Just above the Brussels Information Center (BIP) – the place to pick up maps, brochures, and Brussels Cards – lies a charming exhibit about the city of Brussels as it exists today.  This is more funhouse than history museum, where you’ll learn the interesting tidbits that will make you and your family sound like experts on the city.

Did you know that Brussels is home to inhabitants from 171 different countries?  Or that one in three residents of Brussels come from another country? This is one big reason why English is gaining in use around the city.  This exhibit is a good example – all of the wall information is in English (alongside some French and Dutch)!

Kids will love creating streetscapes from the large soft building blocks in the Scale Model room.  And when I say “soft building blocks,” I mean that the blocks are large buildings representing frite stands, office buildings, hotels and historic buildings.  Let the kids run around in here for a bit while you read the rest of the factoids on the walls.

Building blocks of Brussels

It’s a fun introduction to the surprising city of Brussels, and a great place to let kids let off steam on a rainy day.

Age:  All ages

Admission: FREE

Hours: Every day from 10 AM- 6 PM (exept December 25th and January 1st)

Website: http://www.biponline.be/bip-expo

Getting There:  Rue Royale 2-4, Brussels 1000.  Metro: Central Station or Porte de Namur

Eating:

You can bring your own lunch and eat it in the cafeteria on-site for a charge of 0.50€ per person (book in advance). For a fantastic view of the city from a stunning art deco building, head around the corner to the top-floor café at the Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM).  Just have a coffee or quick snack there; the meals are pricey and not the best in the area.  The nearby Ciabatta Mania offers fresh juices and sandwiches in a comfortable setting. Or look for the ubiquitous yellow waffle truck on the street for a sweet treat.