Expo: My military service 19.10.2019‑26.04.2020

The exhibition MY MILITARY SERVICE tells the story of Belgian conscripts from their call-up to their discharge.

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The exhibition MY MILITARY SERVICE tells the story of Belgian conscripts from their call-up to their discharge.

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Expo

25 years ago, the last Belgian conscripts left the service. The decision to suspend military service in 1993 had a major impact. Since then, young men no longer need to take months-long military service into account. For previous generations, conscription meant a period of serving their country and community. It was a passage to adulthood.   

The moment that an 18-year-old was called up to military service heralded the symbolic beginning of a new chapter in his life. Young men from all walks of life and all corners of the country ended up in the unknown world of the army. Discipline, uniformity, hierarchy and team spirit were considered of paramount importance. Away from their familiar surroundings, they tried to adapt to military life: foot drill, spud bashing, manoeuvres and guard duty.

The exhibition MY MILITARY SERVICE tells the story of Belgian conscripts from their call-up to their discharge.

Visit the exhibition with your military friends and/or your family. The ideal place to share stories and memories!
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Groups

guided tour

  • max. 20 persons in a guided tour. A tour starts every fifteen minutes.
  • € 85,00 + museum ticket: € 6,00. Groups of over 15 people pay a reduced price (adults), children and young people up the age of 18 have free admission
  • secondary schools: € 75,00 + free entrance

without guide

From 15 people, register your visit via Boekjebezoek online or T +31 (0)9 210 10 75. We can then plan your visit. Book your visit preferably 3 weeks in advance.

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Practical guide

  • temporary exhibition
  • House of Alijn (Kraanlei 65 , 9000 Ghent)
  • 19.10.2019 - 26.04.2020

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