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These 6 museums are always free to visit in Brussels

You love museums and need a cultural injection now and then, but you’re nearing the end of your savings? That’s not an excuse to skip a museum! We serve up the Brussels museums that are always free of charge. And we’d like to debunk all the rubbish about free of charge as it really isn’t equal to less interesting!

Wiertz Museum

Located in the former studio and house of the all-round Belgian artist Antoine Wiertz. Altough it’s one of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, it’s less known to the general public and therefore has two big advantages: free access and less crowded museum halls. The quirky romantic in Wiertz, deeply inspired by Renaissance and Baroque masters as Michelangelo, Raphael and Rubens, left us with a wide variety of giant canvases, sculptures and sketches.

Maison des Arts

The Maison des Arts is a contemporary art centre, housed in an early-nineteenth-century town house, which hosts arts exhibitions and develops programmes with partners that promote access for all to contemporary art.


ISELP is one of the most prominent places devoted to contemporary art in Brussels. The higher institute for the study of plastic language organises three exhibitions annually, artistic residencies, courses and conferences, and contemporary art mediation projects.

Meunier Museum

As one of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, also the Meunier Museum has the aforementioned advantages as the Wiertz Museum. The studio house of Constantin Meunier is a trip to the end of the 19th century: think socialism and industrialization. Meunier captures those main trends of his time, a defining juncture in our history, in a highly realistic style.


Europe is open to everyone right? As for the Parlamentarium, deservedly located in the capital of Europe, this seems to be spot on! Through a dynamic display it takes ‘interactivity’ as we know it in museums to a next level. The dense political structures and quite complicated ins and outs of the European Parliament are effortlessly explained in all the official languages spoken by EU citizens.

House of European History

Past and present of the Europe both find a beautiful setting in the Eastman Building and leafy Léopold Park! The House of European History's exhibits are available in all 24 official European Union languages.