“Bande dessinée,” or comic strips, are a big part of Belgian culture.

Humorous characters like Tintin and Asterix are household names. The medium casts a wide net, including everything from serious and painstakingly drawn dramas to wordless collections of short scenes. The Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée (CBBD) is a tribute to this Belgian art form and proof of how serious the national obsession is. The museum starts way back at the beginning of drawing before showcasing the drawing, script-writing, and production processes and finally displaying countless examples of artists’ funny and beautiful work. In addition to the museum, visitors can page through comic books in the library and bookstore. Any fan of the form shouldn’t miss it.

Rue des Sables 20; 22 19 19 80; www.comicscenter.net/en/home; open daily 10am-6pm

Admission €8, student €7; no wheelchair accessibility