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24 February - Cinquantenaire Museum

February 26, 2012

It has been a while since I visited the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels. This time I was keen to visit "The progress came from the sky", a temporary exposition providing a historical overview of our once so glamorous national airline SABENA which went bankrupt in 2001. There was a lot to see, ranging from posters up to engine cross-sections, but most space was taken by clothes both of flying and non-flying personel.

Although I enjoyed my visit I must admit that I was much more surprised by the molding shop. No airplane models this time but a vast collection of well-know statues, all replicas of course, but what a craftmanship is required to build the molds and reproduce the statues. As a matter of fact, the molding shop in Brussels has over 40.000 molds in stock. This makes it unique in Europe; only Berlin has a similar shop and Paris (although much smaller).

After a small lunch on Tervueren Avenue I visited the Air Museum which did not offer much new, but the ongoing works made it clear that big parts of the museum are being renewed.


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