Today L and I took a trip to the Belgian Museum of Natural Sciences. Located in the European Quarter of Brussels. The Museum is part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have to say we were both very impressed. Now this museum is not as big as some but I thought it was just the right size. There is nothing worse than dragging a bored child around a huge museum force feeding them history and culture!
Entry prices vary, standard adult price is €7. Children under the age of 6 go free with a full paying adult. On the first Wednesday of the month entry is free for all after 1pm! There is a very handy free coat and bag drop if you don’t fancy lugging them around.
The museum is very easy to navigate around and there is excellent disabled access to all floors.
The museum covers a wide range of subjects from the formation of the earth, prehistoric history such as dinosaurs, evolution, animal species, biodiversity and lots more.
I loved the design of this museum. It’s very light and bright with lots of room to move around. The building is a great mix of old and new with some areas dating to 1846 when the museum was first opened. The dinosaur hall is the largest of its type in world and focuses on the discovery of numerous Iguanodon fossils in a Belgian mine!
We both loved the large collection of models and fossils. Everything from huge dinosaur fossils to beautifully preserved butterflies.
There is also a very impressive collection of spiders, beetles, stick insects and scorpions to discover…..all live, no models here!
L was particularly fascinated by the section on the evolution of man and the human body. So fascinated in fact that he insisted we watch a video of a baby being born (in graphic detail I might add), I guess you can’t use the stork story forever. My 5 year old now knows where babies really come from!
There are many interactive areas within the Museum. You can dig for fossils, put a human skeleton together, draw a dinosaur masterpiece plus lots more.
We spent around 3 hours exploring all of the floors and different areas. Our feet were aching by this stage so we made our way through the gift shop (of course we ended up some dinosaur paraphernalia!!) We then popped into the Dino Cafe for a drink, the cafe serves hot and drinks as well as light meals and snacks.
Our final verdict of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels is a definite thumps up. I would highly recommend a visit, there really is something for everyone here!
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