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Premeet Friday June 8th

We propose for the pre-meet to take place at the garden of Mont des Arts (Kunstberg), just 5 minutes walk from Central Station. It’s one of the most popular spots in Brussels with a beautiful view and a great place for pictures. As it is an open-space, it’s possible to gather with lots of people… At the terrace you’ll find a bar-restaurant, some coffee shops and other restaurants are close by.
The suggested time is 15:00 on Friday, June  8th, (so after lunch, you can go to the garden, enjoy the view, chat with some friends ) i
If you want to go and have a drink after the pre-meet, Brewdog is just next to the Central Station, a nice place with a large selection of beers.

What to see in Brussels: Musical Instruments Museum

Something to see, visit and enjoy in Brussels and Belgium; this week : Musical Instruments Museum

 Since 11 January 1992 the Musical Instruments Museum (now known as the ‘mim’) has been part of the Royal Museums of Art and History as Department IV. By royal decree, the State has recognised the scientific character of its activities and provided it with two sections: firstly, the early music section and secondly, the section of modern music (19th and 20th centuries), and popular and traditional music.
 
But the original creation of the Brussels Musical Instruments Museum dates from 1 February 1877, when it was attached to the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory with the didactic purpose of showing early instruments to the students.
 
Since 2000, the museum has been located in the former Old England department store, built in 1899 by Paul Saintenoy out of girded steel and glass in the art nouveau style as well as an 18th-century neo-classic building designed by Barnabé Guimard. Located at Rue Montagne de la Cour/Hofberg 2 on the Mont des Arts/Kunstberg, the museum sits next to Place Royale/Koningsplein and in front of the Magritte Museum.
 
http://www.mim.be/history
 
Museum opening hours
 
Tuesday – Friday: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and on holidays: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
 
Closed on Mondays, also on 1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December
Tickets sales end 45 minutes prior to museum closing.
 
mim
Musical Instruments Museum
Montagne de la Cour 2
B-1000 Brussels

What to see in Brussels: National Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Koekelberg

Something to see, visit and enjoy in Brussels and Belgium; this week : National Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Koekelberg

This Art Deco church is the fifth largest church in the world, located in the Koekelberg municipality of Brussels, after the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Paix in Yamoussokro on the Ivory Coast, St Peter’s in Rome, St Paul’s in London and Santa Maria Dei Fiori in Florence. Its impressive dimensions (89 metres high and 167 metres long) look out over the Parc Elisabeth. Though it is modelled on the Sacré-Coeur in Paris it is made of concrete, sandstone and red-brick and, unlike the original, is not gleeming white. King Leopold decided to build it in 1902 and he laid the first stone in 1905. It was finally completed in 1971 in time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence.

The basilica has also an important cultural function. It’s a magnificent Art Deco monument, there are two museums, there are yearly different expositions and you can enjoy a wonderful view over Brussels

The cupola platform, which has a diameter of 33 metres, gives an excellent view over Brussels and the surrounding area.

Address: Boulevard Leopold II
Open: 8am-6pm April to September and 8am-5pm October to March
Getting there: Metro Simonis then bus 87
http://www.basilicakoekelberg.be/documents/home.xml?lang=en