New - From now on …..  the Royal Military Museum  integrates the War Heritage Institute                                        

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War, the National Memorial Fort Breendonk and the Historic Pool of Defence unite forces…

The result: a brand-new military heritage and remembrance organization is launched… : War Heritage Institute

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2017-07-29 ... 2017-07-31

From Saturday July 29 till Monday July 31, 2017 the War Heritage Institute participates in the commemoration of the battle of Passchendaele at the municipality of Zonnebeke. The WHI presents impressive First World War objects, such as King Albert I’s authentic uniform worn as Colonel-in-Chief of the 5th Dragoon Guards. 

Within the Passchendaele Memorial Park the WHI, as representative of Defence, is an important actor, along with e.g. the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the National Army Museum, the Royal British Legion, the Western Front Association and the British Armed Forces...

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The War Heritage Institute honours Mrs Simone Veil, who passed away on June 30, 2017. As an Auschwitz survivor and a human rights defender she led a very special life. As a young girl she was interned at Auschwitz in March 1944. One year later, in May 1945, she returned to France. She worked hard to get ahead in life. As a civil servant at the Ministry of Justice, as Minister of Health and as the first president of the European parliament she devoted quite some energy to the defence of human rights. She undoubtedly belonged to the survivors in whom the Shoah catastrophe generated an ...

Expo Dieppe Royal Military Museum  24/06 > 31/12/17
2017-06-24 ... 2017-12-31

 In the framework of the 75th anniversary of the raid on Dieppe the War Heritage Institute presents its first temporary exhibition: Dieppe. Tribute to a raid. It illustrates a lesser-known episode of the Second World War: the raid on Dieppe on August 19, 1942.

A total of 99 items from the Royal Military Museum collections (Brussels), the city of Dieppe, Dieppe societies and private collectors enable us to retrace the stages of Operation Jubilee. Four complementary zones shed new light on the raid: the historical context and the major military actors, the Belgian part in Operation...

An exceptional acquisition made by the War Heritage Institute

Shortly after its creation the War Heritage Institute acquired an exceptional ensemble during an auction at the Dorotheum, the famous Viennese auction house and the oldest one in the world (founded in 1707), for the sum of 10,000 €. A bargain, considering the objects’ inestimable value. The acquisition comprises a complete infantry outfit of the Austrian line regiments (ca. 1780-1794). It matches the outfit worn by the Belgians in the so-called national regiments serving in Joseph II, Leopold II or Franz II’s “K. Und K. Armee”.

The unique outfit is made up of: a headdress (Kaskett...

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On June 6, 1944 a major event was to mark a turning-point in the Second World War in Western Europe: D-Day or the Normandy Landing.

The Western Allies indeed organized a maritime landing supported by violent aerial or naval bombings and by airborne forces. Objective: to open a new front with the aim of putting an end to the German occupation of Europe. Three airborne divisions were dropped overnight and at daybreak some 156,000 allied soldiers landed on the 5 Normandy beaches selected for the operation. They had to face nearly 40,000 entrenched German soldiers defending the sector....


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Four fun-filled trails, designed for both young and old, enable you to discover the Museum in an original way during exciting treasure-hunts.

In each trail you need to solve some ten simple riddles across the Museum. These will provide the coordinates of the final « cache » (the treasure). Don’t worry, you don’t need a GPS, high-tech systems, maps, compasses or sextants: the coordinates are virtual ones!

At the end of each trail, go back to the Museum welcome desk, where your coordinates will be validated and where you will receive access to the « treasure », a reward for...

2017-07-01 ... 2017-09-20

Since May 1, 2017 the Royal Military Museum is part of the War Heritage Institute. Use summer break to (re)discover the riches of the Jubilee Park.

Activities galore for young and old. Download the program !


A symbol of Belgium’s Great War: The Trench of Death (Armémuseum, Stockholm)
2017-07-06 ... 2017-08-20

Until August 20, 2017 the Stockholm Army Museum runs a picture exhibition on the Trench of Death entitled A Symbol of Belgium's Great War: the Trench of Death.

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The Royal Military Museum presents collections of inestimable value, from the Middle Ages till the present, for young and old!
You would like to come and see for yourself and do something with the entire family? Save the date of August 2. Access to the entire Museum is free from 1 p.m. onwards. The educational service moreover offers a surprise activity.

Practical info
Wednesday August 2, free access from 1 p.m. Surprise workshops from 1:30 p.m. till 4 p.m.  
Audience: families aged 5 to 99 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Booking mandatory:...