The military history of Tournai and of the Tournai area, from 1100 to 1945.
A stone’s throw from Grand-Place, the museum takes visitors on a trip through the military history of Tournai and of the Tournai area, from 1100 to 1945.
From the French Revolution to the creation of Belgium via the first French Empire
On the ground floor, a rich collection of arms, uniforms and equipment illustrates the French Revolutions and the first French Empire, the Dutch period and the Belgian period, placing the emphasis on regiments which were garrisoned in the town (cuirassiers, lancers, light cavalry, riflemen, artillery, etc.) until 1914.
A town marked by the world conflicts in the 20th Century
Upstairs, you will find out about the notable events of the two world wars – the Battle of 24 August 1914 (in which the town was defended by French troops) and the Battle of the Escaut in October and November 1918 (during which an offensive was undertaken by British troops), the bombardment of Tournai and the Battle of the Escaut in May 1940, Liberation in September 1944.
A fortified town
In May 2015 a new room will be devoted to the changes in Tournai’s fortifications and to the sieges endured by the town – Edward III laid siege to the town in 1340, Henry VIII in 1513, Louis XIV in 1667, the Duke of Marlborough in 1709 and Louis XV in 1745 – and also to the Battle of Fontenoy.
From 1st April till 31st October (summer time)
Open daily from 9.30 to 12.30 am & from 1.30 to 5.30 pm.
From 1st November till 31st March (winter time)
Open daily from 9.30 to 12.00 am & from 2.00 à 5.00 pm.
Tuesday : closed.
Sunday morning (winter time) : closed.
All museums are free on the first Sunday of the month !