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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
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$32.71*
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Ranked #21 of 406 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We didn't have a very long visit as it does close early at 4.30. But the museum is really good- so much information and loads of interesting displays. All the information has English text and the focus is on general military history, it's not all solely about Belgium. Worth a visit and its free!

1  Thank A2005fl
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

we did car museum, skybar for a drink and then up to the top of the big archway to enjoy the veiw. Well worth a stop and leg stretch if doing the hop on hop off bus tour

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Allow plenty of time to see this museum packed with exhibits. At first it appears to be just Napoleonic period (much valuable material) and later development of the Belgian army. In fact (and this is not so well sign-posted) it includes one of the best displays of WW2 experience that we had ever seen, complete with a graphically displayed, stage-by-stage account of every aspect of the war (including Battle of the Atlantic) and the uniforms of every army taking part. Churchill and the Blitz are given due prominence, with an effigy of the man himself smoking a cigar amidst the bomb damage. A really first-class display. Then there's a huge collection of aircraft from horrifyingly fragile kite-like machines to some of the latest jet fighters and hellicopters. In a courtyard are several tanks, some from WW2. We didn't have time for the musket and rifle collection and the 1914-18 wing is being upgraded, so there's plenty for us to see next time. A must for anyone with the slightest interest in any aspect of warfare.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This museum is worth visiting if you like old aircraft (civilian and military) military history and uniforms , some 100 years old. Museum was built in 1908 and some exhibits are from that date with handwritten labels .very unique. Good WW1 and WW2 rooms.

1  Thank Ken H
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

For the amount of publicity made about the museum i was shocked that most of the displays did not have any English explanation or listing.

This made the museum quite boring walking past multiple displays of rifles, swords, uniforms and canons.

There is a level about world war 2 which looked interesting but due to nothing being in English we had no option but to imagine things ourselves or walk past to the next one !

Disappointing overall.

1  Thank Santosh G
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