What can one experience here?

  • Walking

    Walking

  • Cycling

    Cycling

  • Museum/heritage

    Museum/heritage

  • 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] 
  • Once a month you also have the opportunity to participate in ‘The secrets of the Ursuline boarding school’ guided tour. Two guides don the roles of Sister Bénédicte and Mademoiselle Florentine and draw you back into a different time – to the 1920s – where their stories unfolds. [only available in Dutch]


‘Walking through the museum is like being caught up and carried along through a compelling story.’

(Raf)


‘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.  

(Ingrid)

  • Belevingscentrum '14-'18 (©Lander Loeckx)
  • Belevingscentrum '14-'18 (©Lander Loeckx)
  • Address
    Kruineikestraat 5 A, 3150 Tildonk (Haacht)
    Tel. +32 471 97 36 42
  • Opening hours
    1 November to 31 March: open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 April to 31 October: open until 6 p.m.
    Closed on Mondays, Christmas and New Year.
  • Price
    Recommended price adult: Adult guide price: EUR 3 for adults 26+. Free for children under 12. Children and adults 12 to 26: EUR 1. Receive a discount on entry to the University library & tower in Leuven on presentation of an Experience Centre ticket. EU Disability Card accepted (eudisabilitycard.be) euro

Experience centre '14-'18

Kruineikestraat 5 A,
3150 Tildonk (Haacht)
Tel. +32 471 97 36 42