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Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Brussels) Musees Royaux des Beaux- Arts


Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts is a Royal Museum of Fine Arts that was formed in 1803 by uniting the old Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art located next to the Royal Palace of Brussels.




Location: Rue de la Regence 3, Brussels

Tel. 02- 508 3211

Bus: 25, 27, 38, 60, 71, 95

Trolley: 92, 94

Subway: Centrale, Parc

Open: 10am- 5pm Tue- Sun

Closed: public holidays




Description of Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts


Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts is situated in the downtown area on the Coudenberg. It contains a large collection of paintings and sculptures that belong to the state. Some of them date to the time of rule of Austrian kings.


During Napoleonic Wars in the late 18th and early 19th century French revolutionary troops plundered Royal Museum of Fine Art in Brussels along with the whole region. They moved stolen goods to Paris. Only after defeat of the French Empire of Napoleon all confiscated masterpieces were returned to their homeland. Additionally kings William I and Leonid I purchased many art paintings to increase their magnificent museum. Royal Museum expanded considerably due to new works of Flemish, French and Italian painters.


Much of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts is reserved for paintings of the Belgian masters dating to 14th- 18th centuries. Numerous halls of the Museum is designated in numbers and letters for easy way to find yourself around this large building. Today it contains over 20,000 works of art: paintings, sculptures and etc.










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