"Museum of Central Africa" Tervuren Things to Do Tip by irisbe

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  Royal Museum for Central Africa
by irisbe
 
 

You cannot miss visiting the Royal Museum for Central Africa.
It is the landmark of Tervuren.
Facing the beautiful “French” garden, the museum is build almost on the crossroad where the central path from the Warande park, crosses the path going from the Castle at one side towards the side where you can see a beautiful sculpture, erected on the location where was meant to be constructed an international university.

The French architect Charles Girault designed the museum. It took from 1904 till 1910 to finish it. Not very much to your surprise the result might remind you of Versailles and the Petit Palais in Paris. Indeed, they where the inspiration for the design of the Africa Museum.

Except for the glassing of the arcade in, the building remained unaltered.

The purposes of the museum was to provide a good recourse for studies about Central Africa and collect items for research and to show case the Colonial richness concerning artefacts, plants and animals to the Belgian civilians.

It is still a nice museum to visit and there are yearly several temporary additional exhibitions to attend.

If you are in Brussels for long time enough, this is really worth a trip.

Address: Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren
Directions: Directions are on the link of the city museum.
Website: http://www.africamuseum.be/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 26, 2004
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