The permanent exhibition about the Second World War expands!

In view of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (2019-2020) the museum gives its permanent exhibition a new lease of life. The existing set-up will be thoroughly refurbished and a brand-new wing about the occupation of Belgium and the liberation of the European continent will be added.

In this framework the current infrastructure is being revised, which renders access to the exhibition about the Second World War impossible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.        

Unique objects belonging to the de Gerlache and Lecointe families in the Antarctica exhibition

The permanent exhibition about Antarctica opened its doors in March 2016. It  showcases the support Defense has always given to expeditions on the white continent. The first part of the exhibition tells the story of the Belgica expedition (1897-1899). This incredible adventure led by Adrien de Gerlache and his second in command Georges Lecointe not only was the first international scientific expedition, but also the first to hibernate on the Pole, caught in ice.

The second part illustrates the building and management of the King Baudouin Base. The Princess Elisabeth Station is the...

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The Russian Gallery is enhanced

On Monday February 13, 2017 the gallery containing the treasures of the Russian empire at the Royal Military Museum was considerably enhanced. Equestrian trophies or medals from two officers with the Atamanski regiment of the Cossacks of the imperial Guard were inserted, thus adding a hitherto unrepresented regiment to our collections.

The gallery was also equipped with flatscreens and new trilingual captions. Be sure to come and (re)discover these treasures at the Royal Military Museum. 

Madyol on display

An unprecedented retrospective set up by the Royal Military Museum at the Mémorial 1815

Since June 1815 the Waterloo battlefield has attracted countless artists. Farms, fields, hamlets and soldiers have been drawn and painted over and over again and have told the bloody story for the last two hundred years.

At the request of Count Cavens (who wished to maintain the 1815 battlefield in its original state) artist Jacques Madyol (1871-1950) realized a series of paintings illustrating the different venues and protagonists involved in the famous battle.


Focus on 100 years of tanks

The tank is 100! The Royal Military Museum highlights this anniversary through several aspects. Discover three Great War tanks (the Mark IV, the FT 17 and the Whippet) and learn about the origins of tanks both in Belgium and abroad through testimonials, anecdotes, the uniform of a British tankist or antitank weapons.

The Diorama of the River Meuse is getting ready for the big show!

Precisely 80 years ago Alfred Bastien, author of the famous Panorama of the Yser Battle, started working on the Diorama of the Battles on the River Meuse in 1914. It is indeed in 1936 that Bastien began the 8.5 m high and 72 m long painting. It was revealed in May 1937, in a new building on the Namur citadel, but was only to remain accessible to the public for a very short period of time. At the outbreak of the Second World War the painting was taken down in order to safeguard it against possible vandalism by the enemy. It was never to be rehung! In 1952 the city of Namur...

Art from ’14-’18 in the limelight

In 2016, another commemorative year for the centenary of the Great War, some of our ’14-’18 collection pieces are presented in various temporary exhibitions.

In 2016 it is indeed exactly one hundred years ago that the Belgian field army artistic section was created. Between 1916 and 1918 this section grouped twenty-six artists whose duty it was to illustrate the war. Their work was not merely used as documentary material, but also served Belgian propaganda. It indeed showed the part played in the conflict by the Belgian army and was supposed to incite countries all...

1916-1917 Tabora-Mahenge, The Congo and the war

The documentation centre reading room regularly presents thematic exhibitions made up of pictures, archives, prints or books from the department of Defence.

The exhibition Taboa-Mahenge 1916-1917, The Congo and the war is such a temporary exhibition illustrating the Force publique operations during the First World War in four themes.

Discover the successive phases in this relatively unknown battle in the African campaign during the First World War through some sixty rare archive documents, maps, prints and pictures…

In spite of its neutrality the...


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The arcades will only be open weather permitting. We thank you for your understanding !

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...

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On Sunday June 25 the Royal Military Museum welcomes the Fête de la Musique with a free concert in the aviation hall at 1 p.m.: “Sages comme des Sauvages” is a folk and rock band that makes us travel the world… Discover the program!

Seize the opportunity to visit, at no cost, the War Heritage Institute’s first temporary exhibition “Dieppe. Tribute to a raid”: an exhibition for both young and old, illustrating a lesser-known episode in the Second World War. 


The Great Hall and the Skycafé cafeteria will be closed on June 23, 2017.

The Museum will exceptionally be open free of charge that day.

The temporary exhibition "Dieppe. Tribute to a raid" runs from June 24, 2017 till the end of the year.