WWI museum: Experience Centre ‘Vrij Vaderland, living behind the front line’

The experience centre Vrij Vaderland (Free Homeland) in the Stad- en Landshuis does not focus on battlefields, unlike other museums, but instead takes a look at the little part of Belgium that remained free, the so-called ‘Belgian Sector’. From here, Albert I - who was the Belgian King at the time - succeeded in withstanding the German occupiers.

Vrij Vaderland brings us the story behind the front line, the daily life in this last remaining area of unoccupied land. Discover how Veurne and surrounding areas suddenly experienced a melting pot of people: soldiers - both from Belgium and more unfamiliar locations -, doctors, nurses, but also refugees ended up here.

The experience centre brings this story to life with atmospheric scenography using modern media as well as traditional exhibition techniques.

Address: Stad- en Landshuis, Grote Markt 29, 8630 Veurne

Contact information:

+32 (0)58-33 55 31


Accessibility: rolstoeltoegankelijk
Website: www.vrijvaderland.be
Opening hours:

01/04 - 11/11:

Monday - Friday 09u00 - 17u00*
Weekend 10u00 - 17u00*

* last entry 16u30


12/11 - 31/03:

Monday - Friday 09u00 - 17u00*
Weekend 13u00 - 17u

* last entry 16u30

  • Adults: €4
  • +65: €3
  • 7-18 years: €2
  • Kids (-7): gratis
  • Groups (> 15 pers.): €3
  • Schools: €2
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