Cinquantenaire Museum : Michelin's recommendations
Created in 1835, this exceptional museum gives an overview of human history from prehistorical times to the present day. The section on Antiquity is devoted to the civilisations of Ancient Asia (Palestine, Cyprus, Mesopotamia), Greece, Rome and Egypt. The remains of the city of Apamee, destroyed by the Persians in 612, show the Belgian missions in Syria - admire the mosaic in the middle of the interior courtyard. In the Egyptian section, you can see a fragment of the Book of the Dead and the Lady of Brussels (2600 BC). In the part devoted to non-European civilisations, the American rooms show many lovely precolombian and ethnographical artistic collections. The Micronesia and Polynesia collections contain archaeological and ethnological objects arranged by subject. The India, China and South-East Asia section illustrates the arts, religions and traditions of Asia. In the treasure room of the department of artistic industries, you can see the portable altar by Stavelot (c. 1150-1160). The rooms for Middle Age decorative arts house some magnificent tapestries and wooden retables ( Saint George by J Borreman), collections of glasswork, textiles, ceramics and lace as well as carriages and carts. The fascinating Heart Museum contains a collection of hearts left by cardiologist Boyadjian. On top of its 140 or so rooms, the museum also has a library with more than 100,000 volumes, an education and cultural service, workshops and a museum for the blind. On top of its 140 or so rooms, the museum also has a library with more than 100,000 volumes, an education and cultural service, workshops and a museum for the blind.
- Address : Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 B - 1000 Bruxelles1000Bruxelles
- Phone : 02 741 72 11
- Website : http://www.kmkg-mrah.be
- Prices : 5 € (-12 years old free of charge)
Opening hours :
- daily except Mon 9.30am-5pm, weekends 10am-5pm - closed Bank Hols