Museums in Belgium
Guy Moerenhout was one of the very last Abarth rally racers, supported by Fiat Auto Belgio. He has been the owner of a Car & Tuning Workshop since 1971, and decided in 1997 to let everyone enjoy the benefit of his experience and knowledge about all matter Abarth. Since 2007 he is the proud owner of the 'Abarth Works Museum' in Lier.
Ghislain Mahy bought his first car in 1944. By the year 2000 he amassed a collection of over a 1000 classis cars. Autoworld Brussels was opened in 1986 where 230 cars from the Mahy collection is still visible. The Mahy family now has another museum as well.
Bastogne Barracks is a Belgium Military Museum. Since 2010 it’s an Interpretation Centre of the Second World War. Be sure to visit the “Nuts” basement illustrating a decisive step in the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the numerous exhibition galleries. Discover the “Vehicle Restoration Center” giving Royal Military Museum armoured vehicles a new lease of life.
The Brussels Urban Transport Museum (MTUB) was founded in 1982 by members of the Société des Transports Intercommunaux Bruxellois (STIB) and a few amateurs with a passion for public transport. The museum is remarkable in more ways than one. Firstly, there’s the building that houses it. The Woluwe depot was originally opened in 1897 for the trams that travelled along brand new Avenue de Tervuren. Two of its three halls have beautiful wooden roof structures: these halls house the museum. The third hall is still operated and used by STIB.
Once upon a time there was... the Collection Mahy, unprecedented in diversity, unique in the world! Veteran, vintage and classic cars, movie stars, trucks, buses, chassis, miniatures, pedal cars, bicycles, bikes, steam machines, carriages... basically everything relating to road transport since 1895 is on show at Mahymobiles. Over 300 vehicles are on display. Each has a fascinating story or a special place in motoring history and everything exudes passion. Collection Mahy is also responsible for the Brussels “Autoworld” museum
A local museum, housing about 95 cars from 1899 to the 1970s. An interesting highlight is the Fawcett Flyer Runabout from 1918 which is not featured in any of the major encyclopedias.
A listed tram shed from 1912 houses more than 55 vehicles from 1873 until now: Antwerp's first electric tram, a steam tram, the last gyrobus in the world and much more.
American Legend, a motorcycles shop put together this exhibition which is named after a former cafeteria in Antwerp, called Forgotten Times. Its illuminated advertising is part of the museum, which features old motorcycles and American cars.
The Transport Museum explores the history of urban transport in the Liège region and in Wallonia from the 18th century to today. The museum presents about fifty vehicles: horse-drawn carriages, horse-drawn and electric trams, trolleybuses, buses, etc. Historical documents, soundscapes, interactive and audiovisual devices complete the exhibition.
The museum is not only looking to the past, it also presents the challenges of mobility today as well as innovative projects in Belgium and in the world in terms of sustainable mobility.