The best museums in Belgium in 2021

These are the top 100 best museums in Belgium, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2021. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Belgium:

  1. Belfry of Bruges1

    Belfry of Bruges

    The 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
  2. Mim - Musical instruments museum2

    Mim - Musical instruments museum

  3. Basilica of the Holy Blood3

    Basilica of the Holy Blood

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  5. Pairi Daiza4

    Pairi Daiza

  6. Horta Museum5

    Horta Museum

  7. In Flanders Fields Museum6

    In Flanders Fields Museum

    The 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
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  9. The Rubens House7

    The Rubens House

    The 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
  10. Bastogne War Museum8

    Bastogne War Museum

  11. Museum Aan de Stroom9

    Museum Aan de Stroom

    The 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
  12. Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History10

    Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

  13. Autoworld11


  14. Train World12

    Train World

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  16. Groeningemuseum13


    The Groeninge Museum is housed in a modernist museum building from the 1930s. The museum mainly exhibits works by Belgian painters from the 14th to the 20th century, from before the Flemish Primitives to modern art. The collection includes work by Bram Bogart, Hieronymus Bosch, Jean Brusselmans, Pet
  17. Stadhuis van Brugge14

    Stadhuis van Brugge

    The 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
  18. MOOF - Museum Of Original Figurines15

    MOOF - Museum Of Original Figurines

  19. Van Buuren Museum and gardens16

    Van Buuren Museum and gardens

  20. Lakenhalle Gent17

    Lakenhalle Gent

  21. Museum of Fine Arts Ghent18

    Museum of Fine Arts Ghent

    Museum 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
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  23. Antwerp Zoo19

    Antwerp Zoo

  24. Planckendael20


  25. Red Star Line Museum21

    Red Star Line Museum

  26. Plantin-Moretus Museum22

    Plantin-Moretus Museum

    Museum 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
  27. AfricaMuseum23


  28. Atomium24


  29. Botanic Garden Meise25

    Botanic Garden Meise

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  31. Ghent city museum26

    Ghent city museum

    Ghent 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
  32. Hergé Museum27

    Hergé Museum

    The 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
  33. Atlantikwall Openluchtmuseum28

    Atlantikwall Openluchtmuseum

  34. Gallo-Roman Museum29

    Gallo-Roman Museum

    The 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
  35. Natural Science Museum of Belgium30

    Natural Science Museum of Belgium

    The 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
  36. Musée Magritte Museum31

    Musée Magritte Museum

  37. Collégiale Sainte-Waudru et Trésor de Mons32

    Collégiale Sainte-Waudru et Trésor de Mons

  38. Liberty of Bruges33

    Liberty of Bruges

    The 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
  39. Bastogne Barracks34

    Bastogne Barracks

  40. Church of Our Lady Bruges35

    Church of Our Lady Bruges

    The 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
  41. Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk36

    Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk

  42. St. Bavo's Cathedral Ghent37

    St. Bavo's Cathedral Ghent

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  44. Experience Centre - Beguinage of Kortrijk39

    Experience Centre - Beguinage of Kortrijk

    Experience 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
  45. Zeilschip Mercator40

    Zeilschip Mercator

  46. Folklore Museum Bruges41

    Folklore Museum Bruges

    The Folklore Museum in Bruges displays a collection of old objects in various decors. The restored 17th-century single-room dwellings include a classroom, a pharmacy, a millinery, a grocer and a confectionery. The museum also displays a large collection of pipes, old costumes and examples of popular
  47. Memorial Museum Passchendaele 191742

    Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

    Memorial 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
  48. François Duesberg Museum of Decorative Arts (1775-1825)43

    François Duesberg Museum of Decorative Arts (1775-1825)

  49. Dossin Casern44

    Dossin Casern

  50. The Our Lady with the Rose Hospital Museum45

    The Our Lady with the Rose Hospital Museum

  51. René Magritte Museum46

    René Magritte Museum

  52. Schatkamer van de Sint-Salvatorskathedraal47

    Schatkamer van de Sint-Salvatorskathedraal

  53. Le Bois du Cazier48

    Le Bois du Cazier

  54. Art & History Museum49

    Art & History Museum

  55. Félicien Rops museum50

    Félicien Rops museum

  56. Sint-Janshospitaal Brugge51

    Sint-Janshospitaal Brugge

    The Sint-Janshospitaal is one of the oldest hospitals in Western Europe. The museum tells the story of life in this house, about faith, healthcare, and art from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Most of the furniture is well preserved. Among others, the museum displays 15th-century works by Hans
  57. Heritage Centre ǀ Sisters of Charity JM52

