One of Brussels’ newest museums, the Museum of the Turn of the Century (Musée Fin-de-Siècle) celebrates the city’s history as an artistic capital at the end of the 19th century. Though a tempestuous time politically, artists emerged during this time period that pushed the envelope away from classical traditions into modernism. Covering a span from 1868-1914, the museum chronicles the changing attitudes in art. Realism, Impressionism and Art Nouveau emerged during this time, ending only with the start of the first World War and with Belgium leading the way.
Historic collections of 19th- and 20th-century art are here explored with the newest technologies, like touch screens and interactive multimedia. Music, photography, and literature are represented as well, though less so than visual arts. Collections of the many facets of Art Nouveau, from furniture to decorative arts, are a highlight for many. With four floors to explore and many detailed descriptions throughout.
The museum can be found in the center of Brussels, near the entrances to the Magritte galleries. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am until 5 pm and on weekends from 11 am to 6 pm. Admission prices range from €8 to €13.