The Art & History Museum, previously known as the Cinquantenaire Museum, is part of Brussels's Royal Museums of Art and History, and is one of the largest museums in the world. All artistic disciplines except paintings are on display here. The first section displays a collection of ancient Egyptian (one room alone is filled with mummies and sarcophagi), Islamic, Oriental, Greek and Roman art. The second section is dedicated to non-European art and the third section houses a collection of European decorative arts spanning the 7th to the 17th-century. Other fascinating collections of beautiful glass and ceramics are also on display here.
The five-floor Magritte Museum pays homage to world-renowned surrealist artist René Magritte. A trip through the museum provides deep insight into the Belgian artist's life. Along with 200 of his most famous paintings and sculptures, on display are Magritte's quirky creations such as vintage photographs, musical scores and surrealist film productions. During his brief stint in advertising, he designed a number of posters, which later fed into his artistic works. These are also displayed along with films that inspired him. The museum is part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and houses a center for conducting research on Magritte's life and works.
Located in Central Brussels, the L'Espace Culturel ING Belgique (ING Cultural Center) presents a wide variety of exhibitions of art, history, and archaeology. Visit their website for details on the current show.
This bank, apart from its other services, offers a unique collection of currencies and bank notes, is a must-see if in Brussels. Behind all currencies, coins, and notes hides a very captivating tale. From rare objects used as currency (including shells, animal cogs, and stones) to the most technologically-advanced, fraud-proof bank notes: you'll find it here all. The place boasts such treasures as one of the first European currencies, counterfeit bank notes issued by Hitler, notes from the concentration camps featuring the Star of David, and of course the famous Euro! Really a must, not only for currency enthusiasts, but for anyone who is captivated by world history.
The Stedelijk Museum Wuyts-Van Campen en Baron Caroly has some really amazing fine art paintings on display. This museum is named after Jacob Jozef Wuyts and Baron Georges Caroly and the building is designed in neo-Gothic style. Situated in Lier, this museum has a huge collection of Belgian, Dutch and Flemish paintings and they range from the 16th century and they all are on display. The museum also has drawing, sketches and ceramics on display, making it perfect for art lovers and enthusiasts.