These are the best museums in Belgium:
Belfry of BrugesBrugesThe Bruges ‘stadshallen’ and Belfry are protected monuments and recognized as world heritage. On the top floor, visitors can enjoy a view over Bruges and its surroundings. In addition, the clock mechanism of the carillon with 47 bells can be viewed. The treasury can also be visited where in the past
In Flanders Fields MuseumYpresThe In Flanders Fields Museum is housed in the Cloth Hall of Ypres. The museum is dedicated to the First World War and focuses on the personal stories in the larger story of the conflict that partly determined world history. The permanent exhibition highlights the leading up to the war, the invasion
Bastogne War MuseumBastogneThe Bastogne War Museum is a memorial dedicated to World War II in Belgium. It places the causes, events and consequences of World War II in a modern context, with special attention to the Battle of the Bulge.
Museum Aan de StroomAntwerpThe MAS – Museum Aan de Stroom is housed in a tall building with a spiral tower of 62 meters high and offers a beautiful panorama of Antwerp. The museum brings art and heritage of the city, the ‘stroom’, the harbor and the world together. The MAS unites the following various collections: the former
AutoworldBrusselsAutoworld is located in the halls of the Jubilee Park. Through 250 vehicles of various origins, the museum shows the development of the automobile. The collection exhibited by Autoworld ranges from horse-drawn carriages to sports cars from the 1960s, from motorcycles with a rich past to the represen
Basilica of the Holy BloodBrugesThe Museum of the Holy Blood tells the story of the relic of the Holy Blood that Count Thierry of Alsace is said to have brought with him from the Holy Land (1150). Showpiece of the museum is the reliquary of the Holy Blood, made by the Bruges goldsmith Jan Crabbe (1617), with thirty kilos of gold a
Mim - Musical instruments museumBrusselsThe Mim (Musical Instrument Museum) is housed in an 1899 Art Nouveau building. The museum displays a collection of some 1,500 musical instruments. There are also sound recordings from antiquity to the present day. Mechanical and the 20th-century instruments and bells are displayed underground. On th
Horta MuseumSaint-GillesThe Horta Museum is dedicated to the Belgian architect Victor Horta (1861-1947). The museum is located in this architect's private home and studio, which have been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2000. The interior of the museum consists of 11 half floors around a narrow central staircase. The mu
The Rubens HouseAntwerpThe Rubens House is the rebuilt and refurbished house of the Flemish Baroque painter, draftsman and diplomat Peter Paul Rubens. The museum displays work by Rubens himself, but also from peers as Anthony Van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens. The visitor learns about the lives of Flanders greatest painter. Rub
MOOF - Museum Of Original FigurinesBrusselsIn the MOOF - Museum Of Original Figurines, visitors get to know more than 650 figures as well as original objects.
Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military HistoryBrusselsThe Royal Museum of the Army and Military History is dedicated to ten centuries of military history. The common thread is the history of Belgium from the 18th century through World War II, but other countries are also featured. The collection includes uniforms, weapons, flags, pennants and badges of
Train WorldSchaerbeekPay us a visit and experience an unforgettable day in the Train World universe. You will discover the most beautiful and unique pieces of the history of the Belgian railroads. We combine the fascinating story of the train through the ages with a glimpse of the future. Attention: last admission at 3:
GroeningemuseumBrugesSix centuries of Belgian visual arts in one location, with work by Flemish primitives such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling and Gerard David, neo-classicism by Joseph Odevaere and Joseph Ducq, Flemish expressionism, and 20th century modern art by René Magritte, Roger Raveel, Raoul De Keyser.
Lakenhalle GentGhentThe Ghent Cloth Hall is a building that was used as a trading and stacking place for cloth in the Middle Ages. The building also houses the museum of the Guild of St. Michael - a fencing museum.
