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Royal Museum for Central Africa
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Ranked #70 of 410 things to do in Brussels
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

When visiting Tervuren you should visit this museum.
Very interesting museum, located in a beautiful park.
It's will be worth your time.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Unbelievable to see the size of this palace build just to showcase what Léopold took out of the Congo. The number of artifacts was truly amazing.
I'm glad we saw it before the renovation, to see the whole experiences through the eyes of the colonizers. There were a few new signs that were a bit apologetic and I'm sure when it reopens, there will be a more 21st century view of colonialism and it's plunder.

Nice tram ride from the city and a nice cafe between the tram stop and the museum.

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

the giant Elephant and all other exhibits have been moved early December into storage. The museum will be closed for at least 2 years total renovation including a modern annex. Can you wait till 2016 to see their vast collections in a better light and display.............

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a wonderfully comprehensive collection of art and of flora and of fauna from Central Africa that is housed in a breathtakingly beautiful building that is inspired by the Petit Palais of Paris. However it does show its age; the objects look dusty and are regrettably not properly labelled and some vitrines also not properly lit. It is therefore good news that the museum will soon close for much-needed renovation that would take 3 years. One wonders if it would follow the model of Paris's Musée du Quai Branly where the objects from Africa seem to be more or less treated as art...

It was also interesting to learn that Livingstone's papers have been donated to this institution.

One should return when the renovation is complete; one should visit on a spring or summer day when one can also enjoy the vast grounds when it is not rainy and damp.

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

This is an important museum if you are interested in Belgian history or African Art. You also want to go as soon as you can as it will be completely closing for the next 3-5 years for a total renovation (thank goodness). I think they do an adequate, if not world class, job on the art and history. The African Art is supposedly an excellent collection, as I am not an art history nor Africana expert, I can only say I found it interesting. The displays themselves are ancient and I felt like I was on a trip in Junior High. The history is compelling, although I am not sure that it even tells the whole story. The staff and leadership of the museum seem to agree and according to the people at the museum, it is going to close for the next 3-5 years for a total renovation. If you can go, do it, but know that it is an excellent example of the way museums used to be. Take some additional time and walk the grounds -- that is probably the most impressive, updated, and best kept part of this museum.

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