Fodor's Expert Review Atomium

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Like a giant, shiny child's toy rising up out of a forest, the Atomium was created in 1958 as part of the World's Fair of Brussels. Unlike many things created for such events, it wasn't quite the boondoggle it first appeared and is now (along with the Mannekin Pis) one of the symbols of the city. Shaped like an atom, an elevator takes you up the central axis, with walkways linked to the protruding spheres by escalators. One sphere contains a permanent exhibition about the building's history, with the others set aside for temporary displays on design and architecture. Audio/video guides in English are available. The upper sphere also provides great city views. In late 2015, a new art and design museum, called ADAM, opened in the adjacent Heysel Exhibition Park. Described as the "tenth sphere" of the Atomium, its permanent collection ("the Plasticarium") is a remarkable celebration modern design, while temporary shows have covered everything from Bauhaus to Soviet poster design. Parc d'Osseghem,... READ MORE
Like a giant, shiny child's toy rising up out of a forest, the Atomium was created in 1958 as part of the World's Fair of Brussels. Unlike many things created for such events, it wasn't quite the boondoggle it first appeared and is now (along with the Mannekin Pis) one of the symbols of the city. Shaped like an atom, an elevator takes you up the central axis, with walkways linked to the protruding spheres by escalators. One sphere contains a permanent exhibition about the building's history, with the others set aside for temporary displays on design and architecture. Audio/video guides in English are available. The upper sphere also provides great city views. In late 2015, a new art and design museum, called ADAM, opened in the adjacent Heysel Exhibition Park. Described as the "tenth sphere" of the Atomium, its permanent collection ("the Plasticarium") is a remarkable celebration modern design, while temporary shows have covered everything from Bauhaus to Soviet poster design. Parc d'Osseghem, which lies to the east of the Atomium, offers a wonderful stroll through the woods. READ LESS
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Av. de l'Atomium
Brussels, Brussels Capital  B1000, Belgium

02-475–4775

www.atomium.be

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Rate Includes: €12; combo ticket with ADAM €15, ADAM closed Tues.

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