Brussels is one of our favourite cities. We recently spent some time living and working in the beautiful Belgian capital.
Now if there is one thing that I love it’s a good museum but if there’s one way to turn on the “whinge” mode in Master 7 it’s a good museum.
Thankfully when visiting Brussels you’ll find some fantastic child friendly museums that are sure to please even the toughest of critics.
Most museums in Brussels charge for entry, however on the first Wednesday of every month (after 1pm) most of the top Museums offer free entry. There’s a challenge! Trying to fit them all into one afternoon.
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Top 5 Museums in Brussels for Kids
Now the MOOF Museum (Museum of Origninal Figurines) located in the centre of Brussels really should be at the top of the list. This little museum is sandwiched between two hotels and is a hidden gem. Dedicated to celebrating Belgian comic strip characters such as The Smurfs, Asterix and Tin Tin!
Belgium is very proud of its comic book history and this museum is full of amazing models that tell the story of some iconic characters.
See our full blog post about the MOOF Museum here
Located in the impressive Parc du Cinquantenaire Autoworld Brussels is something for the boys! Well really anyone who appreciates nice cars.
There are over 250 cars on display in this vast museum! From the very earliest horse drawn vehicles to high performance vehicles and everything in between there is something for every one. They have also made sure to highlight the automotive history of Belgium in this great museum.
There is a fantastic restaurant available onsite as well as a model car shop. We definitely recommend a visit to Autoworld.
See our full blog post about Autoworld here
Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History
Located directly opposite Autoworld, the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History is definitely worth a visit.
This museum celebrates the Military history of Belgium. With amazing displays of Military memorabilia from various times in Belgian history. I would say that the main reason we would recommend visiting this museum is the absolutely fantastic Aviation Hall.
This vast hall is filled with Military aircraft, everything from fighter jets to massive cargo planes. There is also a section dedicated to Belgians first national airline, Sabena (now Brussels Airlines). There is even a passenger plane hoisted above the hall.
There is a restaurant for light meals and refreshments, located within the aviation hall what better way to enjoy a coffee than with a full sized passenger plane above your head! There is also a free locker room for coats and bags.
See our full blog post about the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History here
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Tucked away behind the European Parliament is the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Within walking distance of Autoworld and the Military Musuem.
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.
The dinosaur hall is the largest of its type in world and focuses on the discovery of numerous Iguanodon fossils in a Belgian mine.
There is a cafe within the Museum serving light meals and refreshments. There is also a free cloak room which is really handy for exploring within having to drag coats and bags around.
See our full blog post about the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences here
Belgian Comic Strip Centre
Did you know the Belgium has more comic strip artists per capita than any other country in the world? Known as the 9th art, comic strip artistry is widely celebrated! No place more so than the Belgian Comic Strip Center. Located in one of the oldest precincts in Brussels. This museum is housed within the walls of a stunning Art Nouveau building designed for Victor Horta. Kids and adults alike will love this “cultural” gem .
Learn about the history of comic books and the artists that pioneered the genre. Kids will love the areas dedicated to the Smurfs and Tin Tin. There are life sized models of Belgian favourites. There is always something new at the museum with temporary exhibitions and displays. You can grab a bite and a coffee to eat at the Horta Brasserie.
You can purchase the fantastic Brussels Card which gives you entry to 30 different museums and attractions including most of the above. You can choose from 24/48/72 hour cards.
By no means is this an exhaustive list of museums in Brussels, in fact there are so many you would need weeks to explore them all. We have listed our family friendly favourites to help you plan your visit to Belgium’s beautiful capital city.
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