The experience centre in the historic town of Veurne focuses on the last remaining section of Belgium that was not occupied by the Germans, the so-called Belgian Sector. From here, King Albert I succeeded in resisting the German occupying forces. Veurne and the surrounding region were populated by people from all over the country, from other continents as well as by refugees, doctors and nurses. In the experience centre visitors can experience the events behind the frontline, the daily life in this last unoccupied sector of Belgium.They can also witness a real melting pot of people, a multicultural community before the concept even existed.  “Vrij Vaderland” uses an interesting scenography to tell this story, combining modern media with traditional exhibition techniques.


Grote Markt 29
8630 Veurne


+32 58 33 55 31

Accessibility information

In the same building there is an A+ labelled and comfortable accessible touristic information office and visiting centre of Veurne. The museum Free Fatherland on +1 can be reached via a spacious elevator. In the museum, there is sufficient circulation space all over and the exhibited material is easily visible for everyone. All the texts are also made available on tablets, available at the desk. At different interactive elements information can also be accessed via QR code. The texts in the museum are all read aloud and the film fragments are subtitled. Both on the ground floor and the first floor, small height differences are bridged by sloping surfaces. There is a well-equipped adapted toilet on +1, also accessible with the elevator.

Local map

Below you will find an interactive map.

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