You might generally associate Limburg with nature. We may not be the province with the greatest art cities, but there is no lack of culture!

Waterschei - © Eddy Daniëls

Waterschei - © Eddy Daniëls

Mine, mine, mine

No period has influenced Limburg to the extent that the mining era did. And nowhere else in Flanders will you find as much mining heritage as in Limburg. Nowadays the mine sites of yesteryear have become interesting places that have been reinterpreted with respect for the past.

Tongeren - © Kristien Wintmolders

Tongeren - © Kristien Wintmolders

The first town in Belgium

The first town in Belgium is in Limburg! Nowhere else can you see so many remnants of Roman history than on the streets of Tongeren. Get ready to step back in time for a day.

Borgloon - © Robin Reynders

Borgloon - © Robin Reynders

Open-air art

Think art belongs only in a museum? Not in Limburg. Here you can find art anywhere, even outdoors in nature during a walk. The works of art give an extra dimension to the landscape they are in.

Halen - © Luc Daelemans

Halen - © Luc Daelemans

Small stories from a Great War

World War I and Limburg? “What do they have to do with one another?” you might think. That was in western Flanders. But the war had an impact in Limburg too. It may not be the big stories from the front line, but it is the small stories from a Great War that leave an impression.

Villa Verbeelding

Looking for a group visit? Villa Verbeelding offers kids quests, workshops and guided visits for permanent and temporary exhibitions. Every room in this white villa surprises you with another perspective on books and llustration.

The educational programme is suitable for different ages, from preschool kids to teachers in training. Also a discovery for people who learn Dutch! Visitors with a guide get an interactive tour and a creative workshop.

All year long for groups, reservation necessary. Duration: 1,5-2 hours.

Permanent exhibitions
Discover little cabinets full of wonders put together by youth authors and illustrators. Enter a magical room to enjoy an exhibition on food and drinks in fairy tales. Or follow a book's journey from writer to reader.

Temporary exhibitions 2019

Made of the right stuff. Woodcut in picture books
3 February 2019 - 8 June 2019
How do modern illustrators use the ancient technique of woodcut in their picture books? Enjoy original woodcuts, videos and special objects. Discover more about the technique and give it a try yourself! Creative workshop for groups: you make a beautiful print with recycled materials. Expo in collaboration with PXL-MAD School of Arts.

Some day, maybe... The world of Mélanie Rutten
19 June 2019 - 14 September 2019
Immerse yourself in a colourful, interactive universe. Discover nature creatures and their world of play, dance and dreams.

More than 1000 nights
6 October 2019 - 18 April 2020
Fairytales are everywhere: they are told by everyone and for everyone. And stories can save your life, as Sheherazade knows. In an atmospheric tent full of pillows, eastern tales come to life. With magical illustrations by Annemarie van Haeringen, Martijn van der Linden en Geertje Aalders.

The Open-air Museum

Are you interested in discovering the origins of our current habits and traditions? Besides a rich collection of historical buildings and objects, the museum’s collection also includes intangible cultural heritage such as rituals, stories and techniques, and a number of traditional animal breeds. How has
this history inspired our present and our future? Be prepared to be surprised by four fascinating museum sections, each with its own unique perspective.

The Kempen museum section focuses on the craftsmanship of today, yesterday and tomorrow. Find out the origins of raw materials, watch craftsmen at work or use your own creativity and get to work in one of the two new workshop barns. Haspengouw takes you back to the atmosphere of 1913. With our “Living history” experience, actors will play the parts of Flemish villagers caught up in the events on the eve of the First World War. In the section East- and West-Flanders of the museum, you enjoy a peaceful walk among the silence and beauty of the landscape, so it is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. In The sixties, lifelike settings of a living room, petrol pumps and café take you right back in time.

In 2019 it will be exactly 450 years since the Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder died. To celebrate this anniversary, the Bokrijk Open-Air Museum (Genk) is organising an international exhibition entitled "The World of Bruegel". The exhibition offers a contemporary and sensory experience of the uses, standards and habits that existed in the middle of 16th century. The trail guides visitors through the Open-Air Museum, passing through various locations each of which have their own particular little world, emphasising the connection between Bokrijk and Bruegel.