Lives in Ghent, Belgium
Since Feb 2011
25-34 year old female
I grew up in a small town in Southeast Brazil. I studied English, became a teacher and always dreamed of seeing the world. I lived in the USA for a while and then came to Belgium, where I live now.
Historic Sites, History Museums, Arenas & Stadiums, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Castles, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
Art Museums, History Museums
Inaugurated in 1887 and situated in the heart of Brussels — the Grand Place — the Museum of the City of Brussels is home to a great collection that represents the history and evolution of the city. Sculptures, monuments, tapestry, paintings, models and photographs take you back in time and help you better understand what the city is today. On the top floor, you’ll find one of the most famous symbols of Brussels: Manneken Pis. His dressing room contains hundreds and hundreds of costumes worn by him on special occasions. It is worth a visit just for the building itself, which together with the whole Grand Place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This charming museum is within a few minutes’ walk of the Grand Place and is where you can find and admire beautiful lace made in Brussels. Their costume collection is displayed in rotation, so if you happen to be in Brussels again, you can always go back for more!
The BELvue Museum is a temple to Belgian history, and each room takes you to a period of time — from the 1830 revolution to the colonization of Congo to the sixties - and at the same time you can learn more about each Belgian king. It is a gorgeous building situated next to the Royal Palace and just across from the Royal Park. You can also combine your visit with a meal at their lovely Green Kitchen, which serves fresh and affordable food.
The Magritte Museum only opened in 2009 and honors one of Belgium’s most treasured artists. The vast collection is presented chronologically from the third floor down and consists of a variety of works: drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, films and more. It’s located at the Place Royale, near the Royal Palace.
The Royal Palace houses the King and Queen’s offices, provides lodging to foreign Heads of State during official visits, hosts receptions and more. It is open to the public every year from July 22nd to the beginning of September, and you can visit some of the most luxurious rooms free of charge.
Comic books are intrinsic to Belgian culture. You've probably heard of Tintin and the Smurfs, but there is much more for you to find out at the Comic Strip Center. It is a light, fun and interesting visit around their permanent and temporary exhibits, and your ticket also gives access to the Reading Room, where you find thousands of titles.
The astonishing old England building on Montagne de la Cour houses the Musical Instruments Museum, or 'MIM.' The collection is rich in instruments of all kinds, from all over the world. It’s an enjoyable visit, even if (like me) you don’t play any instrument. I personally love that you can hear some of their sounds when you pass by!
Located at the beautiful Cinquantenaire Park, this art and history museum is definitely worth a visit. It boasts a vast collection of archaeological and historical treasures, along with artistic objects from both European and non-European civilizations. You’ll be taken from America to China, from pre-historic times to the twentieth century. In fact, you might want to set one afternoon aside in order to enjoy both the museum and the park at ease.