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“History Museum-not Fancy”
Review of BELvue Museum

BELvue Museum
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$32.59*
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The Brussels Card with Optional STIB Public Transportation
Ranked #65 of 412 things to do in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The BELvue is the no. 1 museum for learning about Belgium and its history. Fully renovated in 2016, the museum sheds light on Belgium via seven contemporary themes and a gallery of 200 Belgian objects. Combining a strong exhibition design with artful displays and a gallery full of surprising objects, the BELvue showcases Belgium's history with a contemporary twist. Located in a magnificent eighteenth-century building adjoining the Royal Palace, the museum immerses you in Belgium, with all the fascinating aspects it entails. It's Belgian culture in the broadest sense of the term!
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Good museum about the history of Belgium. The museum is done in such a way that visitors can follow "two paths" so there is a ton of information. Very well-done chronologically. If you read French, English, or Flemish you'll be able to understand everything. It's not very fancy but you will learn a lot. I didn't like how it glossed over Belgium's history in the Congo but am understanding why it is the case. You should also visit the Coudenberg Museum which is literally in the basement of this one.

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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We found this a well-organised museum in a good location. It is particularly good for people who would like to know more about how Belgium became a country, its history since then (empire, world wars, etc) and the role played by the royal family. Take the audioguide.

Also visit the Coudenberg museum (access at same premises) if you like ruins and are interested in the history of Brussels.

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Perfect intro to Belgium history - well thought through, exposed in a chronological order, very logical and on the positive side point, not heavy.

Thank Hettel
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

The museum covers the history of Brussels; its formation as a state through to its integration into the European Union. You can either follow the exhibition chronologically through 7 or 8 rooms (the first 5 or so have a good amount of information to read and look at, the latter few are more visual) or concentrate on the heads of state and royal family (in the corridors). You can, of course, do both but this would take a long time (say, two and a half hours). There is an audio guide available, but actually if you read French, Flemish or English, then it doe snot cover much more than what is written on the story boards and what is on the hand-out (quite long and covers each of the numbered exhibits). Very well done.

2  Thank StephenIre
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

As part of the Royal Palace complex, this museum is significantly under-rated. It is about the history of Belgium with particular emphasis on Brussels. A good balance of pictures, videos, and historical objects. I have traveled extensively throughout Europe and Australasia; this museum and the connecting Coldenberg for 8 euros is a bargain. You can easily spend 4 hours combined and remain completely engaged. These two museums should be in the top ten attractions and a must if you only have a weekend. Skip the City Museum in The city center, definitely not worth the time let alone the 4 euros

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