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“Old masters museum - yes please!”

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
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Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #16 of 411 things to do in Brussels
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Considered one of Brussels' greatest museums, it houses an extensive collection of works from the Flemish School, featuring a number of masterpieces by Peter Bruegel.
Reviewed September 30, 2013

While I've had the good fortune to travel quite a bit, this was my first chance to see many of the Netherlands masterpieces in person. Van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Hieronymus Bosch, Lucas Cranach, Pieter Bruegel the Elder...the list goes on. Well worth the time if you have a love of medieval and renaissance art.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We visited the Ancient Museum and thoroughly enjoyed Bosch, Rubens, and especially the Breughel room. The rooms are well lit and the exhibits well laid out, surrounding a giant atrium, and when we were there it was mostly empty, so it was delightfully easy to go through at our own pace. We skipped many of the seemingly endless primitives (but if you enjoy that period, it's a treasure trove), and concentrated on later periods. It was a joy to go through it.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We were so disappointed to find that all the modrn section of the museum (opened only about 20 years ago) is now closed with no date for reopening, just a vague promise of a fin-de siècle museum at some point. There were splendid and unusual paintings there and what is left, although interesting, is not as good as can be seen elsewhere in Belgium.

The renovation has left the museum effectively with no lift. OK the staff will let you use the goods lift to go up but then there's nobody there to get you down. That's a disgrace.

Also be careful of the restaurant. Elegant but over-priced. Our dish came with a major ingredient missing but, did anybody care?

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This museum is a must, especially if you like Bosch, Breughel and/or Flemish primitives. There's lots more to see too, though, including some great Rubens and David's Death of Marat.

This museum was delightfully uncrowded, and you can really get close to the work and enjoy it. (Breughel's Fall of the Rebel Angels is astounding in person). The building itself is beautiful in a stately way, too.

There was also an intriguing and fun exhibit of contemporary sculpture by Jan Fabre when we were here, some funny and slightly disturbing self-portrait busts with animal parts superimposed. Weird and cool.

There was apparently some work being done in the Fin de Siecle part of the museum, so we missed that, but I guess that means we'll have to come back and see it when it's fixed!

The bookstore is one of the better museum bookstores I've been to as well. It has, y'know, books in it! About art! What an amazing idea. I'm looking at you, Rijksmuseum.

If you like painting before 1850, don't miss this!

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This museum was a welcome reprieve from the crowds of some of the surrounding attractions. We have been to the Louvre and Rijksmuseum which were so crowded that it was actually hard to see the paintings. In this Musee de Beaux Arts, the rooms are very well laid out, the light is wonderful, the atmosphere was calm yet welcoming, and there is a great collection of paintings! The only drawback might be a lack of explanations in English. There are boards in each room that give a Fench and Dutch version to explain the paintings. There is a cloakroom, clean washrooms, and a cafe in the building.

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