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Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles)
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$32.59*
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The Brussels Card with Optional STIB Public Transportation
Ranked #36 of 412 things to do in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed June 3, 2014

The museum is located in one of the historical buildings of the the Grand Place. The building itself is majestically beautiful. Being around the Grand Place transports you to a different century, which is also the case once you step in the museum. There is large amount of history housed within those walls. Compared to other museum's this one is smaller but, it is still very interesting and a must see when in Brussels. There is a video of the history behind the Manneken Pis which is kinda funny. The collection of the costumes from the Manneken is extensive and impressive. Entrance fee is relatively inexpensive and it's not crowded.

Thank Erik99P
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

If you use the Brussels card to get in it is worth visiting. While there was information on the city of Brussels history it was mostly not in English and not well displayed. It is worth seeing the Mannekin Pis in costumes as it was definitely amusing and will be remembered.

Thank Don P
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Reviewed May 15, 2014

This museum provided a broad introduction to the history of Brussels. There are English cards for a good number of the exhibits, and videos are run in English, French and Dutch (in a consecutive loop). The main draw card is the warddrobe of Mannekin Pis, where a selection of the 500 or so donated costumes for the statue (as well as the original statue) is housed and displayed. I am disappointed there is no Australian contribution! This museum entrance is on Grand Place, and a couple of hours I would recommend spending.

Thank Ice_D_8
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Located in Maison du Roi on the Grand Place, this is a centrally located museum about the city and a great place to start. I would recommend getting a Brussels Card from the Tourist information centre opposite and visiting the museums in the city to save money. The City Museum was interesting as it showed the development of the city, including information in the Bombardments in 1604 in which Grand Place which was wooden at the time burnt down. The museum houses a wide variety of things from states, dinner plates to the colourful and rather amusing collection of outfits for the Mannekin Pis, which are worth seeing. These come in many different forms and seem to be the most popular part of the museum so expect to be a little crowded. The museum itself is built around a large ornate central staircase. Not too much in the way of English explanation but you can easily work out what is the exhibits are showing you even with a limited knowledge of French. The only thing I found slightly disappointing was the fact you cannot get out onto the balconies which can be seen from below in the Grand Place. However I still enjoyed the visit as it was informative and the outfits were a quirky addition to the trip.

Thank Gee231205x
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Although this is to be expected as we are not in England, this museum had significant handful fire potential due to the poor catering for English guests, although cards were provided in places the quality of these was varied.m

Thank simonwilliampizzey
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