This contemporary art museum has so many fascinating exhibitions you won’t want to miss it. So, here’s my MIMA Museum in Brussels guide.
How To Get To the MIMA Museum
Located near the centre of the city, MIMA Museum is in the Molenbeek district of Brussels.
Getting around Brussels couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:
By Public Transport:
The most convenient way to explore Brussels, is with a little help from public transport.
You can buy a Brussels Card with STIB Public Transportation, which allows unlimited use of all STIB buses, trams or metro lines for 24, 48 or 72 hours in the Brussels Region.
The Brussels Card also gives free access to 41 museums in Brussels, plus discounts on the most popular attractions, so it’s certainly worth the investment.
By Hop On Hop Off Bus:
Standard buses are available around Brussels with the Public Transportation Card.
However, there is also of course the famous Brussels Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus.
This bus lets you jump on and off throughout the city, and explore monuments such as the European Parliament, the Museum of Fine Arts and the world famous Atomium.
This option is always popular among tourists, and a is great way to see many famous landmarks around Brussels at ease.
Some of the best days out we’ve had in Brussels have been on private tours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
MIMA Museum Entrance Fee
Children 12 – 18 years €7.50
Children 6 – 12 years €3.00
MIMA Museum Opening Times
Closed Monday, Tuesday
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am -6pm
Open Saturday, Sunday 11am – 7pm
Best Time To Visit The MIMA Museum + Tips
Like all attractions it is quieter if you get there first thing or later in the day. It’s always nice to have time to look at the art work without too many crowds.
Allow yourself a couple of hours or a little longer if you want to stop off in the restaurant.
Check out Brussels: 49 Museums, Atomium, and Discounts Card if you love your museums and are likely to be visiting lots!
What To Pack
History of the MIMA Museum
Housed in a converted four storey brewery, originally built in 1916, the museum sits on the edge of a canal.
MIMA Museum (Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art) is owned by developer Jean Paul Putz and was opened on the 15th April 2016.
Privately financed by Putz at a cost of €18 million, the museum started as a non-profit business to make contemporary art accessible. There being very few contemporary art museums in Belgium.
What To Expect At The MIMA Museum
This brightly coloured space is laid out over four floors with a terrace at the top of the building.
It’s full of some dynamic and thought provoking pieces of art that represent what it likes to call ‘culture 2.0’ or the culture that grew from the internet age.
The permanent exhibitions at the MIMA Museum explore the history of this culture using collage, sculpture, drawings, videos and installations. With themes including extreme sports, graffiti, tattoos, comics and more.
In fact, the museum features over 60 different artists from all over the world such as Swoon, Maya Hayuk, MOMO and the artistic duo FAILE.
You will therefore find a diverse range of unusual and interesting art work to be viewed. Also look out for concerts and performances that the museum regularly host.
This museum has a very laid-back feel and if you are a fan of contemporary art or street art, you will definitely love it here.
It also houses an art shop, a restaurant and two panoramic viewing points over the canal and the city of Brussels.
With temporary exhibitions changing regularly, it’s always worth a visit even if you have been before as you never quite know what you might see!
If you love your museums Brussels: 49 Museums, Atomium, and Discounts Card may be worth purchasing.
Where To Stay In Brussels
Luxury – Hotel Metropole
ThisDeco hotel dating from 1895 is situated in the historical centre of Brussels, a 10-minute walk from Grand-Place and .
The marble staircases in the lobby lead up to the rooms, which include a TV with internet access.
The Hotel Metropole also offers 24-hour room service.
The breakfast room has the same layout and design as the Akshardham Temple in Delhi, India.
There is also Cafe Metropole where you can enjoy a premium brasserie-style cuisine in Brussels typical tradition. Guests at Hotel Metropole benefit from 6 free minibar drinks.
Mid-Budget – Vintage Hotel
Offering free WiFi throughout the property, this hotel has rooms with 70s-style décor and flat-screen cable TV.
It includes a stylish boutique wine bar and a spacious courtyard terrace.Hotel Brussels is also only 50 yards from the fashionable Avenue Louise shopping area.
Each of the rooms at Vintage Hotel Brussels includes work desk, a modern bathroom and an iHome docking station with music player, radio and alarm functions.
Guests can make use of the free WiFi. A buffet breakfast featuring fresh fruit, coffee and pastries is available daily.
Budget – Train Cabin Hostel
Located on a roof, Train cabin Hostel offers an unique concept in Brussels.
The accommodation is in an actual train sleeper cabin, used on the Belgian Railways.
The Cabin has an exterior shared bathroom fitted with a shower.
The unit comes without bedding, therefore guests bring their own sleeping bag.
For more places to stay in Brussels, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.