royal museums of fine arts of belgium (musees royaux des beaux arts)
Considered one of Brussels' greatest museums, it houses an extensive...
you will need to run between all the Museums!take a combined toket 13 euros, and run there!one day is not enaugh i guess!but you have to see all the arts works!
This art gallery is a massive place. There is far too much to see in a single visit, so it's vital to plan what you are going to do. There are four individual museums within the complex:- Old Masters Museum - art up to the 18th century. Particularly good for Flemish artists including Pieter Breugel the Elder and Rubens.- Fin de Siecle Museum - fine art (and decorative art) from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the social realism, impressionism and neo-impressionism movements.- Modern Museum - modern and comtemporary art.- Magritte Museum - devoted to the famous surrealist artist.You can buy a ticket for a single museum for €8, or to all four for €13. Visiting two of the museums is probably enough for one day! Which ones to choose depends on your interests; I liked the Old Masters and Fin de Siecle.The entrance to all the museums is in Rue de la Regence, just south of Place Royale. and there are helpful ticket and information desks in the entrance lobby. There is a lovely self-service cafeteria on the ground floor, for a coffee stop or lunch, and a decent shop for books and postcards.
Went here last Sunday and bought the combi-ticket as we had been told at the till this gets you into all the galleries, however it did not but got you into 4/6 here. The museum was very oddly laid out. The museum has a strange policy that you cannot walk around with a jacket in your hand and provides a cloak room for these. Only when trying to get in the galleries was this pointed out. You also cannot have any bag that is over A4 paper size which is very odd. Lockers are provided for a refundable €2 but again this isn't clear until someone refuses you entry to the gallery. Unfortunately lockers are very few for the amounts of visitors meaning you will have to queue and push yourself about to try and get one. We only saw two of the four galleries because of having to basically fight to get lockers each time. We complained to the main desk in the museum and requested a refund for half the price paid as this stopped us seeing what we had paid for. We had been told the woman who issues refunds was not working today so could not receive one !!we were asked to write a complaint for which we did. I have also contacted the gallery to pursue this further with no replies as yet.
I visited all four parts: oldmasters, modern, Magritte and fin de siecle. The weakest, in my opinion, was musee modern with quite a few exhibits, I don't think it is worth going to see just it alone. Musee oldmaster unfortunately had a lot of missing exhibits that were taken out for some maintenance (?), instead there was a piece of paper with a small image of it and a title and some more text. However, it is worth visiting Magritte museum which is quite big with exhibits from his early career followed by his famous works such as The empire of light, Les valeurs personnelles and etc. The biggest museum is musee fin de siecle which combines a variety of artists. Sadly I went to see it last - it was tiring and I just wanted to be done with it. My advice - choose wisely what museums you want to see; quality over quantity.
Visited this fine art museum today where theres a collection of museums.under one roof . Magritte museum, modern art and historical art museums along with annual exhibitions - today i wanted to go to see the magritte work and also currently marc chagall retrospective expo is on display which was great. Tip : after 1pm free entry.1st wed of each month to many museums in Brussels (this does not include entry to temporary exhibitions i.e marc chagall ) .
I only visited the Old Masters section of the Museum as it is the only type of art that interests me. It was a bit of a let-down: it only covers one floor and is largely housed in temporary partitions around a balcony overlooking the main entrance hall. The paintings were nice enough but there wasn't anything really outstanding or particularly beautiful. Most of the paintings are actually quite gloomy. The one must-see painting is in the ground floor entrance hall and depicts the Belgian Revolution of 1830 - an example of epic history painting at its best.
We saw the 'masters' exhibition and it was poorly constructed, small, and there were a lot of blank walls with descriptions but no paintings! It would be nice to actually get the fine art on the walls before you charge people 10 euros to see it. No english translations (or any other language) and we saw a much better exhibit at a different museum/gallery for 1.50 euros rather than the 10 we paid here.
A must, the fin de siècle museum is dedicated to 1868-1914 paintings, sculptures, furnitures and objects. With Khnopff and Ensor paintings and a lot of great belgian painters, specially of the social and the symbolist schools.
Worth visiting if only for the Hieronymus Bosch Triptych (the temptation of St Anthony) and the Breughel's. I live in BXL once a year and usually go once a year.
There is huge collection of Belgium master pieces. Certainly the proud of Belgium. I am not a painting fan, but it was enjoyable for me. The information was sufficient. Though I was accompanied by a group of students, which made it quite noisy.