The experience centre ’14-’18 is open for visitors. You can book your visit here or by phone.
- Visit the Experience Centre '14-'18 in the Engelenburcht and travel one hundred years into the past.
- Listen to peculiar tales, read diaries, trace troop movements and get caught up in what the residents of the convent and village were feeling: all in the former Ursuline Monastery.
- The information panels in the experience centre are only available in Dutch. However, to make sure you get the most out of your experience, you can request an English, French or German visitor's guide at reception that will tell you everything you need to know. Audio and video clips can also be listened to or viewed in different languages.
- Incidentally, a few new exhibitions were added to the Experience Centre in June 2018. ‘In the eyes of a refugee’ tells the story of people all over the world forced to flee their countries and their homes.
- A few years ago the convent garden was restored to its former glory, transforming it into a meditation garden. The haiku tree, which serves as a poetic memorial, establishes the convent garden as a place of reflection and action.
- Strolling through the convent garden you'll also come across the unique open-air exhibition ‘Through the lens of the occupier’, which displays enlarged photos shot by the German occupation exactly one hundred years ago.
- Would you like to book a guide? A guided tour of the Experience Centre and the Engelenburcht lasts 1,5 to 2 hours. Single-guide tour groups are for max. 25 persons. [only available in Dutch]
‘Walking through the museum is like being caught up and carried along through a compelling story.’
‘Most visitors were impressed by the experience centre and how it was conceived.’ Personally, I felt that the link made between WWI and the contemporary refugee situation was particularly well done.