The majestic Magritte Museum
The Magritte Museum
, part of the Royal Museums of Fine Art
in Belgium, lies at the heart of Brussels. It's permanent collection contains more than 200 works by the surrealist Belgian artist René Magritte. Some of these works include The Secret Player (1927), The Dominion of Light (1954) and The Return (1940). The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions themed on different aspects of Magritte's work and how his art relates to those by other artists. Since it's opening in 2009 the museum has been a major attraction.
Discover Magritte's work, from oils to celluloids
Whilst wandering around the Magritte Museum halls you are treated to a closer look into both the mind of the artist as well as Belgian culture. The collection is presented chronologically, from the third floor down, and consists of a variety of his works; drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs and more. As it is a popular attraction, there is a risk of queues, which you can avoid by booking your ticket online in advance. Entrance is free on the first Wednesday of the month.
Exploring the classics
Whether you take a guided tour of the Magritte Museum, which is available upon request, or explore it at your own pace, it will be an impressive sight. Study the works on display to see some some of Magritte's trademark images, such as birds, bowler hats and apples, before stopping for a snack in the café. If you're in the mood for a full dinner you can enjoy a delicious meal at the elegant brasserie. Visitors on the lookout for souvenirs to remind them of their visit can stop at the gift shop, where you can buy books, postcards and posters, as well as other souvenirs. When staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi Hotel the Magritte Museum awaits a short 10-minute walk away. If you don't feel like walking or want to combine a visit with other city attractions, it is easily accessible from the Gare du Midi railway station
, located across the street from the hotel.