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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 11
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Incredible amount of well displayed artifacts

Although only starting in the early 1800s, and at first not well explained, the displays are literally crammed full of artifacts. The WW2 portion is superb with great explanation... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although only starting in the early 1800s, and at first not well explained, the displays are literally crammed full of artifacts. The WW2 portion is superb with great explanation about the cause of the war and every region of the world affected. I didn't have enough time to get past the WW2 displays but my companion told me the aircraft... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All museums in this complex are worth visiting. But for me the main attraction is this giant arcade... you could well be in Berlin! Just have a look on Google maps to see the grandeur of it all. Nice eateries in the Streets around

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First of all, I should mention we only visited the aeronautics section. A flea market is the feeling you get when entering this section: a lot of material but few explanations and planes often in poor condition. This is unfortunate since the collection itself is impressive, gathering very interesting planes and covering more than 100 years of military aviation history.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the privilege of visiting this museum while walking through the beautiful park where the museum is situated. The museum is stuffed full of gear, weapons, uniforms, and machines used by and sometimes against the Belgian military. The tank exhibition was closed while I was there so that was a bummer. But the aircraft were on full view and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Army and Military History Museum was one of the highlights of my Brussels Trip. Without very high expectations I visited and was absolutely surprised about the size and quality of the collection! The entrance prices are very reasonable and the collection is absolutely huge, ranging from old canons and weapons, over first world war tanks to a big hall... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An impressive building and probably more so in the post war era... A symbol of power and determination to enforce unity against the WWll enemy. It presently feels somber and hollow now...quite scary. A thing of the past and a tick box..not a must do I feel in my humble opinion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had intended to visit this museum for over 30 years! I made it at last and was certainly not disappointed. On the day that we visited we found that there was insufficient time to visit the entire museum - we spent nearly 6 hours there including a break for lunch in their small restaurant. I was keen to buy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can go to the top of the arch for free and the visit of the museum is always interesting. The place is in the Cinquantenaire Park, near Merode or Shouman metro stations.

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Thank Nicolas E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed visiting this great museum,a great opportunity to learn about Belgium's Armed forces and their role in European History.Very well Equipped.When u enter in the museum is like travelling back in history and the Aviation hall looks awesome,I can say Its one of best in Europe.I would love to go back because each time,one can discover new things... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are an American expat family with a 4.5 and 2.5 year old, living in Italy. We love airplanes & this place has so many to see!!! There is a large collection of guns and swords, but we weren't into that area so much. There are huge tankers & probably 30 airplanes. If you are looking for something unique or... More 

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