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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
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Ranked #14 of 391 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.
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Not to miss”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

The Military Museum is located in the Parc du Cinquantenaire after the beautiful arc, and presents a wide variety of aircraft (including some nacelles airship) since the 1st www till the present. The Navy section is also interesting. In the main building wide variety of weapons, uniforms and many flags that give the room (shaped curve) fabulous look with a wide variety of goods of military history. Some videos are very instructive with emphasis on the techniques of dueling. Not to be missed.

Visited October 2013
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“Tribute to the volunteers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a large museum. I like museums, I don't like wars.
I decided to step in, attracted by its size and large collection of flying machines.
First surprise: it's free!
This is not usual for Belgium, so it's a big plus, even if it is the most shiny and flashy museum you'll ever see.
Then, while walking through exhibits -esp. the air plane collection, which seems to be their biggest asset, comes the second surprise: it's maintained and run by volunteers !!
I spoke to a couple of people restoring a WW2 plate engine, and I felt enormous respect for what they do. Looking around me, suddenly details didn't matter as much.
It's true, the museum could be better organised; however given that it's running on a shoestring and houses a large collection of military artifacts (certainly the largest in Belgium, and probably the largest for similar sized countries) the museum is well worth a visit, and a 'thank you' to all those people keeping it alive - for free.

Visited September 2013
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Oak Ridge
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“Could be so much more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

As you can see, I go to a lot of museums. For a museum of National Military history, I was disappointed. It was a mis-mash of displays and many of them are not in good repair. Although they have some very nice examples of aircraft, there were no explanations of the role the aircraft played, stories, background on pilots. The museum just did not come alive at all. It was a group of really dusty displays with very little explanation and no 'red threads' to tie it all together.

Visited October 2013
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Killarney, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“great collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

It is a big museum which has tons of artefacts, Really liked the world war 2 section and the area with all the planes. I spent 2 hours there and I could have spent another 2 hours there. You need to leave your bag in the cloakroom as you are not allowed to bring it with you. It is a great place visit and being free makes it better. Well worth a visit

Visited August 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“a huge collection within these old walls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

one of the best collections dedicated to history of the world wars you you will ever see. the collection is being extended since recently and the explanations given are very good. not surprisingly this museum is always popular with both the locals and torists.

Visited October 2013
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