An Artful Morning At Brussels’ Royal Museums Of Fine Arts

There’s nothing like a morning filled with art. In Brussels, you can visit the beautiful Museums of Fine Art. The museums are situated in the downtown area, on the Coudenberg. There are four museums connected with the Royal Museum, and two of them (the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Brussels), are in the main building. The other two (the Constantin Meunier Museum and the Antoine Wiertz Museum) are dedicated to specific Belgian artists, are much smaller, and are located a few kilometers from the city center.

The Royal Museum contains over 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings, which date from the early 15th century to the present. The museum has an extensive collection of Flemish painting, among them paintings by Bruegel and Rogier van der Weyden, Robert Campin (the Master of Flémalle), Anthony van Dyck, and Jacob Jordaens. The museum is also proud of its “Rubens Room”, which houses more than 20 paintings by the artist.

I recommend taking a morning and moving your way through the exhibitions. Out of all the great European museums, it’s one of the most well-curated. Don’t miss the opportunity.