On the banks of the Brussels Canal, the engaged and engaging Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA) showcases contemporary art with a permanent collection that includes works from outsider artist Daniel Johnston and cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis. Founded in 2016, Kanal also hosts several temporary exhibitions throughout the year on topics such as protest art.

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Nearby Brussels attractions

1. Sacrifice Mural

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This raw and unsettling mural is based on Caravaggio's Sacrifice of Isaac, and shows a child about to have his throat cut. The artist, who has also…

2. Cubitus

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In this mural a tetchy-looking Manneken Pis gazes up at his pediment, from which he has been displaced by a grinning, peeing bear.

3. Zinneke

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In the old Bruxellois dialect, zinneke means ‘a person of mixed origins’, which sums up the city’s inhabitants to this day. Hence Flemish sculptor Tom…

5. Anspach Fountain


Surmounted by a tall granite tower topped by a bronze statue of St-Micheal, the fountain commemorates a former mayor.

6. Au Lion d'Or

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The vaulted 1811 brick, neo-Gothic Au Lion d’Or building bridges a branch of the Senne River.

7. Halles St-Géry

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In 1881 this superb neo-Renaissance brick-and-wrought-iron meat market was built around a curious pyramidal monument-fountain (itself built to replace a…

8. Église Ste-Catherine

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Église Ste-Catherine must be one of the only religious buildings that positively encourages folks to urinate on its walls (there’s a ‘pissoir’ on its…