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All present-day kitchens are equipped with a microwave oven. An estimated 200 to 300 million of them are used all over the world. Let’s retrace the success story of an appliance we deem indispensible in modern life.

The name of Percy Spencer no longer rings a bell with anyone today, some innovation specialists excepted. However, the American engineer undoubtedly deserves double recognition: he not only contributed to the allied victory over Hitler, but also liberated housewives in the ‘70s. While working for the Raytheon company Spencer first discovered how to produce a major military invention – the radar – on...

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Our scheduled are modified as of 1 September!

With the start of the new school year we adapt the schedules of our sites. Discover all changes below:

  1. the National Memorial of Fort Breendonk is now open from Monday through Sunday, the usual opening days, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.;
  2. guided tours are once again possible in the Trench of Death (Dixmude);
  3. group visits are now authorized on a more regular basis at Gunfire (Brasschaat).
the Royal Museum of the Army will be open
  • from Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
  • the Arcades, the Antarctic space and the Russian collections will be acces...

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You possess an object, a document or a picture you would like to present the Museum with? For reasons of sound organisation we explicitly ask not to present documents or objects unexpectedly.

How does it work?

Before bringing or sending objects or documents you are kindly requested to contact us (by mail, postal services or telephone). Pictures and/or a description of the object or any other information you might have about the object to be donated, as well as a short explanation about its condition will help us determine whether or not the donation fits our collections.

After analysis of the information...

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On Tuesday August 18 Marcel Verhasselt, vice president of the Board, welcomed the 10,000th visitor after the end of the corona lockdown with a free admission and a souvenir. The Hasevoets family from Wellen was the happy recipient of the prize.

Fort Eben-Emael was one of the largest and sturdiest fortifications in Europe and was deemed invincible. The spectacular attack on the Fort on May 10, 1940 by German elite paratroopers signalled the tragic start of the Second World War for Western Europe.

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On Tuesday 18 August we welcomed the very first young visitor who came to discover the new set-up of our C-119 in the Aviation Hall.

To mark the occasion Mr Michel Jaupart, acting Director General, presented him with a gift certificate giving unlimited access to our 6 sites.

Come and admire an exceptional moment of aviation history with your children, family or friends.

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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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