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“Interesting museum, but a little outdated...”

Museum of Natural Sciences
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The Brussels Card with Optional STIB Public Transportation
Ranked #13 of 412 things to do in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Meet the famous Bernissart Iguanodons in the largest Dinosaur Gallery in Europe, learn about the human body and how we evolved in the Gallery of Humankind and go back in time in the Gallery of Evolution. You can also find out about urban species in BiodiverCITY, discover specimens which illustrate the Museum’s history in the 250 years of Natural Sciences hall, admire the magnificent crystals in the Mineral Hall, and experience something new every year by visiting our temporary exhibitions or by taking part in one of our Education Service’s interactive activities. www.naturalsciences.be During Belgian School Holidays: Tuesday> Sunday: 10.00> 18.00 During the Belgian school year: Tuesday> Friday: 9.30> 17.00 | Week-end : 10.00> 18.00
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed February 21, 2014

A large museum, with a range of exhibits from rocks and minerals to insects and sealife. Some impressive examples of dinosaur skeletons and prehistoric animals. Lots and lots of taxidermy!
Information in English is limited and only available on some exhibits and some looked a little outdated and could do with some refreshing. But overall an interesting museum to visit if you're in the area of the European Parliament.

1  Thank Sophie B
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Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

This is overall a C or C+ natural history museum, but what makes it worth your time is the accidental discovery in a Belgium coal mine in Bernissart in the late 1800s. While working across a clay deposit to another coal seam, miners discovered dinosaur bones.

At a time today when many dinosaur specimens are known only by one example or even one fragmentary example, at this museum are nine nearly complete Iguanodon specimens on display.

Beneath the display on a lower floor is a physical recreation of how they were found in the floor of the coal mine.

This is reason enough to see this museum. Unfortunately the bones are posed on a now, known to be incorrect posture, but still very impressive to see so many excellent examples.

My advice is to go if you want to see the Iguanodons, but if you are not into dinosaurs skip this museum.

2  Thank Bradford L
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

It was a nice educational experience on animals past. It could probably benefit from being interactive

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

So apparently there is a nice exposition going on in the museum about baby animals which should be great for kids. It's a pity that we didn't get to see it due to a very inefficient management of this museum.
Before heading to Brussels, I checked the website. It said that the exposition could be sold out but there is no way of knowing this since there isn't anyone who picks up the phone nor is there any mention of this on the website. It is also impossible to buy tickets online. They do say that you can buy tickets for a certain date but only in the museum itself. So what you have to do, if you wanted to visit this exposition, is: go down to the museum, book a ticket for a certain date and come back on this date. How inefficient!! What if you live abroad? Or simply do not have all the free time in the world to head down to a museum to just buy tickets?
We decided to risk it … silly us. We went to the museum with two kids who really wanted to see some baby animals but alas, sold out. So we decided to do the regular tour of the museum, which was really stuffy and old fashioned without any real good interactive activities for small kids. They should take a trip to the London Museum of Science or the Museum of Natural History in London where there are actual dinosaurs in stead of only bones and skeletons to get some tips!
At 5.30 PM we left and decided that we would buy some tickets for the exposition on baby animals to come back on a later date, because we had heard good things about it. The museum only closes at 6 PM but the cashier told me cold blooded that we were to late. The cash register had already closed and it was impossible to buy tickets after 5.29 PM!!! Can you believe this??? In this day and age … so if we would like to go to the baby animals exposition we would have to go down to the museum once more, buy tickets, before 5.29 PM of course, and then come back again. I think I'll find something else to do with my time!

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

The dinosaur exhibit was amazing -- tons of fossils, large and small, and they are displayed really well. Definitely worth the trip if you like dinosaurs. The rest of the museum is corny and isn't really worth seeing though.

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