5 niche museums in Brussels you never knew existed
Visit the best niche museums in Brussels. Classic cars, chocolate treats, comic strips and the universe await you. Check out our top five.
Brussels is packed with things to see and do including a huge selection of specialist museums. There are a number of niche museums in Brussels you may have never heard of before, so we chose our top five for those with a little spare time and a lust to experience something different.
1. Choco Story Brussels
There is nothing quite like Belgian chocolate and for a good reason too. The Belgians have been making some of the world’s best for a very long time and Choco Story lets you in on a few secrets. Head to the museum, watch the chefs prepare pralines and learn about how those tasty treats make it from the hard cocoa bean to mouth-watering chocolates. Tastings are included in the tour making it the perfect museum to catch after a day at work or touring the city.
© Antoine Brynaert / Choco-Story Brussels
2. Planetarium of Brussels
Speed into the depths of space and explore the universe from the heart of Brussels. The Planetarium of Brussels is one of the largest in Europe, where you can sit under a huge dome, which acts as the sky. While staring up at the darkness you will be taken on a journey through our solar system, the Milky Way and beyond. Their database has over 100,000 stars, meaning you can discover planets long out of our reach.
Planetarium of Brussels © Hidden Raven
3. Autoworld Brussels
Motor heads have a vast wonderland full of fancy tires, antique motors and hot models at Autoworld Brussels. This hangar style museum is for those that appreciate a good set of wheels and the classics. They house over 300 cars in their permanent collection and always have a few temporary displays too, meaning you will want to come back to see what’s new. This summer, Autoworld is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, with some of the best models on display.
4. Belgian Comic Strip Center
Comics have entertained the world for over 100 years and with Superheroes like Iron man, Wolverine and Catwoman taking to the big screens, more and more people are discovering a lust for these drawn stories. At the Belgian Comic Strip Center you can enjoy browsing and learning about the famous Belgian comics such as The Smurfs and Tintin. Check out the exhibition on Jean Van Hamme’s ‘Thorgal’ and the invention of comic strips. You may not find your favorite Marvel heroes but you will certainly find something to marvel at, at this long-standing museum.
© Comic Strip Center / Daniel Fouss
5. Belgian Chocolate Village
Yes, there are two Chocolate-y attractions on this list! Belgium is a city of melted cocoa treats and the only thing better than a chocolate museum is two chocolate museums. Belgian Chocolate Village is one of the largest museums in Europe that is dedicated to the much-loved sweet. These guys will take you on a very tasty tour of how it goes from ‘bean to bar’ and they even have their own green house with cocoa trees. Learn a little, eat a little and be surrounded by the sweet smells of pralines, pastries and chocolate.
© Belgian Chocolate Village
Is your favorite museum not on the list? The city has many more excellent niche museums all of which you can find at Brussels Museums. Want some more info on the best things to do when in the city? Ask Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi and Park inn by Radisson Brussels Airport on Twitter: @parkinn.
Top image © David Marle / Planetarium of Brussels