Brussels, the capital of Europe, is one of the most popular destinations for students. Many times students, parents or teachers ask us what they can do to complete their End of year trip to Brussels. That is the main reason why we have written a post with the 5 museums in Brussels essential for a study trip.
Furthermore, the good thing about Brussels is that everything there is to visit is concentrated in the central area of the city, which will give you the opportunity to make the most of the trip.
TODAY WE TAKE A FLIGHT TO BELGIAN CULTURE! Are you ready?
1. THE COMIC MUSEUM
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Brussels, waffle capital and one of the most abundant corners in terms of comics it means
He Brussels Comic Museum pays tribute to the Belgian love of comics as well as a variety of world-famous cartoonists. The first part of the museum consists of a small exhibition dedicated to comics creation process: from the birth of the idea until it takes a visual form and is prepared for printing.
In the museum a special tribute is paid to the character of Tintin, that famous reporter who lived a thousand adventures together with the Captain Haddock. Created by Hergé in 1929, his comics have been sold around the world.
And if there is something that characterizes the Belgian capital, it is the variety of colored murals that give life to the city and make Brussels a place of worship for comics lovers. If they even have one comic route! Ideal for those who are curious to understand the city's murals.
2. FIFTY-ANNIVERSARY MUSEUM
Fiftieth Anniversary MuseumIn this museum you will take a journey through all of history. Not only that, but also, for visiting the exhibition they are currently holding about Oceania, you will be entered into the draw for two tickets to travel to Tahiti. Doesn't sound so bad, right? This exhibition encourages a variety of travelers to cross the great ocean in the footsteps of explorers of yesteryear such as James Cook.
It is very close to Fiftieth Anniversary Park, So if you have time, take a look around there, because it will be worth it. There's a reason it must be considered the second most important park in Brussels, right?
3. MUSEUM OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
In it Museum of musical instruments More than 7,000 musical instruments from all times are on display, from medieval times to the present day. It is not the typical visit in which you will only see the instruments, but it is very interactive. At the entrance to the museum you will be given headphones that work automatically, so every time you approach a different instrument, they will activate and reproduce the sound of each one of them.
Likewise, once you finish the visit, if you find yourself a little hungry and don't know where to go, we advise you to go to the museum's own restaurant, located on the terrace of the tenth floor so you can enjoy a good meal with some panoramic views of the historic center of Brussels impressive!
4. HORTA MUSEUM
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Horta Museum, former house and studio of the great architect Víctor Horta. This museum offers the chance to see how one of the main promoters of the Art Nouveau style lived and worked. This visit is tailor-made for all architecture lovers and those people who take care and keep in mind even the smallest detail. It is a different way of getting to know the architect's work, instead of staying with dates and names of works, you will have the possibility of seeing one of his great works that brings together all the small details that were characteristic of it.
Because Horta's personal touch is clearly evident in small details such as door handles or mirrors. In addition, it is located very close to the two museums mentioned above, so if you feel like it you can visit them on the same day. Open every day except on major holidays such as Christmas, New Year, etc….
5. COCOA AND CHOCOLATE MUSEUM
Cocoa and Chocolate Museum, tailor-made museum for all those who like to give a little flavor and sweet touch to life. It is considered one of the most essential visits in Brussels, do you have an idea why? Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about the world of chocolate, from its creation to the final product, but you will also be able to try that wonderful Belgian chocolate that we have heard so much about. Likewise, you will enter a little more into the historical part of cocoa. How the Mayans and Aztecs planted it and how it reached Europe.
Can you ask for something more than culture and putting on your boots? Sounds like the perfect combination, right? Well, don't wait any longer because this museum opens its doors at 10 in the morning and closes just at 4:30 in the afternoon, the ideal time to treat yourself to a delicious dessert after a good meal!
OTHER MONUMENTS FOR STUDENTS
Brussels Atomium, characteristic symbol of the Universal Exhibition that took place in the Belgian capital in 1958. This enormous atom means to Belgians the same as the Eiffel Tower does to Parisians. Despite having been highly criticized at first, this large atom has ended up becoming the image of the Belgian capital over the years.
Inside the spheres there are exhibitions of both permanent and temporary nature And in case you want to rest a little and have a coffee, you can do so since it also has a large restaurant inside. The monument opens from 10 in the morning until 6 in the afternoon and the restaurant until 11 at night, so you will have it at your complete disposal throughout the day.
It is one of the most important visits in the city and a photo that cannot be missing from your entire repertoire.
Manneken Pis, Yes, as you are reading it guys, there is a statue dedicated to a boy who is urinating in a fountain! It was created in 1388 and is one of the most representative and beloved symbols of Brussels. Furthermore, among the best-known legends of this small statue, the one that stands out is that they tell how the boy managed to extinguish a fuse with something as simple as urinating, thus saving the city.
Grand Place or Grand Plaza, It is the most famous, lively and photographed place in Brussels. It constitutes one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in Europe and is made up of an impressive architectural complex that makes visitors not know where to look.
In this square, you will find the Hotel de Ville, the Maison du Roi, the Maison des Ducs de Brabant, Le Pigeon, Le Renard, Le Cornet and Le Roy d'Espagne, buildings of great importance and value in the capital. Furthermore, sitting in that square and tasting a Belgian beer surrounded by so much history, tourists and locals is priceless.