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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
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+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

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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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Must see if You are somehow interested in history.

One of the best military museums I've seen - very well organized. It's more like a journey, than museum visit. Expect to spend there at least 2-3 hours.

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Chrzanow, Poland
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Chrzanow, Poland
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

One of the best military museums I've seen - very well organized. It's more like a journey, than museum visit. Expect to spend there at least 2-3 hours.

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Northampton, UK
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A really good museum. The big hall had dozens of aircraft. Spectacular. Very good WW2 exhibition. I just wish I'd had more time there. Aand all for a bargain €5.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

What an amazing collection of firearms, uniforms, swords! Aviation hangar was also really impressive. There's a small cafe in the aviation hangar to enjoy. You can park literally in front of the museum for free.

Thank Blumit
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Interesting place with many planes and military items . Good for kids and adults who like mechanical stuff like tanks planes and military weapons

Thank Adrian C
Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Now this is a huge museum. Everything from the Napoleonic war to ww2 and after. Planes, tanks, cars, it's all there. They have some famous planes from the first WW and their aviation museum is quite amazing. Wel worth it but be careful, you'll end up spending a lot of time there...

Thank Aford1930
Overijse, Belgium
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

This museum contain more than history of 'Armed Forces' but also Egyption history and old cars museum. It is worth to do a daytrip to this museum.

Thank charlespolspoel
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Lots to see and do here, the first section is a lot about Belgian military history and then the next section is dedicated to the Second World War and how Belgium was occupied etc. Don't forget to check out the hangar next door which is full of old aircraft

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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Truly a stunning view as one emerges onto the courtyard leading up to the museum, almost as if one has stepped into Berlin and stands infront of the Brandenburger Tor. Very quick and attentove cashier, into the start of the museum, dealing with early Belgian military history. Uniforms, portraits, weaponry and medals are plenty in this section, unfortunately most of... More 

Thank Tommy B
Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Popular with families as a rainy Sunday activity for children, especially since entrance is free. The buildings need repair, the way the collections are displayed don't do it justice. Even if they just charged a symbolic 50 cents entrance fee, they'd get some money in towards renovations. Lovely collection.

Thank Scandicmaria
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

This museum certainly impressed me and I don't do museums as a rule. They must have one of the largest collections under one roof. All immaculately preserved and presented in chronological order. Centuries of artefacts from uniforms to weaponry, tanks, ships, aircraft and artillery. All for €5 per adult. Well worth a visit, especially in bad weather. Between 2-3 hours... More 

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