Belgian Comic Strip Center

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Belgian Comic Strip Center
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Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Smurfs and Tintin are just a few of the cartoon characters immortalized by Belgian cartoon artists, and kids and adults alike can explore cartoon characters at the Belgian Comics Art Museum.
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  • Rogier • 7 min walk
  • Kruidtuin • 7 min walk
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emanuele g
The Hague, The Netherlands79 contributions
Amazing museum, which superseded my expectations; apart the typical history of comics from the paleolithic to Yellow Kid and the various techniques, the icing on the cake was the Louvre exposition: the amount of the pieces of art produced but dozens of authors is mind blobbing. Forget the 9th art, we are talking about Art. Really amazing. Per se, the museum if quite small, so in one hour you can easily see everything; the show is quite interesting and has an amazing collection of graphic novels (and manga), pity it's all in French.
Written May 15, 2022
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Bianca W
London, UK1,054 contributions
Solo

This museum offers a lot of exhibitions on the history and development of the comic strip, from earliest history to modern times.
Unfortunately there's no audio guide, and I found the exhibitions a bit sparse. The place is huge, but a lot of it is empty space.
The things that are there, are really well displayed, with a lot of nice photo ops.
The Louvre exhibition is also quite well done.
Written April 8, 2022
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G.B.
871 contributions
For grown-ups: this museum showcases both the history of comics, from the earliest sketches of early humans to the present day, and the process behind their creation. Various information is also provided about many famous comics (for example, I didn't know that "The Smurfs" actually started as a spin-off of another comic series).

For the little ones: many "life-size" comic book icons are featured (if that makes sense to say). Also, you can use the app listed at the ticket booth to entertain yourself by pointing your phone at these statues. (Please note, the app is not available in all stores).
Written January 3, 2022
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L2237DZjosephm
Frankfurt, Germany5 contributions
I took my children (ages 7 and 5) to the Comic Strip Museum expecting to see family-friendly exhibits about Tintin, Asterix and Obelix. Unfortunately, the Asterix and Obelix exhibition was closed for cleaning. The only sign on Tintin was a sculpture at the entrance, most likely because there is a dedicated Herge museum about 30-45 minutes outside of Brussels. My children were bored by the proofs (original drawings and watercolours), in all likelihood because they are unfamiliar with the lesser lights of the Belgian cartoon scene, many of whom are happen to be extraordinarily talented. The captions are in Flemish, French and English, but not in other major European languages such as German, Spanish, Italian or Russian. Another misstep on the part of the curators is that the glass cases enclosing the drawings are too high for a 5-6 year child to see them without being lifted by a parent. There is also too little interaction, too few videos to keep a small child's interest. My children spent about 1.5 hours in the shop, which has an encyclopaedic collection of comics for sale. The ticket cost was €13.50 but we parted with another €35 for three books. Again, almost all books in the shop are in French. One would think that a major tourist draw such as this, in the heart of Brussels, would also sell books in other languages.
Written February 17, 2020
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Hakluyt1
Lymm, UK5 contributions
Solo
A great idea but missing the main Belgian protagonists. No Herge or Tintin anywhere in the whole place (apart from the gift shop). After navigating the whole place I asked a member of staff only to be told that ‘there isn’t any’. He seemed embarrassed by this when all publicity seems to heavily lean toward this main character. What a disappointment and waste of money.
Written December 4, 2021
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC973 contributions
One can visit this museum just to see the building as much as one would go for the content. The building was designed by Victor Horta, of Art Nouveau fame, and it's quite impressive.

Anyway, the museum is pretty cool. Learn about how comics are developed, from the idea, to the drawing, coloring, printing, etc. There are many comics on display showing the various stages of development. During my visit, there were a few large exhibitions showcasing a few comics by some prominent artists.

Signs in English as well French and Flemish (Dutch).

Excellent photo opportunities with some of the large items on display.

Decent sized gift shop and bathrooms on site.

Recommended.
Written December 30, 2020
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joe Simon
Belfast, UK19 contributions
Family
I pretty much grew up on Belgian comics and was disappointed that the art of some of the most important Belgian comics artists like Hergé, Franquin, and Morris wasn’t even represented in this rather hap-hazard display of mostly cheap reproduction panels..
Had hoped to see at least some Tintin artwork.

Instead they displayed the work of unknown contemporary comics artists and an exhibition about Korean (!) comics… totally irrelevant to the the rich abs illustrious history of this major Belgian art form.
Won’t be back.

The building itself (art nouveau) is far more interesting than its tired looking ans unimaginative exhibits.
Written August 4, 2021
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Don Wright
Vancouver, Canada1,310 contributions
Couples
Fascinating to see the cartoon strips and characters that people grew up with in Belgium, some I’d heard of but many I was unfamiliar with. In the category of “known” is Tin Tin, Asterix, and the Smurfs. New to me is a long-time local favourite, Billy & Bob, about a boy and his dog. This is a fascinating museum and well worth a visit. Sections of the museum focus on newspaper cartoon strips, comics, and graphic novels. Collectables from many of the comics are also on display on three floors. Fun for all ages.
Written May 2, 2020
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Paul Jordan
Ely, UK62 contributions
I was aware of the great tradition in Belgium for Comic Strip Art, which was apparent on my walking tour of Brussels the previous day.
The museum skilfully guided you through exhibit and explanation with a delightful mixture of Video art ,pictures and models to bring to life the rich history and cultural heritage of the Comic Strip.
I remember as a child growing up in England being aware of the adventures of Tin Tin.....and there it was- fantastic.
A brilliant museum ,just big enough and really interesting.Recommend it highly
Written January 1, 2020
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19chelsea70
Eastbourne, UK300 contributions
A little bit of a walk from the centre but well worth the visit. 10 Euros gets you in to learn the history comics. Housed in a beautiful Victor Horta Art Nouveau building, even if you dont enter the Museum the ground floor with the Rocket and 2CV6 are great photo opertunities. Don't go in the shop, as it's deadley,no one exits empty handed. My love is Tin Tin, but yours could be Asterix , the Smurfs or cool hand Luke it's all there for you. Loads of fun for all the family time well spent.
Written February 9, 2020
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