The Great War (WWI) ended on 11 November 1918. For Brussels, the Armistice finally ended an occupation that had lasted nearly 50 months. How did the inhabitants of Brussels experience the end of the war, and what major issues did it face at the time?
Through photographs, historical documents and archive film footage, this trilingual exhibition – in English French and Dutch – plunges us into the turbulent Brussels of 1918, a city grappling with health problems and struggling to cope with an influx of refugees, closely followed by returning soldiers and Belgians coming back from exile.
November 1918 was also a new dawn, chiefly characterised by the celebration of victory (even more than of peace), as well as being the time when the long-awaited introduction of universal male suffrage was finally announced.
This exhibition is organised by CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium as part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
Visit the exhibition:
- As individual: free during the opening hours of the museum
- With the family: a treasure hunt (in French or Dutch) for kids aged between 8 and 12: €1 per child – no booking required.
- With a group: prior booking necessary - info and booking
- Guided tours are available on request - info and booking