Belgium was liberated 75 years ago. The event heralded the end of the Second World War in Europe. This year the national holiday draws attention to this anniversary. A special tribute will also be paid to all the men and women who, in one way or another, fought Covid-19.
Festivities will be launched at 2 p.m. A parade will be organised, but on a limited scale. The official stands will face the Royal Palace and the King will hold a brief address. Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eleonore, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Prince Laurent...
As of Wednesday 20 May 2020, three War Heritage Institute sites will once again be accessible to the public: the Royal Military Museum (Brussels), the National Memorial of Fort Breendonk (Willebroek) and the Trench of Death (Dixmude).
The sites are open from Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.Till 30 June at least, following measures apply:
Reservation is mandatory, either by email or by phone (from 18 May):
The War Heritage Institute gradually reopens its sites. The command bunker of Kemmelberg (Heuvelland), Bastogne Barracks (Bastogne), Gunfire (Brasschaat) and the Documentation Centre (Brussels) remain closed to the public for the time being. We will of course inform you of all changes in this situation, but do not hesitate to (re)visit the Royal Military Museum (Brussels), the Trench of Death (Dixmude) or the National Memorial of Fort Breendonk (Willebroek).
On Thursday 12 March the National Security Council and the federal government took additional measures in an effort to curb the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) in our country. Among other measures, and as a sanitary precaution, gatherings in confined spaces are forbidden and “social distance” is recommended.
The War Heritage Institute will therefore be closed to visitors through May 18th. This decision with immediate effect is applied to our six sites (i.e.: Royal Military Museum...
Our 6 sites had to close their doors, but our teams keep calm and carry on during the confinement. Historians and collection managers prepare future exhibitions, the administrative services provide constant follow-up, the security teams guard our precious possessions, … while waiting for your next visit.
The situation is exceptional and we do our utmost to keep in touch with you all. We know that a direct confrontation with an object from the past indeed remains priceless, but the institution nevertheless wishes to maintain its activity and to surprise you in these trying times....