- By Kevin
- On Nov 10, 2017
- Travel Tips
The Brussels city has a wealth of museums,but the Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles,on the Grand Place,should be visited to lay eyes on early versions of Brussels’mascot,the Manneken Pis-the statue of the little boy doing what his name suggests,which lies a short walk away,to the west.Famous attractions&best things to do during your Brussels vacation you should to know:
Victor Horta(1861-1947)was the pioneer of Art Nouveau architecture,building his first house in this style(Hôtel Tassel)in Brussels in 1893-5.It was called Art Nouveau not just for its innovative,sinuous and organic shapes,but because it was fresh:it did not refer back to any pre-dating architectural style(Gothic,Neo-classical and so forth).
Horta’s houses were complete ensembles,tailored in all details to match the lifestyle of his clients.His own home and office in the southern suburb of St-Gilles,now the Musée Horta,shows this approach at work–a stimulating progression through refreshing shapes,sightlines,textures and spaces.Walks in the vicinity of the museum lead to a number of other Art Nouveau houses,built either side of 1900 as Brussels prospered and expanded.
Address:23-25 Rue Américaine.
Contact:00 32 2 543 04 90;hortamuseum.be
Opening times:Tue-Sun,2pm-5.30pm;closed Mon
Admission:€10 adults,€4-6 seniors;€5 students under 26;€3 school-age children;children under 6 free
Musée du Cinquantenaire
This is Belgium’s hoard of international antiquities–by far the largest of a collection of heritage museums that(like the Musée des Instruments de Musique)come under the umbrella of the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire.There are great chunks of ancient Egypt,Greece and Rome here.
But there is also plenty of local talent,including medieval Brussels tapestries,retables(sculptured altarpieces),and Art Nouveau objets d’art.They are housed in buildings originally designed for the 1880 international exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of Belgian nationhood.The surrounding Parc du Cinquantenaire also has a military museum,and an impressive collection of antique cars called Autoworld.
Address:10 Parc du Cinquantenaire.
Contact:00 32 2 741 73 31;kmkg-mrah.be
Opening times:Tue-Fri,9.30am-5pm;Sat-Sun,10am-5pm;closed Mon
Admission:€5 adults,€4 seniors over 65;€1.50 young people 6–25 years old;free for children under 6 and students of art,archaeology or history.Free on the first Wednesday of every month after 1pm