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.
Palace of Charles of Lorraine
However broke you are, in this splendid palace you’ll feel like a million bucks. As the building is quite exclusive, the opening hours are as well: the former residence of Charles of Lorraine only opens up its gates every first Saturday of the month. The fame and glory of the celebrated governor, who vividly stimulated the arts and culture of Brussels, is reflected through the royal halls full of marble and curiosities.
This museum, just like the Palace of Charles of Lorraine, is part of the Royal Belgian Library. Which means a healthy adoration of that musty smell of second hand books comes in handy. The Librarium is a museum that urges to explore: the history of books is thoroughly and scientifically analysed. As the collection is renewed every 3 months, die-hards should really visit this museum four times a year.
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.
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