Brussels has amassed a wide and eclectic collection of museums.
At the last count there are about 89 museums endorsed by the tourism information bureau and there are still more small ‘museums’ to visit such as the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate.
If you do not read French of Dutch, you will encounter some difficulties at the museums which only have these two languages available.
Ask at the counter before you go in and if you don’t mind spending an extra €2 or €3 to get an audio guide, they will usually have one in English.
For only €3, there is a great deal to see – just to see the 100 costumes for the Mannekin Pis is already worth it.
Sampling some of the museums before beginning your tour around Brussels will give you some history and knowledge of what you see before you embark on your journey.
For example, learn about the amazing history of the city at the Museum of Brussels City before exploring the “inner ring” of the city with new eyes.
Museum of Brussels City Browse this museum for a quick history of the city that you are about to visit.
There are three floors, each dedicated to several aspects of the city from economic development, social development, and city development to the history of Brussels’ favourite mascot the Peeing Boy.
Or have a brief tour of the Museum of Belgian Brewers to understand the types of beers you will find on restaurant menus and how they make it! There is a huge selection of Brussels museums and here is just a few of the popular ones listed to help you. There are large, spacious and information-rich museums such as the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Museum of Fine Arts.
And then there are small, quaint interest-based museums such as the Belgian Beer Brewers museum or the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate.