Located in the Place Royale in Brussels, next to the RoyalPalace, the BELvue Museum is the perfect introductory guide to the History of Belgium. It isideal for visitors who love to delve into the events of a country to get to understand it better. While walking along its different rooms, you will explore the historical development of the country, from its origins with the Revolution of 1830 up to the present. In addition, it is also possible to have a combined visit to the Coudenberg Palace.
HISTORY OF THE BELVUE MUSEUM
The building which todays houses the BELvue Museum has a rich history. It had many different functions over the years. Its origins date back to the late eighteenth century when the entrepreneur Philippe De Prost got permission from Empress Maria Theresa to build a luxury hotel on one side of the Place Royale, on the ruins of the old Palace of Brussels (Coudenberg), destroyed by fire in 1731.
The luxurious Louis XVI-style hotel, called "Belle-Vue" had different owners and it was always an important place for all the great personalities who visited Brussels. At the beginning ofthe twentieth century, King Leopold II decided to turn it into a royal residence. Fifty years later, King Baudouin ceded the building for humanitarian work. Later on, the building housed several museums, until 2005, when the BELvue Museum officially opened.
A MUSEUM ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BELGIUM
BELvue is defined as more than just a museum. It is a place to experience history and democracy in Belgium. A place where visitors can discover and understand better Belgium, its history, its socio-economic development and its institutional performance.
The BELvue Museum shows along its halls, which are chronologically organised on two floors, the highlights of Belgian History. From the Revolution of 1830 to the current Belgian Federal State, the colonisation of Congo, the struggle for civil rights, community movements, the monarchy issue or the golden sixties.
Its various historical documents, film clips, photographs or objects from different periods enable the visitor to understand the History from different perspectives, in order to form their own view. Similarly, temporary exhibitions offer the possibility to go further into an issue, always linked with various aspects of the country.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE MUSEUM
BELvue also has access to the archaeological site of Coudenberg, an underground tour to discover the remains of the Palace of Charles V.
Combined BELvue + Coudenberg tickets available (10 €).
Discover more of BELvue Museum in our Free Tour in Brussels.
BELVUE OPENING HOURS
- Open Tuesday to Friday: from 09.30 to 17.00. Monday for groups with reservation only.
- Saturdays and Sundays in July and August: open from 10:00 to 18:00.
- Closed: Mondays, January 1, July 21 and December 25.
- Normal: 6 euros, 10 euros combined ticket with Coudenberg
- Reduced: over 65 and groups of adults with at least 15 people, 5 euros. Combined 8 euros.
- Youth 18-25 years: 4 euros. Combined 7 euros.
- Free: Brussels Card, children under 18 and the first Sunday of each month.
Place des Palais 7, Brussels
HOW TO GET TO THE MUSEUM
- Train: Gare Centrale
- Metro: 1 and 5, Parc / Gare Centrale
- Tram: lines 92 and 94, Royale
- Bus: lines 27, 38, 71, 95, Royale.
- Parking: Albertine / Place des Palais / Place du Trône / Rue Ducale
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