    Heritage Centre ǀ Sisters of Charity JM

    The 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
  58. Bruges Beer Experience53

    Bruges Beer Experience

  59. Centrale for Contemporary Art54

    Centrale for Contemporary Art

  60. Design Museum Brussels55

    Design Museum Brussels

    The 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
  61. Museum De Reede56

    Museum De Reede

    Museum De Reede focuses on the work of 3 masters in graphic art: Edvard Munch, Francisco Goya and Félicien Rops, alongside temporary exhibitions.
  62. Historium Brugge57

    Historium Brugge

    Travel back in time in Bruges. Experience in various ways how lively Bruges was during the Golden Age. Follow the fascinating story of Jan van Eyck’s apprentice in the Historium Story, with film, decors and special effects. Take an impressive virtual flight along the medieval architecture in the His
  63. DIVA, Antwerp Home of Diamonds58

    DIVA, Antwerp Home of Diamonds

    Enter 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.
  64. BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels59

    BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels

  65. Coudenberg Palace60

    Coudenberg Palace

  66. Musée Le Grand Curtius61

    Musée Le Grand Curtius

    The 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
  67. Gaasbeek Castle62

    Gaasbeek Castle

    Gaasbeek 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
  68. Mons Memorial Museum63

    Mons Memorial Museum

  69. Halle Gate64

    Halle Gate

  70. BELvue museum65

    BELvue museum

  71. Museumschip Amandine66

    Museumschip Amandine



  73. Snijders&Rockoxhuis68


    The 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
  74. Museum Dr. Guislain69

    Museum Dr. Guislain

    Museum 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
  75. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Potterie70


    The Our Lady of the Pottery - Hospital 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 it
  76. Lange Max Museum71

    Lange Max Museum

    The 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
  77. Trésor de la Cathedrale de Liège72

    Trésor de la Cathedrale de Liège

  78. Bunkermuseum Antwerpen73

    Bunkermuseum Antwerpen

    In 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
  79. Museum of the City of Brussels - Breadhouse74

    Museum of the City of Brussels - Breadhouse

  80. Talbot House75

    Talbot House

    The 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
  81. Museum Mayer van den Bergh76

    Museum Mayer van den Bergh

    Museum 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
  82. Sanctuary De Zonnegloed vzw77

    Sanctuary De Zonnegloed vzw

  83. City Hall of Brussels78

    City Hall of Brussels

  84. Museum Vleeshuis79

    Museum Vleeshuis

  85. Librarium - Royal Library of Belgium80

    Librarium - Royal Library of Belgium

  86. Wildlife Reserve - Domaine of the Caves of Han81

    Wildlife Reserve - Domaine of the Caves of Han

  87. Teseum82


  88. International Carnival and Mask Museum83

    International Carnival and Mask Museum

  89. Frietmuseum84


  90. Lumina Domestica - The Lamp Museum85

    Lumina Domestica - The Lamp Museum

  91. Boudewijn Seapark86

    Boudewijn Seapark

  92. Xpo Center Bruges87

    Xpo Center Bruges

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    101st Airborne museum Le Mess

  94. Baugnez 44 Historical Center89

    Baugnez 44 Historical Center

  95. FOMU - Fotomuseum Antwerp90

    FOMU - Fotomuseum Antwerp

    The Antwerp Fotomuseum (FOMU) is one of the most prestigious photography museums in Europe. FOMU is recognised at home and abroad as a leading expert in the preservation and management of photographic heritage. The museum’s historical and contemporary collections enjoy worldwide renown. There are 3
  96. Museum aan de IJzer (IJzertoren)91

    Museum aan de IJzer (IJzertoren)

  97. Mu.ZEE92


    MU.ZEE is the museum of Belgian art. The museum owns a collection of Belgian art from 1850 to now. Highlights in Mu.ZEE’s collection are works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially by artists as James Ensor, Spilliaert and Constant Permeke. The total collection includes 3,500 works
  98. Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum93

    Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum

    The 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
  99. Sint-Janshuismolen Brugge94

    Sint-Janshuismolen Brugge

  100. Forestia95


  101. Bellewaerde96


  102. Hopmuseum Poperinge97

    Hopmuseum Poperinge

    Hopmuseum 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
  103. Design museum Gent98

    Design museum Gent

    Design 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
  104. Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi99

    Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi

  105. National Fisheries Museum100

    National Fisheries Museum

    The National Fisheries Museum Oostduinkerke (Navigo) is devoted to the history of the Flemish sea and coastal fisheries. The museum also covers beach fishing and shrimpers on horseback. The collection is exhibited in various decors and interactively accessible. The collection seeks to unite heritage

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