Royal Museums of Fine Arts

Substantial collection for art lovers

Date:2018-08-26

By: Sophie

The museum of Fine Arts contains the Oldmaster's museum, the Magritte Museum, the Fin de Siècle Museum, the Modern Museum, the Wiertz Museum and the Meunier Museum. All of these expositions are accessible via the same beautiful entrance hall (except for the Wiertz Museum and the Meunier Museum - which are free by the way), but you can choose which part you'd like to visit and buy a ticket accordingly, or get the €15 combination ticket if you'd like to visit several. This combination ticket is valid for one day only, so make sure you reserve enough time to adequately visit the museums.


Below is a little overview of the museums I have visited so far. There is a tremendous amount of artworks on display, so I'll have to return to see the rest.


Oldmaster's Museum

You might want to start your visit in the Oldmaster's Museum, since this one has the most famous paintings. The collection includes works by old masters, mostly Flemish, like Brueghel, Ruebens, Bosch and Van der Weyden. It contains iconic paintings like the Fall of Icarus and The Death of Marat painted by Jacques Louis David.


Royal museum of Fine Arts of Belgium

Magritte Museum

The Magritte modern art museum is a walk away and features some of Magritte's lesser known works. It doesn't contain his most famous paintings, but it tells you a lot about Magritte's life. Some other surrealists are on display here as well.


Royal museum of Fine Arts of Belgium

Fin de Siècle Museum

The Fin-de-Siècle Museum showcases international art forms popular in Europe around the turn of the 20th century. It has a nice collection of impressionists and wonderful art nouveau furniture and vases.


Royal museum of Fine Arts of Belgium

Practical information

  • The Museum, situated in Rue de la Régence, is very close to Central Station.
  • Entry is free on the first Wednesday of the month from 13:00.
  • There can be a long line to get tickets, so it might be a good idea to book a ticket beforehand and skip the entrance line.
  • It isn't essential information, but nice to know is that somehow the museum manages to be relatively free of the selfie-with-great-art mentality.
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