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  

Walking Tours in Brussels, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

Creating your own self-guided walk in Brussels is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Leopold Quarter Walking Tour

Leopold Quarter Walking Tour

Built in 1837, the Leopold Quarter is a popular district in Brussels and features some of city's most significant buildings, like the Paul-Henri Spaak building, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and Antoine Wiertz Museum. The district is also home to the popular Leopold Park and Jean Rey Square. Check out this next three-hour tour and enjoy the best sites of the Leopold Quarter...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
The Sablon Sights Walking Tour

The Sablon Sights Walking Tour

The Sablon is a hill and neighborhood in the historic upper town of Brussels. At the top of the hill we find the twin squares of Grand Sablon and Petit Sablon, divided by the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon. The area is especially known for a great variety of antique dealers, chocolate shops and art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
The European Quarter Walking Tour

The European Quarter Walking Tour

Along with Luxembourg and Strasbourg, Brussels is one of the de facto capitals of the European Union. The city's European Quarter hosts some of the most important buildings of the European Union, such as the Berlaymont building, the Justus Lipsius building and the Paul-Henri Spaak Building. Take this two-hour tour and discover the European Quarter of Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Grand Place Walking Tour

Grand Place Walking Tour

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also a top tourist destination in Europe. The city's main square is the Grand Place. The square is famous for its Baroque style buildings, such as the Town Hall, the King's House and other guildhalls, all of which make the Grand Place a busy tourist hotspot. Take this one-hour tour to visit the most popular tourist attractions situated in and around...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km
Mont Des Arts Walk

Mont Des Arts Walk

Mont des Arts, meaning "hill/mount of the arts", is a historic site in the center of Brussels. The Mont des Arts offers one of Brussels' finest views, the famous tower of the Brussels Town Hall in the Grand Place is clearly visible. On a sunny day, the Koekelberg Basilica and even the Atomium can be seen.
Major tourist attractions are located within walking distance of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Central Nightlife Tour Part 2

Central Nightlife Tour Part 2

Brussels' nightlife is represented by the variety of its clubs, among which are not only out and out discotheques, but also clubs that host world-famous DJs and live music. Brussels has some of the most fashionable night clubs in Belgium, such as Fuse, Bazaar and Havana. Take this walking tour to visit the most famous venues located in Central Brussels, all within a pleasant walking distance.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km

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