Standing on one side of Grand'Place, opposite the equally splendid Town Hall, is the ornate Maison de Roi (King's House), an exact 19th-century copy of the 1515 original built for Charles V. The museum housed inside is a good way to take a gallop through the history of Belgium’s capital. A mix of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, earthenware, and silverware are displayed on the ground floor. The second floor concentrates on the city's development, using large-scale models to help you locate the major historic sites. However, the main attraction here is the folklore section on the top floor, where some of the clothes of Brussels's most enduring symbol, Mannekin Pis, are on display. The improbable statue of a boy peeing merrily away stands in the small rue l'Etuve, and he's dressed in a different costume just about every day. Here in the museum you can see some of his wardrobe of 902 outfits, including Santa Claus, mayors of various cities, and a judo fighter.
Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles
Maison du Roi
Our Rating Neighborhood Grand'Place Hours Tues–Wed, and Fri–Sun 10am– 5pm, Thurs 10am–8pm Transportation Metro to Bourse/Gare Centrale Phone 02/279–43–50 Prices €4 adult, €1.50 children, free for those under 18 years on the weekend Web site Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles
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