After the spectacular move of the Yser/Congo/Meuse panoramas in early October 2020, some 45 historical objects were transferred from the Sart-Hulet (Jambes) barracks to the Ypres barracks in the week of 12 to 16 October 2020. The move was induced by the closure of the Jambes barracks and the partial installation in the Amay barracks of the Museum of Military Engineering originally housed in the Sart-Hulet polygon.
Defence had already transferred most of the Military Engineering Museum objects (all part of the WHI collections) to Amay, as the Sart-Hulet polygon will be put up for sale. However, all objects...
The Brotherhood of Political Prisoners of the Neuengamme concentration camp was created 75 years ago, on 15 October 1945. We wanted to organize a large commemorative ceremony and hold our annual meeting at the Royal Military Museum in Brussels, with a visit of the new permanent exhibition “War - Occupation - Liberation”.
Because of COVID-19 it proved impossible to participate in the ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Neuengamme concentration camp on 3 May 2020.
At 12 a.m. we have therefore deposited a wreath under the large wall picture “The political prisoners in a concentration ca...
The annual commemoration of Fort Breendonk was rather special this year due to the restrictions.
In the presence of the representative of H.M. the King and High representatives homage was given with a virtual commemoration live on Facebook. You can rewatch the commemoration here: www.facebook.com/1928390034103078/videos/320955945667066
Photos ©WHI VANdenSTEEN
Temporary exhibition –From 01.10.2020 till 30.03.2021
In the framework of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the discovery of the horror of the camps the War Heritage Institute sets up an exceptional photographic exhibition at the Royal Military Museum.
In September 2019 Luc Mary-Rabine, a Belgian photographer and author, presents the War Heritage Institute with 242 original prints. The two series are entitled “Si je t’oublie” (If I forget you), a series dedicated to deportation and “De guerre en guerre” (From one war to the next), a series about the traces of the two wo...
The Brussels museums make their COME♡BACK during a long weekend with endless feel good activities! From Thursday 1 through Sunday 4 October artists and cultural organisations will pitch their tents in 40 Brussels museums to wipe out the difficult days of 2020 by means of a secure, comforting, relaxing and most of all positive program! More than 70 activities are planned!
The War Heritage Institute/Royal Military Museum of course participates and presents you with a varied program on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October.
1/ The visit/workshop “Point of view: framing” makes it possible to discover the new tempora...
Bastogne Barracks welcomes you with observance of all security measures!
Self-guided visits only (no guided tours)! To be visited: the large hall with the Second World War vehicles.
The McAuliffe section is not accessible.
When? Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Reservation mandatory : [email protected]
Follow the webinar “City of Sudden Death 75 years later” on Friday 4 September at 8 p.m. Historians Koen Palinckx and Pieter Serrien discuss the V-bomb terror in Antwerp in an online double interview. Koen Palinckx presides the War Heritage Institute's Board of Directors.
Register through www.mas.be/nl/activiteit/city-sudden-death-75-jaar-later - Webinar in Dutch.
October 1944: The German occupation of Antwerp has come to an end and the German army seems to be expelled from Belgium. However, between October 1944 and March 1945 the city is ravaged by V1 and V2 bombs launched from Germany and the Netherla...
All present-day kitchens are equipped with a microwave oven. An estimated 200 to 300 million of them are used all over the world. Let’s retrace the success story of an appliance we deem indispensible in modern life.
The name of Percy Spencer no longer rings a bell with anyone today, some innovation specialists excepted. However, the American engineer undoubtedly deserves double recognition: he not only contributed to the allied victory over Hitler, but also liberated housewives in the ‘70s. While working for the Raytheon company Spencer first discovered how to produce a major military invention – the radar – on...
Our scheduled are modified as of 1 September!
With the start of the new school year we adapt the schedules of our sites. Discover all changes below:
- the National Memorial of Fort Breendonk is now open from Monday through Sunday, the usual opening days, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.;
- guided tours are once again possible in the Trench of Death (Dixmude);
- group visits are now authorized on a more regular basis at Gunfire (Brasschaat).
the Royal Museum of the Army will be open
- from Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
- the Arcades, the Antarctic space and the Russian collections will be acces...
You possess an object, a document or a picture you would like to present the Museum with? For reasons of sound organisation we explicitly ask not to present documents or objects unexpectedly.
How does it work?
Before bringing or sending objects or documents you are kindly requested to contact us (by mail, postal services or telephone). Pictures and/or a description of the object or any other information you might have about the object to be donated, as well as a short explanation about its condition will help us determine whether or not the donation fits our collections.
After analysis of the information...