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Belgian Comic Strip Center
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Smurfs and Tintin are just a few of the cartoon characters immortalized by Belgian cartoon artists, and kids and adults alike can explore cartoon characters at the Belgian Comics Art Museum.
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Brussels seems to be dedicated to the cartoon genre and I suppose this is the cathedral of Belgian comics.
Well presented and also quite educational - I don't think I'd ever actually thought how a graphic novel/comic progressed from concept to product - I now know!
A few surprises - a life size model of Porco Rosso and a temporary exhibition of American graphics.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Great place to visit if you are a big fan o Tintin and etc. The place is big and they have a large collection, so make sure you have enough time.

Get there early, as it gets really busy.There is an 8 euros entry fee and they have free wifi.


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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I like to take foreign friends to this museum : either they are in awe of the building by Horta, either they are impressed by the amount of Belgian comics, often they are both! I have already been 3-4 times and everytime I spend hours enjoying a lot of my reading when a youngster, and discovering other comics I didn´t know yet. Definitely worth the entrance fee.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

They take their museums seriously here, and the Museum of the Comic strip is no exception. Any suggestion that this is light relief after art gallery visits is soon dispelled. It starts with an interesting history of the human race's use of art to convey stories, and moves into a depiction of the comic strip artist's craft. A special exhibition of Tintin (no surprise there!) is quite interesting too. But thereafter the entire exhibition is devoted to Belgian artists and comic characters, none of whom I had ever heard of. No doubt terribly interesting to Belgians, but very difficult to wade through otherwise! Don't get the idea that children will be amused by it, because there are no characters they will have heard of. It is the Belgian Centre for the Comic Strip after all, so there are no British or American popular characters at all. There's a passing reference to the Smurfs, but no mention even of Asterix. When were were there, there was a special exhibition of the American inventor of the Comic Strip novel. Will Eisener. Apparently he created a character called "The Spirit". Nothing interactive here for children or adults. I would only give it two stars, but for the building it's housed in, one of Victor Horta's greatest creations as a former shop; an extra star for Horta. Tip; you can see the inside of the building without seeing the museum, since the pay-desk is set well inside.

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I thought there would be much more interaction at the centre. Additionally, hard to find any displays with Tin Tin, Smurfs, Asterix etc. Underwhelming given I had higher expectations. There was a whole section dedicated to Spirou, of which I found it hard to digest given, Tin tin and smurfs are global hits and they got less than 5% of the floor space. Hopefully, they will get funding for better displays in the future.

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TineAnthoni, Guest Relations Manager at Belgian Comic Strip Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience, even if it is a negative one.

People from all over the world visit us with many different expectations, and it's good to know what they are!

As for your experience, I would like to add here that we are indeed planning a major renovation of our 'Belgian' exhibit. We will give more importance to international bestsellers such as The Smurfs and Tintin since we know that these series are really important for our international visitors.

On the other hand, signage in the museum will be modernized and made more visible. Apparently we didn't make clear enough the fact that the Spirou exhibition and the top floor are all temporary exhibits.

Best regards,

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