"It's Africa! Royal Museum for Central Africa" Royal Museum of Central Africa - CLOSED Tip by xuessium

by xuessium

King Leopald II of Belgium had expensive tastes.

Belgium was very late in the rush of the colonial powers to carve up black Africa but that did not stop old King Leopald II to dab his hands to add more bloodshed. By force, he managed to wrestle a piece out of Africa known as the Belgian Congo, and my, what a piece of jewel in that crown for his already bulbous head.

The Museum was created in 1897 putting it way past a century old. Whatever its origins are, today, it is certainly one of the spot I would recommend that you make a stop while in Brussels.

Some folks said that the museum is in need of an upgrade. I won't disagree but there is no taking away the rustic charm of the place. The Zoology collection alone is astounding, featuring a large collection of African fauna while the Entomology Section boasts some six million insects. This is on top of the extensive collection of African memorabilias, art & treasures that were carted back to satisfy Leopald II's insatiable appetite.

The marbled high domed lobby with the 4 golden statues is impressive enough upon your grand entry into the museum.

Simply remarkable.

Entry fee: 4 Euros for Permanent exhibits (circa Aug 2005) + 6 Euros for additional exhibits
There are many galleries for you to get lost in..and there is a cafe "Simba" within the museum for you to get your bearings. There is a beautiful park right outside the museum as well.

Museum Opening Hours :
Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (even if public holiday)
Saturday & Sunday : from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (even if public holiday)

Address: Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren
Directions: Outskirt of Brussels in Tervuren
Phone: 32-27695211
Website: http://www.africamuseum.be/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 20, 2006
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