 2023
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Craig_Tapper
Sydney, Australia833 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I had a spare afternoon on a cold January day (-6C) so a warm museum seems the ideal place to spend some time. An excellent collection of the Dutch School and Old Masters including (unsurprisingly) lots of Rubens and Brueghel but also some Rembrandt, Hieronymous Bosch, Frans Hals, and many more. For the bargain price of 10 Euro (8 if you're over 65 or as student) it's hard to fault the collection or curation. A great afternoon.
Written January 12, 2024
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LindaWNottm
Nottingham, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Wonderful collections of masters old and new. We paid for the special exhibitions a mere €15 each and very good value. They have a secure bag drop and clean facilities. We saw Fin du siecle, Magriite and the old Masters (Flemish and Dutch). It had been a very hot day in Brussels and stepping into the cool, calm atmosphere of the gallery was a tonic. Quiet and easy to navigate so you don't miss anything. A time to relax and drink in the wonderful art on display. The building is wonderful too and not to be missed. The staff so helpful.
Written June 11, 2023
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