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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Brussels: City Card with STIB Public Transportation

2. Brussels: City Card with STIB Public Transportation

Save time and money in Brussels and get access to 49 museums and attractions. Choose from a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour Brussels Card and create your own itinerary in the city. Present your card at the ticket desk of any of the participating venues and it will be electronically validated and activated on first use. Benefit from free access to all permanent collections, along with most temporary exhibitions at participating museums (excluding the Old Masters Museum, Natural Sciences Museum, Cinquantenaire Museum, and the Hall Gate). You can visit the same museum as many times as you like.  Avail of discounts on various attractions and tours, along with exclusive offers at shops, restaurants, and bars. Plan your visit with the free booklet you’ll receive when you exchange your voucher and make use of the STIB public transportation network to travel for free. Museums: • AfricaMuseum • Art & History Museum • Art & Marges Museum • Autoworld Brussels • Autrique House • Belgian Chocolate Village • Belgian Comic Strip Center • Belgian Museum of Freemasonry • BELvue Museum • Boghossian Foundation BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) • Brussels City Museum • CENTRALE for contemporary art • Charlier Museum • Choco-Story Brussels • CIVA • Coudenberg Palace • Design Museum Brussels • Erasmus House and Old Beguinage • Fashion & Lace Museum • Fin-de-Siècle Museum • Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) • GardeRobe MannekenPis • Halle Gate • Jewish Museum of Belgium • KANAL - Centre Pompidou • KBR museum • La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work • Le Botanique Magritte Museum • Maurice Béjart House • Meise Botanic Garden • MIGRATIEMUSEUMMIGRATION MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast • Museum of Art • MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines) • Museum of abstract art • Museum of Medicine • Museum of Natural Sciences • Museum of the Belgian Brewers • Musical Instruments Museum • Old Masters Museum • Planetarium of Brussels • René Magritte Museum • Royal Military Museum • Schaerbeek Beer Museum • Sewer Museum • The Crossbow Guild Museum • Train World WIELS • Experience.brussels: free entrance + free booklet • Koekelberg Basilica: -2€ off the individual entrance fee for the panoramic view (6€) • ARAU (Art Nouveau tours): -30% off the individual ticket price (20€) • Bamko (feminist and decolonial tours): -30% off the individual ticket price • Beer and Chocolate Tour: -10€ off the adult ticket price (80€) • Brussels by Water: -2€ off the adult ticket price (6€) • Brussels City Tours: -15% off the adult ticket price for all tours (Ghent, Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam, Ypres…) • City Runs: -25% off the tour prices (24€) • L-Tour (rainbow tours): -30% off the individual ticket price (10€) • Town Hall: -50% off the ticket price (7€ adults, 5€ students & pensioners) • Wetsi Art Gallery (female African artists-tours) -25% off the individual ticket price (12€) Shops: • De Biertempel: -25% • Brussels Beer Project: free beer of the month • Librairie Galerie Brüsel: -5% • Elisabeth: -15% • Godiva Manneken Pis: -25% • Planète Chocolat: -20% Restaurants and Bars: • A La Mort Subite: free coffee • Archiduc: -50% on concerts • Les filles: free coffee • Brasserie Horta: free coffee • Restaurant Aux Armes de Bruxelles: -15% off the bill • Restaurant Chez Léon: -15% off the bill • Moeder Lambic: free tapa • Restaurant du MIM: free coffee Alternative Transportation • Electric bike Billy Bike: free ride • Electric scooter Circ: free ride

Brussels: Fin-de-Siècle & Old Masters Museum Entry Ticket

3. Brussels: Fin-de-Siècle & Old Masters Museum Entry Ticket

Discover the history of Brussels from 1868 to 1914 through its art at the Fin-de-Siècle Museum. See how Brussels developed a reputation as a cultural hotspot during that period. Enjoy the Fin-de-Siècle Museum, located in the heart of Brussels, dedicated to the 1900s, when Brussels was a unique artistic crossroads and the capital of Art Nouveau. The museum hosts paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, photographs, films, models, and decorative objets d'art. Explore works from major art schools such as Impressionism, Symbolism, Wagnerism and Art Nouveau. See works by famous Belgian artists, including James Ensor, Victor Horta, and Henry Van de Velde. Check out the museum's collection of works by foreign artists, such as the great Paul Gauguin, and stay tuned for upcoming special exhibitions.

