Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

#2 of 15 in Museums in Flemish Brabant Province
History Museum · Architectural Building
Known locally as the "Museum of Africa," Royal Museum for Central Africa originally opened to showcase African artifacts brought back to Belgium by colonialists. Located in a neoclassical palace, the grand halls are lined with glass cases that showcase artifacts from different tribes. The museum also claims to hold over 10,000,000 taxidermied animals and an array of insects. Since the fall of colonialism, the museum has focused on anthropological and ethnographic research in Africa, with a few exhibits on other regions, such as Turkey. The large building is rarely crowded so you can purchase a ticket when you arrive. Wander the landscaped grounds, dotted with topiary and sculptures, before or after your museum tour. The animal sculptures, depicting elephants and other large creatures, contrast with the manicured lawns and make good spots to pose for photos. Currently the museum is undergoing extensive renovations. For Royal Museum for Central Africa and beyond, use our Tervuren journey planner to get the most from your Tervuren vacation.
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  • After renovation, the content was degraded to nearly nothing and not representing what Africa has meant to Belgium. Visit only for building and park  more »
  • A new experience! A new way to discover a museum. Perfect to play with your friends or family. It took us 80 minutes to complete the quest  more »
  • As a Museum there is no concept in it, you won't understand what they wanted to show you-even if there were in fact a lot of things to show...-. I would say, it is just a good collection.
  • First of all, it's such a beautiful tram (n°44) journey from the center to the museum that it's worth even if only for that. Second of all, you will see one of the most special trees in the world in a perfect park that surrounds the museum. Then the museum. It's fresh. It' s new. It deals with one of the most complex situations of the 21st century: ex colonial powers and their firmer colonies. In this case you have Belgium vs RD Congo and Rwanda and Burundi. You will have a wonderful day.

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