What are the free museums in Brussels?

What are the free museums in Brussels?
Museum of Art and History (c) Pierre Halleux

Updated on May 8, 2024 by pierre

Are you in Brussels on a tight budget? No hassle, I've found the museums you can see without breaking the bank. The Brussels museums below offer you a visit without cost or hassle.  Note that some museums are always free, others are free only on certain days. Below, I share with you our museum tips in Brussels

Which museums are always free in Brussels?

Among the 160 museums offering free entry every first Sunday of the month, around thirty are also accessible free of charge on the other days of the week. Additionally, some museums and exhibitions remain free all the time, even if they close on Sundays or weekends for some.

  1. Les Halles Saint-Géry
  2. Archives and Museum of Literature
  3. Municipal Museum of Jette County
  4. ULB – Botanical Garden
  5. ULB – Museum of Medicinal Plants and Pharmacy
  6. ULB – Espace Allende
  7. ULB – Museum of Medicine
  8. ULB – Museum of Zoology and Anthropology
  9. ULB – Chemistry experimentarium
  10. Museum of the National Bank of Belgium
  11. Central Showcase
  12. Experience.Brussels
  13. Géopolis – Center for photojournalism
  14. Pieter Cnops Municipal Museum
  15. CPAS collections
  16. Centrale Box Contemporary Art
  17. Archives and Museum for Flemish Life in Brussels
  18. The Lodge
  19. The House of Art
  20. Parliamentarium
  21. MedexMuseum: Ephemeral Museum of Exile
  22. Wiertz Museum
  23. Miller Museum
  24. Maurice Carème Museum
  25. Higher Institute for the Study of Plastic Language
  27. House of European History
  28. Marc Sleen Museum
  29. Belgian Museum of Radiology
  30. Flemish Parliament

Are there museums that are free only on certain days?

Following an initiative launched in 2012 by an ASBL (Arts&Publics), several Brussels museums open their doors free of charge one day per month. In order to maintain access to a subsidy, museums must be open to the general public free of charge every 1st Sunday or Wednesday of the month. A perfect opportunity to avoid breaking the bank during your cultural family outings.

Among these, there is a large number of museums well known to the general public. Among others, we find: the BELvue Museum, the King's House, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Natural Sciences Museum, the Magritte Museum... Below I tell you more about the free museums in Brussels.

1. Magritte Museum

Magritte Museum in Brussels (c) photo Natalia Trofimova unsplash
Magritte Museum in Brussels (c) photo Natalia Trofimova unsplash

Free the first Wednesday of the month. Find out more about the Magritte Museum.

2. Slip Museum

By Karel Leermans — Personal photography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5517297

Free on the 1st Sunday of each month (between 16-20 p.m.).

Official site here.

3. The King’s House

Free on the first Sunday of each month (between 10 a.m. and 17 p.m.).
website of the king's house

4. National Bank Museum

Free from Monday to Friday (between 9 a.m. and 17 p.m.).
Website of the BNB museum.

5. Belvue Museum

🌟 The BELvue museum is like a stylish guide to Belgium and our society! With super cool themes like democracy, prosperity, solidarity and many others, it's a real dive into what makes Belgium. And guess what ? They even have an interactive exhibition with over 200 objects! It's like traveling back in time, from the XNUMXth century to the present day. Psst, a little tip: it’s free every Wednesday afternoon! 🎉 Do you know why I liked it? Because it's not just a museum, it's like an adventure where you learn lots of cool things about Belgium, while having fun! 🚀

The Museum is free every Wednesday from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.

6. Brussels Museum of Fine Arts

By Michel Wal — Personal work, CC Wikipedia

Free on the 1st Wednesday of the month (13 p.m.-closing).

7. Jewish Museum of Brussels

Free admission on the 1st Sunday of the month.
Website of the Jewish Museum of Brussels

8. Museum of Musical Instruments (mim)

MIM Musical Instrument Museum (c) Pierre Halleux
MIM Musical Instrument Museum (c) Pierre Halleux

Free 1st Wednesday of each month (13 p.m.-Closed). Official Website here

9. Toy Museum

(c) Photo Toy Museum in Brussels – Gregory.sacre WikiPedia

Free on the 1st Sunday of the month


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