Experience Museum Free Fatherland, living behind the front
The Great War was, as all wars, cruel and accompanied by much bloodshed. The new Experience Museum ‘Free Fatherland’, in the historical City and Viscounty Hall of Veurne, focuses not on the battlefield, but on the tiny last bit of free Belgium that was left and called the Belgian Sector. The Belgian King Albert I succeeded from Veurne to maintain against the German Army. We expect the story behind the front, but we also see the everyday life in this unoccupied area of Belgium and a true melting pot of all people together, multiculturality ‘avant la lettre’.
Veurne and surroundings were populated by soldiers from the whole country and all over the world, but also by refugees, doctors and nurses.
‘Free Fatherland’ brings this story in a charming stage design with modern media and traditional exhibition techniques.
The Stedelijk Museum Aalst, housed in the old Gasthuys, a historic building in the city centre, tells the story of the city and the region.
Did you know that Dirk Martens was the very first printer in Belgium (1473), that landscape painter Valerius de Saedeleer was born in Aalst, that the political and social fight of priest Daens started in Aalst, that Louis Paul Boon described his native town in his books in detail? These stories, as well as an evocation of the well-known carnival in Aalst, are all told at ’t Gasthuys –Stedelijk Museum Aalst.
Experience the daily life in a medieval Cistercian abbey. Living, working, praying, playing, loving, etc. You’ll be surprised at how different and yet similar medieval and modern man really are.
Scale models, dummies and multimedia presentations appeal to the senses and bring the past of the Dunes Abbey back to life. No dull and stuffy affair or some remote ‘that really doesn’t interest me’ business. Rather a unique archaeological site and a contemporary museum that breathes renewed meaning into the tale of the silent stones.
The museum draws archaeology out of its purely scientific context with a mixture of archaeological findings, replicas, and reconstructions, demonstrating that archaeology is really the study of people and their environment through the ages. The museum also covers aspects such as landscapes and environment and how people dealt with them, how they lived, buried their dead, or produced food. Following a planned route, you can wander from prehistory through to the late Middle Ages, while fun tasks give even the youngest of visitors an insight into the archaeological process.
Enlarge your view of man and Civilisation !
The Art & History Museum invites you on an unusual world tour. Embark on a fascinating journey through art and history, from ancient times to decorative European arts, passing through national archaeology and non-European civilisations. Apart from its permament collections come and see the Museums temporary exhibitions too.
Autoworld is centrally situated in the exclusive halls of the Parc du Cinquantenaire in the heart of Brussels. More than 250 vehicles of various origin recount the history of the automobile and illustrate the spectacular development of vehicles over more than a century.
From horse drawn carriages to exclusive sport cars from the 1960’s , from motorcycles with a enduring past to the reconstruction of a garage out of the twenties. Autoworld gathers one of the most representative collection offering an overview of the general history of the automobile.
The 17th century “Zuidgasthuishoeve”, which houses the extensive collection of the Bakery Museum, makes you taste a marvellous nostalgia. The long way from grain to bread is represented in the restored barn. The rich collection connected to chocolate, ice-cream, waffles, gingerbread and confectionary is lodged in the dwelling-house.
In the pleasant cafeteria you can taste some specialities from Veurne. During the school holidays you can enjoy the baking demonstrations on Tuesdays.
Unique German trenches at Wijtschate. German troops occupied this strategic position at the beginning of World War I. The site consists of an entrenchment and four bunkers. Tickets are only available at the tourist office in Kemmel, Sint-Laurentiusplein 1, Kemmel (tel. 057/45 04 55).
The moated castle of Beersel is one of the few exceptionally well-preserved examples of medieval fortifications in Belgium. It remains pretty much as it must have appeared in the late 15th century. Over the course of the centuries, this moated castle has had a very eventful history. Visitors experience at first hand what it must have felt like to live in a heavily fortified castle in medieval times.
In 1999, the municipality of Beersel acquired the castle on lease from a national heritage foundation, the Koninklijke Vereniging der Historische Woonsteden van België (Royal Association of Historic Cities and Gardens in Belgium). The municipality aims to carry out repairs, renovations and upgrades to the castle. Since 2003 the castle has been undergoing a series of restoration campaigns.
The belfry tower is over 83 metres tall. Climb the 366 steps to the top and discover on the way a treasury, an impressive clockwork mechanism, and a carillon with 47 bells. Your achievement will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Bruges and the surrounding countryside.
Highlights are the wrought iron gates from 1300, the 'Triumphant Bell' by bell caster Melchior de Haze, the carillon drum dating from 1748, the tower's clockwork mechanism, and the carillon's 47 bells. From the tower room you can see the carillonist's keyboard.