Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée

Price guide: Mid-range

Rue des Sables 20, Brussels, 1000

Price guide: Mid-range

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expert-rated things to do in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, History

Expert review of Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée

Museum devoted to the works of the great comic-strip artists.

The Belgian Comic Strip Centre is housed in a former textiles warehouse designed by Art-Nouveau master Victor Horta in 1906. It’s a heady tangle of twisted iron railings, tiered balconies and scrolled columns. The permanent exhibitions cover the history of the Belgian comic strip and there’s a good chunk given over to the genre’s most famous artist: Hergé, creator of Tintin. Young children will probably not be enthralled by the bland set up of rows of glass boxes, but there are several statues of Tintin and other cartoon characters dotted around the museum that make good photo opportunities.

Price advice: 

Adults 8 euros; children 3 euros; concession 6 euros; free entry with Brussels Card — see Brussels insider tips. Ticket includes an audio guide and free entry to Marc Sleen Museum across the road.

Expert tips: 
There’s a reading room next to the library where kids — and adults(!) — can read comic books quietly to their heart’s content.

More information on Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Museum
Rue des Sables 20, Brussels, 1000
+ 32 2 219 19 80
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tues—Sun 10am—6pm.

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