Openluchtmuseum BokrijkGenkOpen air museum Bokrijk consists of reconstructed and furnished buildings, and small buildings from different areas and periods in Flanders, from sty to clergy houses. The collection includes 30,000 pieces of heritage that together illustrate daily life of the 17th century to 1950. Visitors experien
Museum of Fine Arts GhentGhentMuseum of Fine Arts Ghent is one of the oldest museums in Belgium. The museum displays a collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, drawings and graphics. It owns two works by Hieronymus Bosch and etchings of James Ensor. In addition, it displays works by Maarten Van Heemskerck, Pieter Breughe
City Hall of BrugesBrugesThe Town Hall of Bruges is one of the oldest town halls in the Low Countries that was completed in 1421. It served as a model for many other town halls. The Gothic room was created in its present form between 1895 and 1905 after a fire in 1887. Construction components also serve as decoration: medal
De Koninck BreweryAntwerp
Van Buuren Museum and gardensUccleThe Van Buuren Museum is a "house museum," a 1928 Dutch-style art deco home furnished by several reputable interior designers, decorators and the owners: banker and patron David van Buuren and his wife Alice. The museum also features a collection of paintings from the 15th to the 20th century. Among
Red Star Line MuseumAntwerpThe Red Star Line Museum is dedicated to the historic transatlantic migration from Europe to America, on the transport company Red Star Line and the transit port of Antwerp. The museum focuses on the stories of the Red Star Line passengers. Visitors travel with the passengers in the museum, as it we
Zeilschip MercatorOstendThe Mercator was the training ship for the officers of the Belgian merchant marine from 1932 to 1960. Now the ship is anchored in the marina in front of Ostend City Hall and is maintained in its original condition.
AtomiumBrusselsThe Atomium has a permanent exhibition called: 'Atomium. From symbol to icon' which tells the story of more than 50 years of history of a pavilion that has become the symbol of Brussels and Belgium. It covers the history of the Atomium. Next, it tells the story of its decline in the late 1990s befor
Meise Botanic GardenMeiseTo visit Meise Botanic Garden is to enjoy plant growth and blossoms, fragrance and colour, opulence and variety – at any time of the year. 20,000 plant species from all over the world grow in a large, green oasis of 92 hectares, either outside in the domain, or inside in one of our iconic glasshouse
Ghent city museumGhentGhent City Museum (STAM) is housed in the 14th-century Bijloke Abbey. The museum depicts the story of Ghent with more than 300 collection pieces and interactive multimedia. Visitors take a journey through time. The story begins with the growth and prosperity of the medieval city. The modern city of
Hergé MuseumOttignies-Louvain-la-NeuveThe Hergé Museum is housed in a building designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc and is dedicated to the Belgian cartoonist Hergé, which is mainly known for The Adventures of Tintin. The museum features more than 80 original drawings, 800 photographs, documents and objects. Hergé is no
Atlantikwall RaversydeOstendThe Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum is located on the protected Provincial Domain of Raversijde. It features sixty structures, positions, bunkers and batteries, from the two world wars connected by open and underground passages. It is one of the best preserved remnants of the Atlantic Wall in Europe.
Gallo-Roman MuseumTongerenThe Gallo-Roman Museum is located at a place where a Roman villa was situated in the past. The museum displays a collection of artefacts from arrowheads to coins that provide an overview from prehistory to the Merovingian period. The showpiece of the museum is the treasure of Ambiorix, 94 coins that
Natural Science Museum of BelgiumBrusselsThe Natural Science Museum of Belgium has a large collection of about 36 million pieces, of which fifteen million insects and nine million other invertebrates. In addition, the museum displays minerals and moon rocks, dinosaurs and mammoths, whale skeletons, shells and the Neanderthal man Spy. Speci
Musée Magritte MuseumBrusselsThe Musée Magritte Museum (MMM) is located in the Altenloh Hotel, a neo-classical building designed in the 19th century by Alphonse Balat. The museum is dedicated to oeuvre, thought and life of Belgian surrealist painter Magritte. The museum displays more than 200 works by his hand.
Collégiale Sainte-Waudru et Trésor de MonsMons
St. Bavo's Cathedral GhentGhentSt. Bavo's Cathedral Ghent is characterized by a collection of religiously inspired art accumulated over centuries. The oldest objects date from the 8th century, the youngest from the 20th century. A showpiece is the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," a work by brothers Jan and Hubrecht Van Eyck.
