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“Excellent museum and FREE”

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
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Ranked #14 of 400 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: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
Brisbane
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent museum and FREE”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This museum is easily five stars, especially given that it is completely free! We couldn't believe the range of exhibits and items they had on display, it was the most impressive and comphensive display of military atrifacts we have ever seen. Normally museums have one or two of something, this had many!

The museum also just kept going and going. It was so large.

Particularly interesting to see in the flesh was the Nazi uniforms, as we have noticed many museums chose not to collect and display these. It also had a lot of Nazi flags and items, adding to the display and telling the story of WWII.

When we thought we were finally done, we turned the corner and there was a hanger of aircraft. My husband and I looked at each other in shock and wonder of how this museum had managed to acquire all of these aircraft!

The museum was virtually empty the whole time we walked through.

We spent hours wandering through. The only added benefit could have included English sinage, but there was some so we managed.

Be sure to visit when in Brussels, an absolute highlight!

Visited January 2014
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Roeselare, Belgium
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“Amazing, a must see”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

Unbelievable quality museum for Free. The tanks and the planes are an especial treat. very good info and presentation of fantastic peices

Visited October 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“One of the best of this kind”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

A fabulous museum of miliitary history and for sure Belgium has a lot of that. Some bits are able to be personally experienced such as sticking your head in and having a look or being invited by some of the staff to get a bit closer and perhaps a brief story or two.

All in all, one can get lost here for hours easy. Very informative and to be sure some displays have no added information whist others are in Vlaams or French all the same, very good.

Be sure to stop by the top for the views as well. The cafe is nice but not remarkable other than a great stop along the way.

No cost to enter and good parking as well.

Visited December 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Huge, lots to see”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

The museum is huge, and there is no entrance fee. It's a wonderful way of learning a little bit about historical warfare. But it would be nice to see a few more words of explanation here and there. Or maybe I missed a flyer or booklet with that information on there :) Anyway, definitely worthwhile a visit.

Visited March 2013
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Podborany
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“The interesting exhibition - no fee”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

There is many interesting halls inside of this museum, many interesting things to see - the military historical artefacts, swords, uniforms, aircrafts etc. We visited the upper view terrace with the nice view over the Brussels city. The acces to this museum and to terrace is completely without the fee.

Visited December 2013
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