Known as one of Brussels' best parks, the beautiful Bois de la Cambre borders both the Sonian Forest as well as the hip Avenue Louise. The park itself contains a small lake with an island in the center, Robinson's Island. It is the perfect place to relax after a long day of shopping, and you can also visit the Abbaye de la Cambre while you are there.
From dinosaur fossils to live tarantulas to rare gems, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Museum explores the natural wonders of our fascinating planet. The permanent galleries are unique and interesting, including a Gallery of Evolution, Insects Hall, and Minerals Hall. In addition to the permanent displays, the museum features several temporary exhibitions throughout the year, including interactive exhibits. This museum also serves as a research facility.
Antoine Wiertzmuseum is a division of the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts (The Royal Museums of Art and History) and is dedicated to the works of Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865). This painter was born in Dinant, studied in Antwerp and in Rome, and only moved to Brussels in the latter part of his life. In Brussels this museum had a gigantic workshop which is now housing this museum. Wiertz really needed a workshop of this size because he saw things big, some of Wiertz's works are 16 meters (52 feet) tall!
This wonderful museum is for children aged four to twelve and is a must for every parent. The museum's exhibits help them discover their feelings, talents and senses. Professional performers welcome and guide you through the discovery rooms. These tours last two hours and can be enjoyed by both young and old alike. They are organized around themes derived from everyday life and are constantly transforming throughout the year. Visit their website for varying dates and more details.
Located on Place Royale, with no less than eight floors underground, the Museum of Modern Art was constructed around a light shaft that allows daylight to filter down. As part of the Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts, it houses a selection of works by Belgian modernists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Rik Wouters and 28 pieces by René Magritte. It also includes foreign artists such as Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall. There is a gift shop and cafeteria. The Museum of Modern Art is closed for renovation works until 2012. Please check the website regarding the museum's reopening.
How about a school where music and theatre are the only two subjects you have to learn? That's what the Royal Academy of Brussels is about. Students learn the nuances of the art to perfection here, while also getting an exposure to high classical music through a season of regular performances and concerts. But wait: this is not just a schooling ground for wannabe Mozarts. Tourists and those interested in the arts can look up the web site to get regular updates on some top-notch orchestral, theatrical and chamber performances, many of which have no entrance fee. Come one, come all to this architectural wonder and let the music take you away!
Bibliothèque Solvay is a stately building that can be rented for conferences, dinners and other events. The original library was founded in 1902, and was later painstakingly restored to its original grandeur.