Europe's best Musical Instrument Museum, at least that's what they say. The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) in Brussels is at least generally rated the best in Europe. Located in the city center, on top of the Mont des Arts, the museum can actually be seen on a lot of postcards of the city because of its spectacular Art Deco design. Inside, you can see all kinds of instruments, including a spectacular collection of pianos, as well as a workshop demonstrating how they were built. The museum has several floors, and it's worth paying attention to the Art Deco-style stairs and railings.
You may not want to spend the 6 euros it costs to get into the Belgian Comic Strip Center museum, but it's worth visiting because the building itself is free (and so is using the bathroom - something not common in Belgium, in case you are in urgent need!). The building itself is stunning, one of the few remaining examples of Art Nouveau in the city. In the main room on the ground floor, to the right, you will find a small exhibition about the history of the building and Art Nouveau, with pictures and explanations in English and French. Next, there's a small bar that will allow you to enjoy the stunning interior of the building. From the ground floor you have a view of the glass roof, and you can enter the comic book store full of famous comic icons like Tintin, the Smurfs, and Spirou.
This is a museum complex named after a famous ammunition manufacturer from Liege, Jean de Court, known as Curtius (1551-1627). It brings together the collections of religious art and Meuse, weapons, decorative arts, glass and archeology. The building are from different periods and all have different styles. Open from 10 to 18h it's closed on Tuesdays.
In the central square of Bruges, you can find this museum dedicated to the great Spanish painter. As a lover of Dali, I couldn't let the opportunity pass me by. The museum costs 10 euros, and has some great works on display. You can also see works by the impressionist painter Pal Sarkozy.
Now known as "The Memling Museum" (as it was the home of the German artist Hans Memling), this old hospital is a beautiful building that dates back to the late Middle Ages and still retains some of its charm and original features. It is one of the oldest medieval hospitals still standing, and one of the best preserved. In fact, the museum occupies only part of the building. The exterior was more impressive to me than the interior, though that too was worth visiting. I'm not sure why this is ignored by so many visitors.
The most famous Belgian culinary invention is the chip, and in Bruges they've created a museum dedicated to it - the Frietmuseum. It is located inside the oldest building in the city, the Market of the Genoese. Here, you can learn all about the history and production of this popular food - growing, harvesting, peeling, and grading potatoes. The tour ends with a tasting of fries, accompanied by various sauces. Admission to the museum costs € 6, and it's open every day from 10 to 17h.
Set behind the majestic clock tower plaza Charles II is where you'll find the collections that are in the Museum of Fine Arts that are based on the works of Belgian artists from the sixteenth century all the way up until present day. You can admire great industrial landscapes Pierre Paulus and Paul Delvaux Annunciation. It has an entire room dedicated to Rene Magritte, showing the beginning of his career and his Surrealist period.
You'll find the Namur Citadel in a great location, on eight acres of green landscape at the confluence of the two rivers. Apart from its historical aspect and the magnificent views, from April onwards you'll see diverse attractions that will definitely make the visit more fun, especially for children, there is a tourist train or underground can be visited. Below is the Archaeological Museum, in a Renaissance building in the mid-sixteenth. It contains a rich collection of antique prehistoric and Gallo-Roman, and an interesting copy of the plan of the ancient city.
The Museum of Liege Aquarium is located in a stunning old building on the banks of the river Meuse. Here you'll find 2500 specimens of 250 species of fish from oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers around the world divided among 46 aquariums. You can also see about 20,000 stuffed animals from all the continents.
This house, the home of Erasmus of Rotterdam, is now a museum. Visit can be divided into two parts: the house and the stunning garden. In the house you can see paintings, sculptures and manuscripts that Erasmus created to explain life and his thoughts. The garden is divided into two parts: one part with medicinal plants and the other has philosophical areas. I went in winter so having an ice cream and seeing the medicinal plants did not make the same impression as in other seasons, still their presence makes a perfect garden. Next to each plant were very funny dolls shaped like people, indicating what part of the body the plant was healing. In the philosophical garden area, which could be seen as planters covered in grass with tree leaf shapes (all different) and in which new plants grow. It was very cold when I went and I guess in any other season, the plants would be much nicer, but anyway, despite the weather, the visit was worthwhile :)
This is the Museum of Fine Arts in Bruges. It was originally a drawing academy, founded in 1716. The museum is on one level, and was subsequently extended to other rooms which house temporary exhibitions. You can enter through a garden; it's not your typical museum seen from the street. Inside you can see a fabulous collection of paintings ranging from the fifteenth century to today. Highlights include works by Jan van Eyck, as well as the work of Hieronymus Bosch "The Last Judgement", a work that I found particularly interesting because it was super-advanced for its time. The opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 to 17:00.
The 18th century mansion still retains the name of their former owners and attempts to recreate the life of the aristocracy in the Age of Enlightenment. Showcases with art objects, sculptures by artists from Namur, glassware and silverware etc, a pleasant French garden adds beauty.