Plantin-Moretus MuseumAntwerpMuseum Plantin-Moretus is the only museum in the world that is on the Unesco World Heritage List. It is a combination of a patrician house from the 16th to 18th century, a printing company that was founded in 1550 and active until the 19th century, a collection of art and a collection of manuscripts
François Duesberg Museum of Decorative Arts (1775-1825)MonsA unique space ! Opposite St. Waudru's Collegiate Church, discover an exceptional museum of decorative arts (1775-1825) with a multicultural, humanist and educational approach, and featuring not only a prestigious collection of clocks, unique in the world, but also majestic French gilt bronzes, sup
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917ZonnebekeMemorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is housed in a castle that was devastated during World War. In 1925 it was rebuilt in Norman style. The museum illustrates the five battles at Ypres. Visitors walk into a German trench, descend into a British six meter deep dugout with headquarters, a communication
Dossin CasernMechelenKazerne Dossin is linked to the history of the Holocaust in Belgium. Between 1942 and 1944, the Nazis used the Dossin barracks as an assembly camp to gather Jews and Gypsies. From here, 25,484 Jews and 352 Gypsies left for Auschwitz- Birkenau. The museum tells the story of the persecution of Jews an
The Our Lady with the Rose Hospital MuseumLessinesThe Hôpital Notre-Dame à la Rose was founded in 1242 as a shelter for the poor and sick. It is one of the last examples of a self-sustaining hospital with farm, gardens, ice cellar and cemetery, in addition to the convent buildings and hospital. The museum has some 800 pieces of pewter, Brussels and
Museumschip AmandineOstendThe Amandine (1960-1962) is Ostend's last Icelandic vessel. Once the Icelandic fleet numbered more than 80 ships, but in some 65 years some 25 perished. From 1974, this ship went fishing in the North for cod, but also haddock, red gurnard, red sea bream and plaice, among others. The Amandine is in d
Liberty of BrugesBrugesThe Liberty of Bruges is a country house from 1726 to 1795 where the seat of the government of the ‘Brugse Vrije’ was. It was built on the place where the second residence of the Count was situated. Since the late 18th century to 1984, the court was housed here. Now the City Archives have found a ho
Museum of the Church of Our Lady BrugesBrugesThe Church of Our Lady is a Gothic church from the 13th to 15th century. The collection of treasures includes twelve apostle sculptures that support the pillars, paintings by Jacques-Louis David, Bernard van Orley, Adriaan Isenbrandt, Pieter Pourbus and Gaspar de Crayer and the rococo pulpit with sy
Sint-Carolus BorromeuskerkAntwerpThe Jesuits built the Baroque church of St. Charles Borromeo between 1615 and 1621. Rubens had an important share in the decoration of the facade and the crowning of the tower.The apse of the main altar, the Marian chapel and the sculptures and carvings still testify to the former splendor.
TechnopolisMechelenTechnopolis is the Flemish do-center for science and technology. Through more than 300 interactive exhibits, visitors experience science and technology. In the museum you can feel, try and experiment yourself. Some examples are cycling on a cable at a height of 5 meters, landing an airplane yourself
Experience Centre - Beguinage of KortrijkKortrijkExperience Centre - Beguinage of Kortrijk illustrates the living environment of the beguines. Beguinage Kortrijk is one of the 13 Flemish beguinages that is part of the world heritage. It includes 41 houses that date from the 17th century. The experience centre is located in the Sint-Annazaal, which
BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts BrusselsBrusselsBOZAR - Palace of Fine Arts is an art center housed in a building designed by Art Deco architect Victor Horta that dates back to 1928. It hosts about 20 thematic or individual exhibitions of ancient or contemporary art each year. There are also concerts and space for contemporary theater and contemp
Coudenberg PalaceBrusselsThe site of Coudenberg had been an important center of power since the 12th century. In the late 14th century and early 15th century, the castle of the Dukes of Brabant was enlarged by the Dukes of Burgundy, including Archdukes Albrecht and Isabella and Charles V. In 1731, a fire destroyed the entir
