Open air museum
Go back in time to 1913
Actors play the parts of inhabitants of a Haspengouw village, and give a real feel of what everyday life in rural Flanders was like back in 1913. The priest can be heard giving his sermon, the village schoolmaster or schoolmistress give lessons in the little schoolroom, and on the farm everybody has to work hard. There are always 4 to 8 actors active in the Haspengouw section of the museum between 10:00 and 17:45. In the church, you can check out the daily programme, and take it with you if you like, it contains more information about what’s on offer on the day concerned!
Actors in Haspengouw
The village characters in the Haspengouw section of the museum are played by actors, modern people who really get into the skin of their characters. They stay permanently in character, and behave just like the inhabitants would have done at the time, moving through the same places and reacting to the same things around them.
A Flemish village back in 1913
We have created the scene from 1913, the year before the outbreak of WWI, the Great War, which changed history forever. King Albert was King of Belgium at the time, there were rumblings from socialists and increasing demands in Flanders for more equality.
The daily schedule
Experience for yourself how lessons were given back in 1913 in the village school, and listen to the priest’s fire-and-brimstone sermon. An overview of all activities can be found here.