Dedicated to Belgium’s most famous singer and actor, Jacques Brel, this museum offers an overview of his life and work from his birth in 1929 to his death in 1978. Born into an affluent family, Brel composed songs on the piano as a child and made his first record in 1953; he then hotfooted it to Paris, touring almost incessantly for the next 15 years. Along the way he became one of Europe’s foremost singer-songwriters, famously morose and sentimental by turn. In 1966, he held his final concert at the Olympia Theatre in Brussels and moved to America, subsequently having a hit on Broadway with the musical “Man of La Mancha.” He died in Tahiti and is buried close to artist Paul Gauguin. Set up by his daughter, this place offers a smattering of Brel memorabilia, tracks from his albums, snippets from his movies, and an in-depth examination of his life. Hardened fans of the Belgian crooner and contemporary of Edith Piaf might also consider the 3-hour Brel-themed walking tour around central Brussels.
Fondation Jacques Brel
Place de Vieille Halle aux Blés 11
Our Rating Hours Sept–June Tues–Sun noon–6pm, July–Aug daily noon–6pm. Closed Jan 1, May 1, Nov 1, Nov 11, and Dec 25 Phone 02/511-1020 Prices Admission 5€ adults, 3.50€ seniors and students Web site Fondation Jacques Brel
MapPlace de Vieille Halle aux Blés 11 Brussels
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