Mont des Arts

Climb to the top of this hillside arts precinct for views across the city and then visit some of the city’s best-known cultural institutions.

With 10 of the largest galleries and museums in the city, Mont des Arts is a thriving cultural hub. Explore the area on foot and seek out the major exhibitions or discover the independent galleries that have prospered in the area. 

King Leopold II originally conceived the idea for this innovative arts precinct in the late 19th century but it took more than 50 years to come to fruition. Mont des Arts is centered on the hill that occupies the space between the Royal Palace and the Grand Place and is today considered the city’s must-see museum quarter.

See influential paintings at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts or discover the local history at the National Archives of Belgium. Learn about Belgium’s long legacy of film at the Belgian Royal Film Archive, now called CINEMATEK. 

This area was once a densely populated residential neighborhood but many of the original structures were destroyed by the king to make way for the development of Mont des Arts. A number of modern architectural buildings and large open spaces have replaced the old houses.

The gardens and open spaces that surround the museums are destinations in themselves and even those with no interest in art will still love a visit to Mont des Arts. Climb to the summit of the hill for one of the best views across the city or surround yourself with nature by picnicking in the Mont des Arts gardens.

Mont des Arts is a public area and is located in central Brussels. It can be reached on foot from many downtown hotels. Parking is available near the Grand Place and the area is well-serviced by all modes of Brussels’ efficient public transport system.

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