Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

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Royal Museum of the Army and Military History

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Parc du Cinquantenaire


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

For those interested in military history, this museum makes for a great afternoon. Located within Cinquantenaire Park, the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History traces the world's military history over the last 10 centuries, displaying weaponry, uniforms and airplanes from various points in time. Spend a fair amount of time in the airplane hangar, which features some 130 aircraft, including zeppelins, F-16s and more. 

Recent visitors said this museum is well worth a visit and recommend seeking out the view of the city atop the terrace of the triumphal arch. Some warned that no cash is accepted and advised allotting several hours to spend in the museum.

Located about 2 miles from Grand-Place, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost 10 euros (about $11) for adults, 8 euros (about $9) for children ages 6 to 18 and are free for children younger than 6. For more information, visit the official website.

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Whether you're just passing through Brussels or here for a week, you can't miss the Grand-Place. This square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits in the heart of Brussels and is renowned for its many Gothic and Baroque-style buildings. The Grand-Place is close to many of the city's main attractions, including the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral and the beloved Manneken Pis. At Christmas, enjoy the Winter Wonders light show at night along with a massive Christmas tree, and every August, admire an enormous carpet made of flowers inside the Grand-Place.

Travelers love the Grand-Place for its stunning architecture. Recent reviewers suggested visiting during the day and night; during the day to see the details of the architecture, and at night to witness the vibrant life that takes over the square. However, a common complaint among tourists was the constant crowds (and higher prices), but that's to be expected at such a big attraction. 

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