There’s more to visiting Brussels than digging into a giant bowl of mussels with fries on the side. Discover all the incredible art & culture Brussels has to offer.
Having survived numerous battles over the past hundreds of years, much of Brussels was rebuilt in the19th century. What survives of the historical area of Brussels is a small few blocks in and around the Grote Mark’t area.
Despite its rough history, Brussels is a great destination for art lovers. Whether you’re interested in art, art history, architecture, oriental art, or royal art collections, Brussels’ art scene is bustling with many venues that every traveller can enjoy.
If you’re travelling to Brussels, here’s what you need to know about Brussels art: where to go, what to eat, and where to stay.
See arts & design in Brussels
You would have to spend at least a week to see all of the art galleries and museums that Brussels have to offer. Here’s a rundown of a few of the top must-see Brussels art spots:
Musees Royaux D’Art et d’Histoire was founded in 1835 and houses important art pieces from civilizations from around the world.
Musees Royaux des Beauz Arts de Belgique is one of Brussels’ architectural treasures, built in 1887 as an example of Beaux-Arts architecture. This museum offers over 20,000 artistic works and many from Flemish painters. On the same campus, you’ll also find four other museums: the Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum of Modern Art.
Constantin Meunier Museum and the Antoine Wiertz Museum: These two museums showcase smaller art collections by these Belgian artists.
Musees d’Extreme-Orient offers a collection of Japanese and Chinese art, porcelain, artifacts, and even pavilions to match the museum’s themes.
Horta Museum is located in the home of Belgian architect and designer, Victora Horta, famous for his Belgian Art Nouveau style prominent throughout Brussels.
Belgian Comic Strip Center is dedicated to the history and development of the comic strip and its Belgian roots. Also showcases works from Tin Tin and the Smurfs – both Belgian comics.
Eat where food is a form of art
For some people, food isn’t just food: it’s a completely unique art medium all its own. One of the top restaurants in Belgium is L’Air du Temps in Eghezee, Belgium, a 45-minute drive from Brussels. Here, Chef Sang-Hoon Degeimbre creates delicious, colourful masterpieces of art on plates using fresh herbs and vegetables from the restaurant’s own garden.
Stay at boutique art hotel, Hotel Bloom
If you’re visiting Brussels to discover its art galleries and museums, then consider staying at the chic, design hotel: Hotel Bloom. Located on Rue Royale, this hip, elegant, boutique art hotel brings the art gallery to you with one-of-a-kind frescoes and rooms designed by talented young artists from the European League of the Institutes of the Arts.
Luxury accommodations meet artistic savviness and inspiration at Hotel Bloom where you can also take part in this design hotel’s unique offerings like its 5km or 10km running tour, its state-of-the-art fitness room, the hotel’s own BLOOM fragrance, scented candles, or music by DJ Cosy Mozzy created just for the hotel.