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BELvue Museum is in the House of Bellevue, which used to be an 18th-century hotel for wealthy travelers. Situated next to the Royal Palace, this grand building displays a rich collection of memorabilia collected from the Belgian Royal Dynasty. Located throughout two floors, its rooms are still in the original styles of Louis XV, Empire and Napoléon III, with furniture dating from the 18th century. Recently the courtyard was transformed into a delightful winter garden. Audio-visual tours can be organized for groups.
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.
In this magnificent Old England building, one of architect Santenoy's creations, the Museum of Musical Instruments houses one of the world's largest collection of musical instruments: 7000 strong. The exhibition displays 1500 instruments, and visitors receive headphones so they don't have to actually play the ancient instruments to hear them. There is a museum shop and a library open by appointment. The restaurant on the sixth floor offers a breathtaking view of Brussels.
In the basement of the majestic Brewers' House on Grand Place, you'll find a small but comprehensive exhibition on the evolution of brewing beer. Discover brewing tools that were used in an 18th Century brewery, including fermentation tubs and a kettle. You can also see the latest beer brewing technology as well as the raw materials behind your favorite beer, such as malt and yeast. After exploring the museum, stop by their cafe for a beer to sample the beverage that you learned all about.
The trendy Xavier Hufkens Gallery showcases contemporary artwork by national and international artists. Depending on the current display, you'll discover everything from bizarre oil paintings to unique sculptures to a Convertible Fat Car! This delightful and diverse gallery is well worth a visit.
This sculpture garden at the Catholic University of Louvain (usually referred to in its original French as Université Catholique de Louvain,) is Brussels' the first permanent contemporary sculpture garden. The park covers just about two hectares (4.9 acres) that is also home to a garden of medicinal plants and over 100 trees. Pathways lead from one sculpture to another, all constructed out of different mediums including wood, brick, granite, bronze and more. Artists represented include Pierre Culot and André Eijberg, among others.