Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History



Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History is a state-run museum, which focuses on the military history of Belgium. Museum’s collections and exhibits include an extensive array of authentic military equipment, uniforms, aircraft, and tanks.  While there are rotating exhibits, the general exhibits tend to focus on the parts of the Napoleonic Wars, WWI, and WWII that were fought in Belgium.

For the younger audience, the museum offers a fun and original way to familiarize kids (8+) with the 19th century. You can rent a multimedia player and opt either for the family circuit (45 min. long) or the family quiz (90 min. long). The family circuit is a hilarious radio play for children, traveling back to the 19th century. Subjects such as Belgian independence in 1830, the first kings of Belgium and the Belgian Congo are discussed in a lively and good-humoured way. For the family quiz, the radio play is complemented by a series of exciting interactive questions and clever facts and figures. Children discover what the Belgian kings looked like as children, how rubber was harvested and which of Belgian’s neighboring countries are kingdoms.

Rent of the player: 2 euros / children – 3 euros / adult

Information about admission is here.

    • This place is good for

    • Little kids
    • Grade schoolers
    • Tweens
    • Teens
    • Everyone
    • Children with
      special needs
    • Recommended length

    • Up to 1 hour
    • 1-3 hours
    • Half a day
    • Full day
    • A day is not enough
    • Price

    • Free
    • $
    • $$
    • $$$

      Features confirmed by parents

      • Parking on-site
      • Access by public transportation
      • Available discounts

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    Ideal for a Sunday Outing

    Reviewed 29 August 2016

    The Museum may not be designed specifically for kids, but there are a few areas that will be attractive for children. By far, the coolest place for the kids is the Aircraft hall. I would honestly go as far to say that this is one of the most impressive collections that I have seen outside of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The World War I aircraft collection is particularly noteworthy, but probably less interesting for the kids. The jets, on the other hand, are bound to appeal to them. The main hall and the collections of uniforms and armor will probably give most people a yawn after the third of fourth case, but the WWII exhibit has a little more context and the diorama set-ups appealed much more to the kids. The World War I tanks exhibit was particularly impressive to me and the boys. I'd never seen a WWI tank up close like that before. Parts of the Museum could use a little bit of a facelift in some areas, but it seems that they are in the process of a systematic overhaul. The cafeteria is not particularly impressive (and has weird hours), but does the trick if you are in need of a bite to eat. Nevertheless, it is a great place to visit in combination with a stroll in the park afterwards. Perfect for a rainy day, too.This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.

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    Practical info

    Parc du Cinquantenaire 3
    1000 Brussels, Belgium
    +32 (0)2 737 78 11


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