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“Excellent historic museum”

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
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Ranked #15 of 394 things to do in Brussels
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History is the perfect stop for history and military enthusiasts. Located in the two northernmost halls of the Cinquantenaire Park historic complex, the museum collections comprise more than 10 centuries of military and technology history, ranging from suits of armor, antique firearms and swords to armored vehicles and airplanes. Numerous paintings, sculptures, decorations, and military uniforms bring back to life the military history of this area. Admission is free. Closed on Mondays.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Excellent historic museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Was impressed by the vast Collections and the excellent audiotape (3 Euros) although I spent no more than 1 hour with that aid. In fact the museum has such enormous quantities of exhibits that I had to go for what I knew I wanted to learn more about: the fight for liberation from the French in 1830 and Belgium´s ordeals in WW I and WW II. I got my fill. Not only military/arny gear is displayed but also pieces of art and even of a cartoon. A temporary exhibtion with sculptures by Patrice Alexandre, "Momentum", was gripping and showed the horrors of war, and made a good contrast to the heroic figures from Days gone by. I was deeply moved.
It was possible to go by lift to the top floor, and from there climb two stairs and go outdoors to the top of the "triumphal arch" with a stunning view of the city of Brussels.
Staff incredibly helpful and service minded and they didn´t even laugh at my French. :-)

Visited March 2013
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“The history of war in Europe.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Fantastic and extensive museum containing early war relics all the way through to modern warfare. Very large collection of military uniforms from centuries past. And, of course, lots of hardware to admire.

Visited April 2012
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“Large free museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Currently undergoing refurbishment, so some bits look at little tired. However, it is really large and it covers military history from 1800s to the end of the 2nd World War. And it's free.

Visited March 2013
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“Free admission with lots to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

The museum is housed on one side of the arch of this historic building - which is worth visiting all by itself.
The military museum has lots of exhibits, military colours, vehicles and uniforms throughout the history of the army. The aircraft hanger has a wide range of aircraft from the earliest flights past to present, including - a couple of Spitfires, a hurricane and a mosquito from WWII, a Phantom, Mig 23 and F16 as well as a Hind from more recent times. Well worth a trip if you like this sort of thing. There is also a cafe within the hanger, where you can get tea, coffee, alcohol and light bites.

Visited March 2013
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“One visit might not be enough !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Visited here in mid February.
Was pleasantly surprised that there was no admission fee.
The museum is huge - enjoyed the aircraft most - they have hundreds
of exhibits from different eras. This part of the museum is unheated so take
warm clothes if you're visiting in cold weather.
We didn't manage to visit the arch as it was closed the day we were there.
Note - the museum closes for lunch 1200 - 1300.
Plenty of parking if you arrive by car.

Visited February 2013
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