The Royal Museums of Fine Arts are by all means the best known and wealthiest group of museums in Belgium. The entrance, adorned with allegoric sculptures of Music, Architecture, Sculpture and Painting, leads into the main building, originally built as the Palace of Fine Arts, designed by the architect Alphonse Balat with personal support from King Leopold II. Completed in 1887, it currently houses the Museum of Ancient Art; the other four museums that are part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are the Museum of Modern Art, the Antoine Wiertz, Constantin Meunier and René Magritte museums. Interestingly, the Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, a painting long attributed to Pieter Bruegel and held at the museum, inspired the British-American poet W.H. Auden to write his Musée des Beaux Arts poem.
Rue du Musée 9
Keywords: museum, Brussels