The Brussels Air Museum is part of the Koninklijk Museum van het Leger en de Krijgsgeschiedenis / Musée Royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire (Royal Army and Military History Museum), and is housed in the Palais du Cinquantenaire (Brussels), which besides an aviation department also has large collections on other aspects of the military history.
The museum does not charge an entrance fee (February 2007). The Air Museum specifically has a unique collection of aircraft from the early days of aviation, which unlike many other museums hardy contains any replicas. Those include the only original Nieuport Ni.23 and Halberstadt C.V still in existence, the only complete example of a LVG C.V (although under restoration at the moment), one of only two RAF RE.8s surviving until today, etc.
The museum has expanded very rapidly in recent years, with duplicates traded abroad, leaving the trend of only displaying assets with a national connection. For the near future a Sea King, a Mirage F1 and a Saab Viggen are expected, while Lysander IIIA 2219 is expected to be moved to the main collection, after an intensive restoration, during 2007.
At the ground level a large documentation center offers the opportunity to consult interesting titles on air force and air force history. Quite an asset for the serious documentalist. When you come on a Saturday, you can also watch the indoor restoration part of the Museum. When you visit the museum during the winter, as we did, be sure to dress warm there is no heating inside the main building.
Source: http://www.scramble.nl For more information see: http://airmuseum.be/en/index.php