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Royal Museum for Central Africa
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US$32.51*
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Ranked #50 of 406 things to do in Brussels
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Owner description: The AfricaMuseum is known for being one of the world’s most beautiful and impressive museums devoted to Africa. Since its founding in 1898, its task has been to preserve and manage collections, carry out scientific research, and disseminate knowledge to a wide audience through its scientific, educational, and museological activities. The RMCA will reopen soon after being closed for renovation since 2 December 2013. It will have drastically changed in appearance but remodeling will not be limited simply to the building and access points. It will extend to the contents of this place of memory, where Belgium’s colonial past will be addressed capably and openly. All aspects of the museum will put in perspective. It works with researchers from the African communities in Belgium and will serve as a dynamic platform for research, encounters and dialogue between visitors from different generations and cultures.
Reviewed 2 November 2012

as the building plans have suffered some delays, the museum will stay open until July 2013, then it will close for 3 years for a complete renovation. Today you will see some old fashioned displays and panoramas, with tags in French and Dutch, more for the researchers than for normal customers - it is a pity as it has such an incredible wealth of collections (butterflies, insects, most of them hidden in archives) - but it´s missing the appeal to display things properly. In contrast look how Musee Quai Branley has done it in Paris.....
For a break in the middle of your visit it offers a cafeteria with some African touch

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Reviewed 29 October 2012

The Museum itself is a magnificient building and the park around it (a huge one!) is an excellent weekend spot (cycling, walking, duck watching). The museum is rather cheap (4 euros above 12 years), but its dull. Its nice and well organised and all that, but it is as museums looked like 10-20 years ago: things in display and that all. I go often to the park, and sometime only in the inside.

Thank 5Continents
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

I was stunned by the incredibly rich collection of insects and other little animals as well as the many mammals. I got tears in my eyes when I saw the table with yearly amounts of development money sent to Congo since its independence from Belgium which has nearly all disappeared in the pockets of corrupt Congolese politicians such as Mobutu.

Thank Herbert S
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Do not go to this museum hoping to be blown away by the exhibits and exotic displays. You won't.

This museum hosts a collection of artefacts and lots of creepy-looking staffed animals. It is certainly and old-fashion collection miles and miles away from what we are used to in modern museums. No interactivity, little information. That said, it does offer a good perspective into what people thought of Africa in in the early 1900's. Entrance is cheap and the locations is lovely so if the weather is good, it is still worth a visit. You just need to manage your expectations.

Thank Peitolobo
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Visiting the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren is a fascinating trip in time and space. The museum is a sumptuous 19th century building nestled in a beautiful park. It's easily accessible from central Brussels by Tram n.44.
The exhibition spaces are old, very old and have a lot of charm. Some are covered with murals depicting rivers and landscapes in Africa. The collections are absolutely amazing, with some outstanding masks and sculptures. The Tervuren Museum offers, not only an excellent introduction to the natural and cultural wonders of the continent, it is a remarkable testimony on the colonial period, with a focus on the relation between Belgium and Congo.

It also should be mentioned that the museum cafe serves interesting African culinary specialties.

The museum is about to close in 2013 for major renovation works. We hope it will keep its very special atmosphere.

Thank BaronBaron
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