Musée Le Grand CurtiusLiègeThe Curtius Museum (Musée Le Grand Curtius) is a museum of archaeology and decorative arts. The building that houses the museum was a private mansion for Jean Curtius, a Belgian manufacturer who provided gunpowder to the Spanish army. It was built somewhere between 1597 and 1610 in the typical regio
Museum of Folk Life BrugesBrugesIn the Volkskundemuseum (Museum of Folk Life) you learn about ordinary daily life in Bruges in the 19th and early 20th centuries. You enter an old classroom, an old pharmacy, a tailor’s workshop, a confectionery store, or grocery store. Time seems to have stood still in these restored labourer's dwe
Gaasbeek CastleLennikGaasbeek Castle is a medieval castle that has had an eventful history. The castle evolved from a strategic stronghold to a large estate. One of the most famous owners was the Earl of Egmont. The visitor walks in the Gaasbeek Castle through historical interiors, where tapestries, paintings, furniture
Flanders Toy MuseumMechelenThe Mechelen Toy Museum displays toys from around the world, and from all times. Among others, the museum shows an ancient Greek doll in terracotta, a priest set from 1920 to play priest, electro from 1950, the Battle of Waterloo with 8,000 miniature soldiers, the predecessors of Lego and a Märklin
Mons Memorial MuseumMonsThe Mons Memorial Museum covers three periods: the period 1830-1914; the Great War: 1914-1918 and World War II: 1940-1945. It displays collection pieces related to these three periods.
Halle GateBrusselsThe Halle Gate is the only preserved city gate in Brussels. This 14th-century city gate tells the life story of the gate and that of the walled city. Stories of contrived plans and coincidences and of alliances and conflicts reveal how Brussels was protected from attack during the Middle Ages and th
Snijders&RockoxhuisAntwerpThe Snijders&Rockoxhuis is an early-17th-century historic building. Nicolaas Rockox (1560 - 1640) bought the property in 1603. The museum is located on the ground floor which is a good example of 17th-century Flemish living culture. The collection includes furniture, sculpture, porcelain, pottery an
BELvue museumBrusselsThe BELvue Museum is located in the Bellevue Hotel, which was built in the late 18th century on the ruins of the former castle of the Dukes of Brabant. It is the museum of Belgian history and is a center for democracy. The museum presents a picture of Belgium, its history, its socio-economic develop
CINEMATEKBrusselsCINEMATEK is the pet name of The Royal Belgian Film Archive and Museum of Cinema. In Wunderkammer, various objects illuminate the pre-history of cinema. Remix brings together images from various films and periods, creating unique connections, and four Moviolas unlock Belgian non-fiction films from t
Museum Dr. GuislainGhentMuseum Dr. Guislain is housed in the former Hospice Guislain from 1857, the first institution in Belgium specifically built for the treatment of the mentally ill. Dr. Guislain was a pioneer in that field. The museum shows the history of psychiatry and 'madness'. A photo collection illustrates life i
René Magritte MuseumJetteRené Magritte House-Museum is located in the house where the Belgian surrealist painter worked from 1930 to 1954. The museum features the painter's old apartment as well as a biographical exhibition dedicated to the painter.
Schatkamer van de Sint-SalvatorskathedraalBrugesThe Museum of St. Salvator's Cathedral is housed in the 1912 neo-Gothic chapter house. The museum displays objects from St. Salvator's Church, the demolished St. Donaas Church and the monasteries abolished in the French era. Visitors walk through some 13 centuries of art history, from early Romanesq
Art & History MuseumBrusselsThe Jubilee Park Museum is located in the Jubilee Park. The museum displays thousands of historical objects and works of art. The collection consists of Belgian archaeological objects and finds from the Near East, Iran, Egypt, China, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Americas and Classical Antiquity
Le Bois du CazierMarcinelleLe Bois du Cazier is dedicated to Wallonia's industrial past. The three industrial sectors that made the Charleroi region great are featured in the museum: the steel, coal and glass industries. Workshops allow visitors to see how metal is worked and glass is made.
