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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

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Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire 3, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 2 737 78 33
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History is the perfect...

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History is the perfect stop for history and military enthusiasts. Located in the two northernmost halls of the Cinquantenaire Park historic complex, the museum collections comprise more than 10 centuries of military and technology history, ranging from suits of armor, antique firearms and swords to armored vehicles and airplanes. Numerous paintings, sculptures, decorations, and military uniforms bring back to life the military history of this area. Admission is free. Closed on Mondays.

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For big and little kids

I visited here with my nephew as we're both army history aficionados, and man was this place cool. Plenty of aircraft, tanks, uniforms and an overview of Belgian's martial... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited here with my nephew as we're both army history aficionados, and man was this place cool. Plenty of aircraft, tanks, uniforms and an overview of Belgian's martial traditions. It's pretty simple and bare-bones as a museum, which just accentuates the history on display.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was taken to this museum as a quick way to fill an afternoon. I expected to be gently involved but nothing more, but in the event I was enchanted. The place is packed with a wealth of material from the age of armour to the present day, and vast amounts of it. There was a section on equipment for... More 

Thank michael r
Clevedon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Having wandered up through the European Quarter we headed into the park. Not quite sure what was at the end, but you have a choice of the Military Museum or Motor World. Entry fee is very reasonable and there is the option to have a digital guide, plus the chance to go on the roof top - well worth doing... More 

Thank Neil G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Entry was only €4 for a student, which was reasonable. We spent a long time wandering around, an hour, perhaps more. There was LOTS to see, though little to read as the exhibits had little writing at all. And if there was writing (eg, the WWII part) it wasn't in English which was a shame. All in all, it was... More 

Thank Jack K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had a lot of uniforms and there were parts being renovated. It might have been because it was my last museum for this trip or because there was little in English, but for me it was not spatular.

Thank Bernice G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed this museum. They had many large and beautiful paintings, a huge collection of uniforms. Amazing display of various types of aircraft. We liked the armor section too. One confusing thing I asked about the headphones for English speakers, and they said that there was "very limited" displays with english. However, there were signs all over asking if you... More 

Thank Lynda C
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

I was excited to visit this museum. While I enjoyed my visit overall, this museum felt like it was from another era. Most things were displayed in glass boxes with very little explanation. It was very dusty. Some of the mannequins and cases items were displayed on were in a pretty sad state. There were even dead insects on the... More 

Thank GinnyShoe
Nicosia, Cyprus
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

It is a big museum. It is very interesting for those who like history of World Wars mostly and the military equipment that has used that time. The most significant thing about the museum, is that it makes you understand how people lived back then and the difficulties that they face!

Thank loizosapoel97
Peachtree City, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

The airplane collection is unbelievable. Unfortunately most of the displays are missing exterior parts and have flat tires. Since this exhibit is free one can't complain about the price. If you in the area and LOVE aviation it may be worth your time.

Thank PeachtreeTraveler
Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Enormous collection but the better part is old fashioned and even completely out of time. Hand-written (!) labels and only in French and Flemish. The collection airplanes is in the wing opposite Autoworld and the difference in maintenance of the same infrastructure is absolutely shocking. Luckily, the panaroma on top of the arcade is included in the entry price.

Thank Peter D

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