From
6 April 2019

In 2019, it will be 450 years since Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s death. This will be commemorated at various locations, under initiatives from Toerisme Vlaanderen (The Flemish Tourism Agency). And that includes Bokrijk – The Open-Air Museum will start the celebration on 6 April 2019 with a grand temporary Bruegel Exhibition (The “Bruegelexpo”), which will immerse you in this famous Flemish Master’s world.

Thanks to an inspiring route, an interactive game or theatre performance, you will see life through Bruegel glasses next summer.

Inspired by Bruegel

In the museum you will find a unique collection of more than 120 historical buildings and numerous objects originating from different Flemish regions and time periods, which have been re-located in Bokrijk. The museum has been listed as a protected monument since 1996. Even at the time of its construction before it opened in 1958, Bruegel's powerful influence on the open-air museum was tangible.

Bruegel and Bokrijk... the connection is more obvious than you might think! This lively open-air activity-centred museum focuses on people’s daily lives in the past, now and in the future. And ‘ordinary’ people are central in Bruegel's works too. When among the more than 120 historical buildings and collection pieces at Bokrijk, you can really feel as if you are in a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. And that is exactly what the first curator, Dr. Jozef Weyns, had in mind when forming and establishing the Bokrijk Museum in 1958. Jozef Weyns was largely inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. You can feel and see that in the surroundings, the landscape and in two historic buildings at the Open-Air Museum. For example, the Vorselaar house-barn-stable was intentionally assembled as an example of the type of 16th-century farmhouse that we see in Bruegel's paintings. The Oil mill of Ellikom (Meeuwen-Gruitrode) was originally located near the house that was thought to have been Pieter Bruegel’s birthplace, and Weyns purchased it for that reason.

Bruegel Trail ‘The world of Bruegel’

The Bruegel Trail ‘The world of Bruegel’ will let you discover Bruegel in Bokrijk. The stilt walker guides you on your journey. The trail has stops at eight locations in the Open-Air Museum, each with a really tangible connection to Bruegel.

Who was Pieter Bruegel the Elder? What do his works tell us about daily life in the 16th century? And how does his oeuvre translate into the present day? You will become familiar with original 16th century objects, things from Bruegel’s time, and discover the meaning behind the landscapes and scenes he depicts in his works. Like no other, this artist had the gift to capture ordinary people with all their particularities. The trail takes you into the world of the famous painting ‘The Fight between Carnival and Lent’. At the end of the trail, you literally step into this work and become one of the extras.

Bruegel Game

Are you out with the children? If so, you can also cover the six stops along the Bruegel Trail “gamely” together! In the interactive Bruegel Game the jester from the painting ‘The battle between Carnival and Lent’ leads you and your family on a digital rope. (From 6 years)

Bruegel Summer Theatre ‘Bravo Mr Bruegel’

In the summer, from 11 July to 1 September 2019, the Laika Theatre Company will present a family show here every day, following the example of rhetoricians of yesteryear. “People” play the central role in this humorous story.

Packages for schools and groups

Both the Bruegel Trail and the Bruegel Game (age group 9-16) are available for visits by schools and groups with supervision by a guide. More information about programs available from 1 October 2018.

Field trip to Bokrijk?

Discover Bokrijk with the Bruegel Game?

In the interactive Bruegel Game the jester from the painting 'The battle between Carnival and Lent' leads you and your family on a digital rope. Bruegel meets Pokémon Go and Snapchat in Bokrijk! Upon departure*, in the residential house from Wortel via “augmented reality” you will be given a virtual head to wear, after the example of a real model from the 16th century. The game includes an exciting search for missing objects from the painting, which you can find around the locations of the six experiential stops. Collect them all and put them in a proud position on your hat!

Along the way, you have the chance to improve your score by achieving the goals of various games. At the end of the game, you can use all the objects you have found to unlock the painting in the Barn from Zuienkerke, the final part of the game. In this way you will not only learn about life and customs during Bruegel’s period. You will also be presented with a looking glass view of life today.

Practical information

Price: € 4,50/child (+ € 0,50/child in languages other than Dutch and excluding the entrance fee to the Open-Air Museum)

Number of participants: 15–25

Age: 9–16 years

Duration: 2 hours

Languages: NL – FR – EN – DE

More information!

Make your reservation now!

Bruegel workshop route ‘A Paper Hat’

On this route you will be immersed in Bruegel’s imaginative landscapes. At various points, you will discover more about everyday life, clothing and games from his era. People in the 16th century often wore headgear, usually made of leather or textile. In our workshop we keep up that tradition but with hats made of paper! Using different types of paper and unique templates, the children can create fantastic examples for themselves. Who will conjure up the most beautiful hat creation? There will be lots of laughter!

Practical information

Price: € 5,50/child (+ € 0,50/child in languages other than Dutch and excluding the entrance fee to the Open-Air Museum)

Number of participants: 15–25

Age: 6–10 years

Duration: 45 min interactieve route + 45 min atelier

Languages: NL – FR – EN – DE

More information!

Make your reservation now!

Group visit to Bokrijk?

Visiting Bokrijk with family and friends, colleagues or fellow members of your association?

The Bruegel Trail 'The World of Bruegel’ lets you discover Bruegel in Bokrijk. An experienced Bokrijkguide takes you on your journey through the museum. Who was Pieter Bruegel the Elder? What do his works tell us about daily life in the 16th century? And how does his oeuvre translate into the present day? You will become familiar with original 16th century objects, carefully selected by dr. Sabine Pénot, Bruegel expert of the Art History Museum in Vienna. It shows items from Bruegel’s time, and discover the meaning behind the landscapes and scenes he depicts in his works. Like no other, this artist had the gift to capture ordinary people with all their particularities.

Practical information

Price: € 5/person (+ € 0,50/person in languages other than Dutch and excluding the entrance fee to the Open-Air Museum)

Number of participants: 15–25

Duration: 2 hours

Languages: NL – FR – EN – DE

More information!

Touroperators

We welcome trade partners and tour operators in Bokrijk by offering several types of package deals customized to the needs of your guests. More information? Please contact Sales Coordinator Hilde Franssen via bokrijksales@limburg.be or +32 11 26 53 13.

Tickets and information

Discover the exhibition ‘The world of Bruegel‘ in the Open – Air Museum of Bokrijk as of April 6th until October 20th 2019 during the regular opening times. The exhibition is included in the entrance fee free of charge.

Opening times

The Open – Air Museum is open from 10h. to 18h. Closed on Monday’s except on Belgian bank holidays and in July and August.

Entrance fees

Online tickets are available as from January 2019.

  • Children −3 years: free
  • Children 3–12 years: € 2
  • +13 years: € 12,50
  • Groups as of 15 persons, 60+, visitors with a physical disability: € 10,50
  • Parking: € 5 a day

Offers for groups and school click here!

Partners

The exhibition “The world of Bruegel” is realized in collaboration with Tourism Flanders and Provincie Limburg.

Partner: the Art-historical Museum of Vienna.

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Partner: the Art-historical Museum of Vienna.