Museum Mayer van den BerghAntwerpMuseum Mayer van den Bergh shows artefacts collected by Belgian art collector and art historian Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. His collection consists of more than 3,000 artefacts. The museum displays paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, drawings and tapestries. Among others, the museum displays work by
Museum of the City of Brussels - BreadhouseBrusselsThe Museum of the City of Brussels is housed in a neo-Gothic building, a 19th-century reconstruction of The Bread House by city architect Victor Jamaer. The Bread House is on the Unesco World Heritage List, along with the entire Grand Place. The museum is dedicated to the history of Brussels. Painti
Talbot HousePoperingeThe Talbot House is a 18th century house that became a relaxation haven for English soldiers in the middle of the First World War. The house is named after the killed officer Gilbert Talbot, the son of the Anglican Bishop of Winchester. The museum displays paintings, photographs and drawings made my
Félicien Rops museumNamurMuseum Félicien Rops is housed in a bourgeois house from the early 18th century. The museum is dedicated to the Belgian graphic artist, painter and caricaturist Félicien Rops (1833 - 1898). It provides an overview of all aspects of the artist and his work. Among other things, the museum pays attenti
City Hall of BrusselsBrusselsDo you know why the wing on the right of the tower is shorter than the one on the left, and why the entrance is asymmetrical? Do you know that the building still has some original parts, but that it also has many additions and restored elements? If you want to know everything about this building,
St John’s Hospital BrugesBrugesSt John's Hospital is currently undergoing a complete makeover. What exactly will the completely revamped museum and the new contemporary display look like? You can find out from Saturday 16 December 2023.
Heritage Centre ǀ Sisters of Charity JMGhentThe Heritage Centre | Sisters of Charity preserves and tells the history of the Sisters of Charity and their achievements in the field of education, health care, and welfare. By extension, we tell the story of women religious in general, of their life behind the convent walls, and of the pioneeri
Bruges Beer ExperienceBrugesBruges Beer Experience is much more than just a museum! It is a must-visit for those who wish to experience the most fascinating aspects of beer! A fresh combination of interactivity, innovative technologies and the stimulation of all senses! Taste, smell and touch the ingredients. Play the beer
Centrale for Contemporary ArtBrusselsThe Power Plant - Centrale for Contemporary Art is the contemporary art center of the City of Brussels.
Librarium - Royal Library of BelgiumBrusselsAt the Librarium - Royal Library of Belgium, visitors will learn all about the history of books, notebooks and libraries.
Wildlife Reserve - Domaine of the Caves of HanRochefort
TeseumTongerenThe Treasury of Tongeren Basilica features objects of religious art from the Merovingian period to the 19th century. The Basilica of Our Lady itself is a fine example of Gothic architecture. The collection in the treasury includes gospel books from the 11th century onward, reliquaries and shrines, t
Choco-Story, The Chocolate MuseumBrugesChoco-Story, The Chocolate Museum, is dedicated to chocolate. All facets of chocolate are covered in the museum. Among other things, it shows how the Spanish conquistadores came into contact with the "drink of the gods" that cocoa" was for the Aztecs and the journey of the cocoa drink to European ro
FrietmuseumBrugesThe Fries Museum is the only museum dedicated to fries. The museum outlines both the history of the potato and the fries and the various sauce preparations that accompany the fries. In the medieval basement, visitors can taste fries.
Lumina Domestica - The Lamp MuseumBrugesAt Lumina Domestica, visitors will discover the largest collection of lamps in the world. The collection consists of more than 6,000 antique objects. Among other things, there is attention to the evolution of the torch and grease lamp to incandescent and LED.
Design Museum BrusselsBrusselsThe Design Museum Brussels is a space dedicated to design and its history. It was launched after the acquisition of the Plasticarium by the Atomium. Since 2015, the Plastic Design Collection offers its visitors an original reflection on plastic design from the 1950s until today. Continuously enrich
Museum De ReedeAntwerpMuseum De Reede focuses on the work of 3 masters in graphic art: Edvard Munch, Francisco Goya and Félicien Rops, alongside temporary exhibitions.
Historium BruggeBrugesTravel back in time in Bruges. Experience in various ways how lively Bruges was during the Golden Age. Start your visit with an impressive virtual flight along the medieval architecture in the Historium Virtual Reality. Continue your time travel in the Historium Story. Follow the fascinating story o
Xpo Center BrugesBrugesXpo Center Bruges programs exhibitions on art, culture, science. The exhibitions take place in a piece of Bruges' heritage: the former Saint John's Hospital.
