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Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History: the Cinquantenaire Arcades

The Cinquantenaire Arcades late-night openings. Visitors get access to the Napoleonic collections under the terraces and, above all, to the terraces that offer a breathtaking view of the capital.

The arcade gallery is located under the famous four-in-hand by Belgian sculptors Vinçotte and Lagae. Early in the 20th century two enthusiastic collectors, banker Georges Titeca and Count Robert de Ribaucourt, each bring together objects such as headgear, edged weapons and fire-arms from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Titeca collection mainly focuses on the French First Empire, the Restoration and the Second Empire. It consists of headdresses, edged weapons, honorary distinctions and an ensemble of rare musical instruments. The latter constitute one of the richest collections of musical instruments of that era. Count de Ribaucourt was passionate about weapons and prints. In 1939 he presented King Leopold III with his collection, with the wish of exhibiting it. Through the Royal Donation the collection arrives at the Military Museum; part of it is presented here permanently.

The gallery also gives access to the terraces, 65 metres above ground level. The view on the Jubilee Park and Brussels is quite breath-taking. The impressive monument was built between 1880 and 1905, when King Leopold II wished to fittingly celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence.

When ? 29/10, 30/10, 5/11 & 6/11, 19:00>23:00.
Where ? Cinquantenaire park 3, 1000 Brussel
Price : 50% off - €5 for adults, €4 for concessions
Info : here 

 

Musée Royal de l’Armée et d’Histoire Militaire