From the instantly recognisable Smurfs and Belgian hero Tintin to the lesser-known characters of Asterix and Lucky Luc, this museum showcases years  of European comic book design and development and is sure to delight fans of all ages.

Housed in the iconic Waucquez Warehouse designed by Victor Horta over one hundred years ago, this gigantic collection of books, strips, design blueprints and rare editions can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a whole day of comic book fun on one of Brussels’ many comic book walking routes.

As well as spotting their favourite characters in the framed comics which occupy almost every inch of wall space, the exhibition areas mean children can learn more about the designers and artists who masterminded the creations. Displays of art materials, design sketches and obscure memorabilia make sure the center is more than just a gallery while the recently-opened exhibition The Art of the Comic Strip will have children thinking up their own heroes and tales in no time. Smaller children will be more than happy to gaze around in awe but the center provides a printable educational booklet for those aged 12 and over to fill out during the trip.

The European focus makes a pleasant change from the all-too-familiar Marvel and DC characters – be prepared for Tintin replace Superman and Batman as the go-to cartoon favourite. After picking their new heroes and learning about how the books are made, children can be let loose in the reading room which contains over 3000 albums of comics in thirty-six different languages – thankfully there’s plenty of seating and floor space available, you may be here a while!