DIVA, Antwerp Home of DiamondsAntwerpEnter the world of DIVA, a cocoon of luxury and extravagance, filled with diamonds, jewellery and silverware. DIVA and her butler Jérome take you on a journey through Antwerp’s diamond story. Workmanship, anecdotes, emotions and sets await you in this museum.
Baugnez 44 Historical CenterMalmedy
101st Airborne museum Le MessBastogne
Middelheim Open Air Sculpture MuseumAntwerpThe Middelheimmuseum is an open air museum with some 400 works of art. It provides an international overview of modern and contemporary art in the park, ‘Het Huis’, ‘het Kasteel’ and the ‘Braempaviljoen’. Among others, the museum displays works by Carl Andre, Jean Arp, Wim Delvoye, Alberto Giacomett
Hopmuseum PoperingePoperingeHopmuseum Poperinge is located on the ‘stadsschaalcomplex’ where hop used to be weighed, inspected and stacked. The museum illustrates the history of the hop plant, field works, hop harvest and the various applications of hop. The collection of the museum includes authentic hop tools, historical doc
Design museum GentGhentDesign museum Gent is housed in the 18th-century Hotel de Coninck. The collection of the museum mainly consists of modern and contemporary design objects from 1860 to now. The objects that were created before 1860 form the basis for the modern and contemporary design. The old museum collection mainl
Musée de la Photographie à CharleroiMont-sur-MarchiennePhotography Museum Charleroi (Musée de la Photographie) is housed in a former Carmel in neo-Gothic style. The museum houses more than 60,000 images and 2,500 devices. The museum covers the entire history of photography, from the pioneers to contemporary artists along pictorialists, modernists, surre
IndustriemuseumGhentMIAT (Museum about industry, labour and textile) illustrates the evolution of industrial society from 1750 to now. Periods covered are: the first Industrial Revolution, the rise of the machine, the evolution of the consumption and information society, the evolving technology and everyday life. Spec
M - Treasury of Saint Peter’sLeuvenM - Treasury of St. Peter is located in the choir of Leuven's St. Peter's Church, a fine example of 15th-century Brabant High Gothic. The collection consists of religious art, with paintings, silverware, furniture and sculptures, including a late Romanesque head of Christ. Also on display are two fa
Paul Delvaux MuseumSint-IdesbaldThe Paul Delvaux Museum is dedicated to the life and work of Belgian surrealist painter Paul Devaux (1897-1994). The museum displays the most important collection of his paintings, drawings and prints. In addition to the masterpieces, personal effects and treasured souvenirs are on display.
Our Lady of the PotteryBrugesThe Our Lady of the Pottery Museum is housed in a historic hospital complex from the 13th century. The museum collection includes paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, stained glass, a silver collection, monastic and religious relics and healthcare items. The Gothic church with its baroque i
Bunkermuseum AntwerpenAntwerpIn the bunkers of Park den Brandt you can discover how during W.W.2 an important section of the enormous German Atlantikwall was commanded from them. Besides extensive information on the bunkers and Atlantikwall in general also the air war is given attention. Especially the technical aspects of the
Lange Max MuseumKoekelareThe Lange Max Museum is a must-see place for the World War I tourist on the German side of the western frontline. In a brand new contemporary museum, the visitor learns all about the huge cannon that was designed to bombard Dunkirk and Ypres. The German occupation of Koekelare during the First World
Trésor de la Cathedrale de LiègeLiègeTrésor de la Cathedrale de Liège is housed in the annexes of the monastery where art is displayed and the history of the former principality of Liège is illustrated. Most of the Treasure Room comes from the now-defunct 'Saint-Lambert' Cathedral, including two 11th-century sculpted ivory pieces and t
House of AlijnGhentThe House of Alijn is located in the Children Alijn Hospital, a former place of worship. The museum is dedicated to the popular culture in the 20th century. The basis of the collection is formed from the collection of the Museum of Folklore. The collection includes thousands of objects, documents, p