Discover Benelux, Issue 64, April 2019

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Discover Benelux  |  Flanders, Wallonia and Luxembourg  |  Best Museums, Art & Cultural Hotspots

Whether you are an art aficionado, a history buff, or simply craving some cultural satisfaction, Belgium and Luxembourg are brimming with museums and galleries.

Step back in time Keen to learn more about how people lived 100 years ago? Then head to the superb A Possen museum, set in a historical village in the Luxembourg Schengen commune. There, you will gain an insight into rural life before the industrial revolution. In Belgium, an absolute must is the renamed Art & History Museum (formerly The Cinquantenaire Museum), located in Brussels’ famous Cinquantenaire Park. The historic building covers 68,000 square metres and boasts artefacts from most civilisations and all continents.

Rare relics In the Wallonian city of Namur you will find the Museum of Ancient Arts of Namur (TreM.a), home to some of the country’s most treasured art collections, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Show-

Photo: Patrick Jenin,Musée A Possen

casing everything from rare religious relics to oil paintings and beautiful jewels, the museum highlights Wallonia’s heritage as well as influences from further afield. Also in Wallonia, is the wonderful city of Tournai, where any visit should begin with a wander around the magnificent Victor Horta designed Musée des BeauxArts (Museum of Fine Arts).

National and international In Flanders, you will not want to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA). This cultural-heritage institution of the Flemish community showcases art, film and visual culture from national and foreign artists. Also well worth a visit in arty Antwerp is the unique IBASHO gallery, where you can explore the finest Japanese photography.

Collection M HKA. Photo: M HKA

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