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After a two-month closure it’s such a pleasure to once again wander through museum galleries, to reconnect with their exceptional vibe and to escape from one work to another, from one universe to the next. And to celebrate this renewed delight, what better way than to dive into the diversity and singularity of the Brussels collections in the company of their curators? They take us on a cultural trip strewn with anecdotes and heart-throbs, on a voyage filled with gems and quirky items!

Michel Jaupart, acting director general of the Royal Military Museum, shares his choice with us.

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The WHI Gunfire Brasschaat site houses a large collection of vehicles and equipment, either armoured or not. These vehicles and equipment items were mainly used by the Belgian armed forces in Germany. The collection provides an extensive overview of the various weapons within the Belgian armed forces: field artillery, anti-aircraft artillery, infantry, cavalry (tanks-recce units), military engineering and logistics. The objects mainly date back to the years following upon the Second World War, a.k.a. the “Cold War”.

The collection also counts several precious items predating the First World War or from the i...

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Discovering the Military Museum is not only wandering through various galleries in order to analyse successive wars. It is of course much more, but do you actually know that? Visiting the Royal Military Museum also is enjoying a spectacular view over our lovely capital from the Jubilee Park arcade terraces!

Before experiencing this exceptional event, you are presented with unique collections of military objects, testimonials of a time in which war was fought with panache, with refined weapons and headdresses manufactured by world-renowned gold and silversmiths. A bygone era in which both music and the sound of...

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Discover the pictures of the 21st of july!

© copyright : Malek Azoug

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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 will also be present. Five F-...

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Tunic of the 16th Dragoon regiment (2. Hannoversches Dragoner-Regiment), German Imperial Army, model 1915, worn by the German Emperor Wilhelm II.

In May 2020 the WHI acquired a true treasure. The First World War collection now also features a cavalry uniform jacket of the 16th Dragoon regiment, that belonged to the last German Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941).

A silk tailor’s label of court supplier Noé & Schultze, with the Emperor’s signature in blue pencil, as well as an embroidered regiment label for the 2nd Hanoverian Dragoon regiment n° 16 with the hand-sewn imperial monogram and crown, do not leave an...

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On Wednesday 8 July from 6 p.m. onwards a two-hour DJ set by artist Luna Semara on the Cinquantenaire arcade will air on social media!

Festivals were cancelled, tours delayed, album releases interrupted, etc. Just like the entire cultural sector in Belgium the music scene was and is badly hit by the sanitary crisis. Impact on artists still is difficult to estimate, but the effects will be far from minor, especially for budding musicians. Hangar keeps airing live DJ sets in order to raise money for associations running into financial difficulties because of the corona pandemic.

The fund calls for solidarity a...

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Het Fort Eben-Emael - an immense underground complex and in its time one of the largest and strongest fortifications in Europe - was considered impregnable. Until May 10, 1940, when a German elite unit of paratroopers seized the fortress during a spectacular attack.

The fort is reopened : you can now discover - in safe conditions, of course - the reconstructed barracks, the museum, the immense corridors and the battle stations.

More information about the fort and the corona security measures and reservation: www.fort-eben-emael.be

Photo © Fort Eben - Emael

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Take advantage of the summer to discover our collections under the sign of the "mask"!

Masks to protect yourself from gas, weapon blows, the sun or the scorching desert wind... Masks that bring oxygen to the pilot, protect the tank-rider's eyes or allow the parachutist to camouflage himself...

Come and follow our different courses:

  • QRCodes tour: discover the history and usefulness of about thirty masks by scanning the QRCode placed on the display case (available in FR, NL and ENG).
  • geocaching " Masks " tour: follow the trail of the masks by answering the questions. Pay attention and you will find the...

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Reopening of Cdoc to external visitors!

As weeks of confinement have fuelled your curiosity about your family's military past; as you have embarked on a final time trial for the presentation of your thesis, or simply because you have missed us, you will be happy to learn of the reopening of the documentation centre and its invaluable collections. The procedure is detailed on the Cdoc's home page (link).

For your safety and the safety of our employees, respect the adage: " make an appointment, prepare your visit and wear a mask ".

See you soon!

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