Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is owned by the Royal Belgian Institute and is dedicated to natural history. The museum was founded in 1846 and started with the collection of Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine. In the 1860s, when new fortifications were being constructed near Antwerp, several whale fossils were unearthed. These became part of the museum’s collection. A mammoth skeleton was also unearthed around the time and became a popular display. The museum also displays fossils of the rare Iguanodon, a bulky herbivore dating back to the Early Cretaceous period. There are more that 37 million specimens or items in the museum’s collection, making it an important repository not only for Belgium, but one of the top-10 natural science museums in the world. The museum’s permanent collection includes: dinosaur hall, mammoths, north and south pole exhibits, a gallery of shells, the insect gallery, a mineral gallery and whale hall. Temporary rotating exhibits, which tend to be interactive in nature, are also presented at the museum. Research conducted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is occasionally showcased at the museum. An extensive library with old naturalist history books and contemporary academic journals is also on site.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sight Name: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Leopold Quarter Walking Tour  

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City Center Churches

City Center Churches

Brussels is the cultural capital of Belgium, it is also the spiritual home of Belgium's most significant churches. The city has a number of unique religious sites such as the Saint Nicholas Church, the Church of Notre-Dame de la Chapelle and the Sablon Church. Take this tour to visit some of the most impressive churches and cathedrals in Brussels' city center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Center Orientation Walk

City Center Orientation Walk

Brussels is a major European capital with a remarkable history and cultural heritage. It features a large number of architectural sites, museums and world -famous specialty shops. Take a walk and discover the main landmarks of Brussels such as the world-renowned Grand Place and the Royal Palace.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Artists' Studios and Museums Tour

Artists' Studios and Museums Tour

Brussels is the cultural capital of Belgium and also the former home of such well-known artists as Victor Horta, Camille Lemonnier and Paul Cauchie. There are a number of famous artists' houses and museums in Brussels, which exhibit numerous Belgian masterpieces. Don't miss the chance to visit some of the most famous artists' studios and house museums in Brussels.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Royal Sightseeing Walking Tour

Royal Sightseeing Walking Tour

The main Royal site in Brussels is the statue of Godfrey of Bouillon, which actually represents the center of the Royal Square. Also known as the Royal Place, the Royal Square is surrounded by the Royal Palace, the Royal Museums and the Royal Library. All these served as the official residence to the King of Belgium. Enjoy this two hour tour to visit the Royal places in Brussels.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
City Center Gift Shops

City Center Gift Shops

It would be a pity to leave Brussels without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Brussels, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. All shops are located within a pleasant walking distance, in Central Brussels.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Cinquantenaire Walking Tour

Cinquantenaire Walking Tour

Cinquantenaire is a famous public park in Brussels. Planned by King Leopold in the late 19th century, Cinquantenaire hosts some of the most significant museums in Brussels, such as the Museum of Art and History, the Museum of the Army and Military History, and the Autoworld museum. There are also a number of monuments located in the park. Check out this guide to fully explore this wonderful park.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

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