Brussels Card with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

4. Brussels Card with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Save time and money on individual entrance to museums and attractions with a Brussels Card, valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours after first activation. Explore at your own pace with access to the hop-on hop-off bus for the duration of your card. Museums: • Art and Marges Museum • AfricaMuseum • Art & History Museum • Autoworld • Autrique House • Belgian Chocolate Village • Belgian Comic Strip Center • Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain • BELvue Museum • BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts • Museum of the Belgian Brewers • Le Botanique • Charlier Museum • Choco-Story Brussels • Museum of the City of Brussels • Coudenberg – Former Palace of Brussels • Erasmushouse and Old Beguinage • Belgian Museum of Freemasonry • Fin-de-Siècle Museum • Halle Gate • Botanic Garden Meise • Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) • Museum of Natural Sciences • Magritte Museum (city center) • René Magritte Museum (Jette) • Old Masters Museum • MOOF • Planetarium of Brussels • WIELS • CENTRALE for contemporary art • La Fonderie - Brussels Museum of Industry and Labour • Museum of Medicine • Royal Military Museum • MIMA - Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art • Sewers Museum • Jewish Museum of Belgium • Fashion and Lace Museum • Train World • Fondation Jacques Brel (permanent exhibition) • Design Museum Brussels • The Guild of the Crossbowmen • Children's Museum • CIVA • GardeRobe MannekenPis • Jewish Museum of Belgium • KBR museum • MigratieMuseumMigration • MIMA - Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Art • Schaerbeek Beer Museum • Sewer Museum • Museum of Fantastic Art Culture and Tours (discounts with the Brussels Card): • Ghent, Bruges and Brussels (by Brussels City Tours) : -15% • Beer and chocolate tour (by Hungry's Mary): -10€ • Brussel 1900 - Art nouveau (by ARAU): -3€ • CityRuns: -25% • Koekelberg Basilica panoramic view: -2€ • experience.brussels: free entrance + free booklet • Mini-Europe: -2,50€ • Brussels by Water: -1,50€ • Town Hall: -50% • Feminist and decolonial guided tours (by Bamko) -30% • LGBTQI+ tours (by L-Tour) : -30% • Immersive experience of Belgium (by Imagine belgium) Shops (discounts with the Brussels Card): • De Biertempel: -25% • Elisabeth: -15% • Autrique House Shop: -10% Restaurants and Bars (discounts with the Brussels Card): • Archiduc: -50% on concerts • La Fleur en Papier Doré / Het Goudblommeke in Papier: free coffee / -1€ on drinks • Les filles: free coffee • Brussels Beer Project: free beer of the month • Brasserie Horta: free coffee Alternative Transportation • Electric bike Billy Bike: free ride  • Electric scooter Circ: free ride Hop-on-Hop-off buses by TOOTbus • Two routes • Headphones available aboard in English, French and Dutch. Brussels Card App Download the free Brussels Card App : • Store your card • Discover all the museums, current exhibitions & attractions • Save your favorites & receive recommendations

Brussels: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

5. Brussels: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at Parc du Cinquantenaire a well-kept 19th-century urban park featuring flower gardens and fountains. Visit the Parlamentarium and learn all about the European Parliament and the Royal Palace, one of the characteristic symbols of Brussels. Next, you will move towards the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Roman Catholic Chapel Church, and the Carillon of Mont des Arts with its unique architecture. Your next step will be the iconic Manneken-Pis, La Grand-Place, surrounded by elegant historic buildings dating back to the 14th century and the Saint Nicholas Church. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula where you will end the journey.

Brussels: Famous City Residents Exploration Game

6. Brussels: Famous City Residents Exploration Game

The city game starts at Maison Du Roi. It will take you between 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Marie Curie Sculpture. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Up for a fun challenge? After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Brussels: The Sheroes' Walking Tour

7. Brussels: The Sheroes' Walking Tour

Discover why Belgium has been marked by the presence of women who triumphed in history despite all the inconveniences and obstacles they encountered along the way. Brussels tells of the advancement of female protagonists and their role in the development of the country. Meet in one of the most coveted locations in the European capital from the 12th to the 18th century: the Royal Court Quarter. During the walk, admire the power of the queens to the masses of the Protestant shepherdesses and the Guardians of the Holy Sepulcher. Go down towards the historical center from the Mont des Arts (Mount of Arts). This is a privileged spot in the city for photography and attracts everyone's attention. Learn the relationship of women workers with the famous Expo 58 Atomium sculpture, a signature of Brussels. Discover the history of the little girl statue, Jeanneke Pis, half-hidden in the privacy of a small alley, who is pissing in full view of prying eyes. Go to the Théâtre La Monnaie, the home of an explosion of revolutionary revolts in the 19th century. Learn about the role of women in conflicts such as Belgian independence and the world wars. Lastly, see Rue Neuve where some girls from Karl Marx family lived in exile.

Brussels: Private Gourmet Tasting Tour

8. Brussels: Private Gourmet Tasting Tour

Belgium is well known as the land of culinary treats, which span from decadent waffles to savory dishes. What is the legend of Belgium fries (frites)? What is the special way to prepare it? What is so special about the sauce? You will learn about Belgium cuisine, culture, architecture, and history. You will capture Brussels spirit by visiting the most impressive places in the Old Town.

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What people are saying about Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 568 reviews

Brussels city card? Certainly very convenient! I bought two, one for me and one for my husband, and it was worth it. We visited several museums without having to pay and the convenience of taking the tram, bus and metro. Just remember that to activate it you only have to go to one of the tourist info points for the first time (we went to Grand Piacenza) and then for the other days, to use the public transport, you have to go to the machines that are in the various stations and enter your identification code and from there you will generate your tickets. On the other hand, for museums it is worth activating it only the first time!

Super nice as well as the drivers apart it would be good to put the schedules on the panels and especially prevent the high season and low season schedules

You get familiar with the city You decide what to see and where you get off

Very good tour. The whole city is known at the pace that one chooses.

Excellent solution if you have a few hours to see the city.