Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, located in Brussels' historic center, is a group of six different art museums: the Oldmasters Museum, Modern Museum, Meunier Museum, Wiertz Museum, Magritte Museum and the Fin-de-Siècle Museum. Together, they offer a collection of 20,000 works, dating from the 15th century to modern day. Walking through the halls, travelers will be able to see works from Rubens, Rodin, Gauguin, Magritte and many more. There's also an impressive collection of works from the Flemish school, including Pieter Bruegel.

Past travelers were impressed with the museum's vast collection of art. Considering the size of the collection, many suggested allotting 2 1/2 or more hours to not just see the works, but to appreciate and enjoy them.

Museum hours vary depending on day of the week and the museum. The cost of tickets ranges depending on the number of museums you plan to visit; tickets can cost as much as 15 euros (about $16.25) for adults. Admission for children is free. The museum is also free to any visitors the first Wednesday of every month after 1 p.m. Hours of operation vary by museum. Visit the official website for more information.

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