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Rue Vautier 29


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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Set aside plenty of time to spend at this museum, which will delight the science and dinosaur lovers of all ages. With some 38 million specimens on hand (only a fraction of which are on display), this museum has the largest natural history collection in Europe behind those in Paris and London. Don't miss the dinosaur gallery, the largest room in Europe devoted to dinos, to see a replica of the largest and most complete male T. rex known today, along with 30 complete iguanodon skeletons that were discovered in Belgium 1878. 

Past visitors said the museum is a great activity for kids, with many praising the dinosaur collection. Some reviewers advised visiting a weekday to avoid crowds.

Located about 1 1/2 miles from the Grand-Place, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During Belgian school holidays, the museum welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for the permanent exhibits cost 7 euros (about $8) for adults, 6 euros (about $7) for students and 4.50 euros (about $5) for children ages 6 to 17. Children younger than 6 can enter for free. The museum advises utilizing public transportation to access its facilities. The Brussels-Luxembourg railway station is a 5-minute walk from the museum. The museum can also be reached via bus, metro and bike. A museum shop and cafe are also located on-site. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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#1 Grand-Place

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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