The capital city of Belgium is well known for its gastronomy and stunning architecture. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll be spoilt for choice. In particular, there are some fantastic art experiences and museums in Brussels, from fine art to comics. Here are the top Brussels museums and art that you should not miss.

Art Experiences and Museums in Brussels

Brussels has some really striking street murals and outdoor art, from Tintin and Captain Haddock to the anti-hero Gaston Lagaffe. You may feel like you’re living in the pages of a cartoon. 

1. Brussels Street Art

There are all sorts of interesting artworks dotted around the city, like this statue of Gaston and this giant container by Luc Deleu, both on boulevard Pachéco.

The best art experiences and museums in Brussels, Belgium including this quirky art on Boulevard Pacheco

2. MIMA Museum

MIMA is one of the most interesting new museums in Brussels. Located in the newly renovated Molenbeek area, it focuses on street art in all its forms.

There are some unusual artworks by talented artists such as the block prints by American artist Swoon. She uses coffee to stain her intricate linoleum block etchings of people.

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There’s a rotating installation by FAILE, aka Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller that is particularly impressive. Our favorite art exhibit would have to be the whole room designed by Maya Hayuk.

It has the feel of a cathedral with light streaming through the glass on sunny days. If you’re in need of some refreshments afterwards, there’s a museum café, and over the bridge there’s the Brussels Beer Project – just one of the many places to eat in Brussels.

  • Address: Quai du Hainaut 41, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
  • Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 Wednesday-Sunday. Closed Monday-Tuesday
MIMA Street Art Museum in Brussels, Belgium
Maya Hayuk installation at MIMA

3. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium on Rue de la Régence houses not one but 6 museums with a superb collection of paintings and sculptures. It’s undoubtedly one of the best Brussels art museums.

In the entrance, you will find superb paintings by Belgian artist Constant Montald. This symbolist painter had an incredible eye for colour. Admire his artworks, La Fontaine de l’Inspiration and Le Bateau de l’Idéal, hung in the entrance hall of the museum.

  • Address: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 Wednesday-Sunday. Closed Monday-Tuesday
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Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium

4. Magritte Museum

Whether you’re a fan of surrealism or not, you can’t fail to be impressed by the Magritte Museum. This is one of the 6 museums in Brussels that make up the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

Spread over several floors, it showcases some of the artist’s most iconic works. Magritte was an interesting character who tended to paint in a suit.

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Many of his neighbours didn’t realize that he was an artist. His thought-provoking paintings are instantly recognisable – for us, a sign of pure genius.

  • Address: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 Monday-Friday, 11:00 – 18:00 Saturday-Sunday
The Magritte Museum in Brussels, Belgium
The Magritte Museum

5. Belgian Comic Strip Center

The Belgian Comic Strip Center, also on Rue de la Régence is well worth a visit. It’s housed within a striking Art Nouveau building designed by Victor Horta, originally a department store.

As this is Brussels, you will of course find a focus on Herge and his most famous creation, Tintin. Step inside the pages of some of his iconic books like the Blue Lotus. Up and coming cartoonists such as Pieter De Poortere are also represented.

  • Address: Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Opening hours: 10.00-18.00 daily
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Tintin at The Belgian Comic Strip Center

6. Villa Empain

For sheer stylishness, the Foundation Boghossian at Villa Empain takes some beating. Located in an upmarket residential area, it’s an Art Deco masterpiece.

From the striking front door to the rear swimming pool, the former home of Baron Louis Empain oozes timeless chic. Designed by Swiss architect Michel Polak, it’s now a museum promoting a dialgogue between Eastern and Western culture.

There are some fascinating temporary exhibitions such as the current one featuring artworks by Daniel Buren, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol.

  • Address: Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Opening hours: 11.00-18.00 daily except Mondays, 1 January and 25 December
Villa Empain, a Brussels hidden gem
Villa Empain

7. Horta Museum

Brussels is known for its Art Nouveau architecture and the Horta Museum on Rue Américaine
 is one of its finest examples. The former home and studio of Victor Horta was constructed between 1898 and 1901. It is listed by UNESCO for its pioneering architecture.

Entering the house, you’re immediately struck by the innovative open plan layout and how light it is. The museum has recently opened an impressive extension which will feature regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary artists.

  • Address: Rue Américaine 25, 1060 Bruxelles
  • Opening hours: 14.00-17.30 Tuesday-Sunday, closed on public holidays

The Horta Museum in Brussels

8. La Patinoire Royale

This attractive building, La Patinoire Royale, in the Saint-Gilles district of Brussels was built in 1877 and was one of the first roller skating rinks in Europe. Its new incarnation as a contemporary art gallery, La Patinoire Royale – Galerie Valérie Bach, works well.

