This museum is on the site of the former royal palace, the Coudenberg. A combination ticket can be purchased for entry to both sites.
The building was formerly a hotel, but this is a history museum that has nothing to do with the former purpose of the building. Rather, the museum covers the history of Brussels. There is very little from the time before the French Revolution. There is much reading, especially of the period from the French Revolution to World War I. There are maps, letters, pamphlets, posters. Taking the time to read everything would take the greater part of a day. With a fast pace, the museum can be toured in about two hours. After the previously mentioned time period, the exhibits can be absorbed much more quickly and there is less to read. There were very few visitors here and it is a quiet place. Very few of the exhibits are interactive and this is probably not a good place for children. The Bellevue is best for a quick, condensed history lesson of Brussels.
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