In a town as culturally rich as Brussels, it’s tough to choose from the myriad museums, from the obvious Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Musical Instruments (fantastic for its Horta architecture alone) to the lesser-known Geuze Museum in Anderlecht, or the Belgian centre of the comic strip and the Tram museum just outside the city in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. And we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface...
Autoworld, out at Parc Cinquantenaire, and the Central Africa Museum (at the end of a fabulous tram ride to Tervuren) are others to consider but here we’re going to tell you about another place to visit.
1830 is the year that Belgium came into being and it’s certainly grown and evolved over almost 200 years. The BELvue museum tells the story of a small country that often punches above its weight.
Its 500-plus-days without a government world record aside, this little land of just 11 million souls has been built around successes and failures, revolutions and wars, democracy and kings and we’re happy to report that this small-but-perfectly formed museum has most of the story within its nine rooms.
The older generation will remember times past, while youngsters can enjoy learning through the permanent and occasional temporary exhibitions, all set within the beautifully restored former ‘hôtel de
Bellevue’, which dates from the 18th century and is a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace and park.
Food is available and there’s also the obligatory shop - so check it out, why don’t you?