War Heritage Institute

War - Occupation - Liberation

War – Occupation – Liberation at the Royal Military Museum (Brussels)

The largest exhibition about ‘40-‘45 in Belgium, with more than 1,000 collection items, countless visual documents, rare testimonials, etc. A journey back in time meant to make both young and old stop and think.

An incredible permanent exhibition

On 9 May 2019 the Royal Military Museum, one of the War Heritage Institute sites, opened a new permanent exhibition dedicated to Belgium and the Second World War. More than 1,000 collection items presented on 1,500 m2 illustrate an important page in the history of our country.

The new set-up completes and concludes the exhibition about the inter-war era and the start of the Second World War the Royal Military Museum created a few years ago. The existing section was modernized, the new section is surprisingly innovating.

A page in our history

The exhibition War-Occupation-Liberation tells the story of the country’s occupation and liberation (1940-1944) or of the end of the war in Europe and Asia (1944-1945), and also focuses on National-Socialist repression, persecution and political genocides (1933-1945). The exhibition goes well beyond traditional military history and draws attention to the social, political, economical and human consequences of the war. This is a balanced historical and scientific presentation, in which options, possibilities and “choices” in times of war constitute a leitmotif. Delicate issues are not avoided: institutional Belgium, the part played by the king, resistance, collaboration, persecution of Jews, repression, … are highlighted and put into context.

The twelve new exhibition areas are wonderful examples of modern and attractive scenography perfectly in tune with the subjects broached. Floors, walls, lights and showcases make for a harmonious visit. Spectacular multimedia applications complete the set-up. However, the Museum stays true to its mission statement: the unique and exceptional collection items are and remain the key elements, as they put the visitor in direct contact with the past.

Practical information

Where: Musée Royal de l'Armée, Parc du Cinquantenaire 3, 1000 Bruxelles

When: from Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Price: included in the Museum’s entrance fee