The high ceilings, Neo Classical architecture and white walls show off the distinctive  artworks to their best advantage.

  • Address: Rue Veydt 15, 1060 Saint-Gilles
  • Opening hours: 11.00-18.00 Tuesday to Saturday

The Patinoire Gallery in Brussels

9. Art in Hotel Amigo

Hotel Amigo is more than just a luxurious place to stay. There’s an impressive  art collection and also a Herge Suite.

It’s the only hotel in the world that is authorised to use Tintin’s image. The Magritte suite is another stylish option if you’re a Surrealist fan.

The Tintin Suite at Hotel Amigo - one of the best hotels in Brussels Belgium

10. MIM – Musical Instruments Museum

Musical Instruments Museum may sound like a rather specialized interest but not so. Consistently rated in the top museums in Brussels by TripAdvisor, it’s located in a lovely building which is part Art Nouveau and part neoclassical.

The 1200 exhibits are very well presented and there’s a lovely view over the capital from the rooftop restaurant.

  • Address: Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Opening hours: 9.30-17.00 Tuesday – Friday, 10.00-17.00 Saturday – Sunday
MIM - the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels
MIM Brussels

Of course, there are many more art experiences and museums in Brussels but we hope to have given you a taste of some of our favourites. Whether you take a Brussels weekend break or a longer trip, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

We also recommend a visit to:

  • Atomium
  • Autoworld
  • BELvue Museum
  • Brussels City Museum
  • House of European History
  • Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Schaerbeek Museum of Beer

Which of these Brussels museums and art experiences do you like the look of the best and are there any that you would add to the list?

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44 thoughts on “Museums in Brussels: 10 Best Art Experiences”

  1. There seems to be so many wonderful and quirky places to explore! I love the look of Hotel Amigo.

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      It’s a lovely hotel and there was a famous politician there when we visited. There are lots of cool and quirky places nearby

  2. The Tintin street art is so much fun and Horta Museum’s exterior truly does look very impressive!

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    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      Yes you can’t take photos inside the Horta Museum although you can in their new extension with the temporary exhibits

  3. Villa Empain looks so gorgeous! I love art deco – I’d very much enjoy this museum. I am off on Friday, maybe I’ll go on a little excursion to Brussels.

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      You’d absolutely love it, Anouk and the current exhibition is really interesting. I wish they could keep the Daniel Buren installation permanently

  4. I visited Brussels a few years ago and I absolutely loved all of the street art!! I love your guide!

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    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      I wish we’d have had more time to see all the street art, there’s so many interesting murals

  5. What a brilliant list! This is another eye opener for me as I have no idea about the existence of these museums!

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  6. Wow, such an interesting guide!!! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. These pictures bring back so many memories. I loved the architecture, museums, & those delicious Belgian fries. :]

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  8. How cool the street art looks! I’d like to see Comic Strip Centre, seriously there are so many cool museums in Brussels!

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  9. Great collection of art work and what a range of work! Thanks for sharing. XO, Ellese

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    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      It’s an interesting selection, isn’t it! And there are quite a few more places that we didn’t have time to visit

  10. Sand in my Suitcase

    The Royal Museums look really interesting! But there’s so much other whimsical art in Brussels! You look really cute in these pics too -:).

  11. Nice post!I loooove the magritte museum!And of course you can’t visit Belgium without a visit at the Comic museum!I love Tintin!
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  12. Some wonderful choices the street art looks wonderful I can’t say I noticed it when I visited but then again maybe I wasn’t looking. I remember the comic strip magazine and there are some wonderful cake shops nearby so as a foodie that always makes for a great day. Reading this makes me want to go back Lucy x (FOODIEFORCE)

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      As a foodie, you definitely need to revisit it, Lucy! So many great cake and chocolate shops but a lot more besides like trendy fusion food eateries

  13. Planes & Champagne

    I love that this post is specific to art and museums!! I’m a big fan of street art and the royal museum of fine arts of Belgium looks wonderful. I need to re-visit Brussels and not just focus on the chocolate 😉

  14. Miriam - londonkitchendiaries

    Great list of places to enjoy art in Brussels! Love the street art in particular!

    Miriam
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    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      Thanks Miriam, there was so much interesting street art and the street art museum had some great artworks too

  15. I love art & museums you always learn so much from them. This definitely places I would love to visit when I am in Brussels again. I especially love La Patinoire Royale in the old skating ring. Great post and I love your pictures too.

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      La Patinoire was so interesting, there were lots more photos that I didn’t have space to share – well worth a visit

  16. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

    Ooh we’ll have to visit that place when we’re next in Milan – thanks for the tip, Lucy

  17. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

    I agree, there are some great examples on the streets – as long as they don’t paint on beautiful old buildings but they don’t generally do so

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