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Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

First thing to consider when visiting Brussels museums is the Brussels Card. It will most likely save you time and money.

Also known as the Het Museum van Cacao en Chocolade or Le Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat. Upon entering the small house that serves as a shop, demonstration room and two floors of museum exhibition, you will smell the pungent aroma of melted chocolate – the chocolate maker is ready for the next round of demonstrations.

Chocolate Museum BrusselsThis small museum is unfortunately not in the list of museums in the maps of the Tourism Office but you will still be able to find information about it here. It is not included in the Brussels Card so you will need to pay the small entrance fee which includes a free sample of melted chocolate on speculoos cookie and as much chocolate as you can eat from the demonstration!

Once you have purchased your ticket, receive the free sample of warm melted chocolate from the attendant and then move into the back of the room where the demonstrations are held. It is the kitchen of the chocolatier (Belgian chocolate maker). There is a simple set of equipment on the bench: a large double-boiler for melting the chocolate blocks and an endless variety of plastic moulds.

The chocolate demonstration is almost miraculous as you watch the chocolate go from liquid to hard shell and taste the result. The chocolate maker will show you the secret of making seashell chocolates and pralines. It lasts for about 15 minutes and you are offered chocolate to taste throughout the routine – available in English or French.

After having your fill of the demonstration, there are two floors of cocoa facts and chocolate facts to explore. The first floor has a huge canoe, similar to the ones used in the cocoa collecting countries of West Africa. You will also find information about where cocoa is produced and how the beans are turned from fruit seeds into chocolate. The second floor is a display of Belgian chocolates, how it was eaten in the 1500s when it was first brought to Europe and also some posters with myth-busters on eating chocolate.

The Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate is definitely a treat for chocolate lovers.

Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am to 4:30pm, closed on Mondays except for public holidays.

Price includes entry and chocolate tasting.

Adults…€5.50, Seniors and students…€4.50, children under 12 with their parents…Free
Brussels Card…Free

Location in Brussels
This museum is located around the corner of the Grand Place on one of the small alleys off the edge of the Grand Place in the southwest direction.

Address
Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate
Rue de la Tete d’Or, 9-11
1000 Brussels
Website: www.mucc.be


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