Kazerne Dossin

Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen: Hours, Address, Kazerne Dossin Reviews: 4.5/5

Kazerne Dossin
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Anders K
Leuven, Belgium9 contributions
Meaningful visit
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Kazerne Dossin is a modern museum next to the actual building in which jews and other minorities were detained before being transported to concentration camps. The museum has a very broad explanation of the events which happened in Belgium and the rest of Europe. There is a lot of text, so make sure you have a couple of hours in order to read. You will probably recognize something, but you will most likely learn something. The stories presented in the exhibition are sad and brutal. On the top floor you can walk out on the balcony for a view of Mechelen.
Written February 2, 2020
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Colin B
Gold Coast, Australia166 contributions
History Wrapped in Architecture
Sep. 2019
Mechelen was the deportion centre for Belgium. A branch rail line was built for the deportees to be taken to concentration camps. The actual building used is opposite the Kazerne Dossin which is a architecturally great museum. This museum is a very solemn monument to the horrors of WWII and the dreadful deportation of Jews, Gypsies and Gays. You can view the actual deportation building and courtyard from a balcony in the museum. The museum shines a light on these atrocities. It is well located a short stroll from the Grote Markt in Mechelen.
Written January 7, 2020
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Peter G
Rickmansworth, UK100 contributions
Harrowing but essential viewing
Oct. 2019
This museum documents the deportations of jews, gypsies and others that took place in Belgium during WWII. There's sections on the history and build-up to the war, and social conditions of the times. There's a lot of detail, including a lot of history of individuals who were deported.

The visit starts with a brief film which also includes details of other genocides which have taken place.

The information is spread over three floors and there's plenty to see, although when we were there (a Monday) there were a lot of school groups, and it was hard to see everything and a bit noisy at times.

There's a memorial opposite, where the original infantry barracks have been converted into flats. There are some kept in the original condition, but these were closed when we visited. The view from the top floor of the city is quite nice.

There's too much for me to describe here, but suffice to say that it should really be seen. Rather chillingly, I thought about the phrase "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" whilst there.
Written October 25, 2019
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Lions300
Melbourne, Australia530 contributions
Interesting
Oct. 2019
Learnt about a perspective of the holocaust of which I didn’t know. The wall of all the victims is very stirring. The museum is laid over 4 floors and progresses by date. Interesting interviews and paraphernalia along the way. I was quite unnerved by the level of noise from guides as well as what appeared to be disrespect from teachers and a visiting group of students. To them it seemed like this was just an assignment to complete. Lest we forget.
View of city from top floor is gorgeous.
Written October 8, 2019
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Christophe Wybo
Harelbeke, Belgium368 contributions
The dark side of Flemish history
Sep. 2019
When visiting this place, it's difficult to believe that some 75 years ago, more than 25.000 people were deported here to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Written September 8, 2019
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Enjay71
Seoul, South Korea62 contributions
Definitely worth a visit!
Sep. 2019
The museum tells the history of the persecution of Jews and gypsies in Belgium and their deportations from this location during WWII. The tour starts on the ground floor with a short introductory film. It then continues upstairs and covers several floors with a lot of information, also available in English.
Written September 5, 2019
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Jozef O
Brussels, Belgium162 contributions
Very worthwhile
Aug. 2019
We had planned to visit this museum for a while and took advantage of the holidays (probably a good time since i wouldn’t be surprised if during the school year there are a lot of school groups visiting). I must say i was not disappointed. Overall the museum offers a very good overview of the Jewish experience in Belgium (and of Belgian Jews, a small minority of the Jews who resided in Belgium during the holocaust) just before and during World War II. Obviously there is also a lot about the international context and the holocaust as a European phenomenon but the focus is very much on what happened in Belgium. There is also a (limited) attention to the gypsy experience. All of this is very well presented, with a lot of personal (moving) stories and a lot of detail. It is, in many ways, a painful story, but all the more reason to document it.
Overall the presentation is also technically well done (i found the chronological sequence not always the best but that is a detail). Here and there some of the assertions and language used to describe the role of certain groups or individuals is biased and could be questioned, but this is more in details and doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the presentation.
Unfortunately, the museum also tries to instrumentalize the story it tells in a fairly obvious attempt to make some politically correct propaganda regarding modern day illegal migration. Fortunately, this is kept on the margins of the exposition although it is pretty distasteful nevertheless. I was also struck by the fact that in the historical context that is given reference is (very rightly) made to all sorts of other genocides, massacres and human rights abuses (ie genocide against the Herero, Rwanda genocide, Apartheid, anti-Black violence in theUS, etc) and to World War I, but remarkably the genocide against the Armenians is carefully ignored. An example, I am afraid of the pitfalls of having an “official” state-controlled Holocaust museum, rather than an independent one.
Regardless of the above criticisms, this remains a museum that is worthwhile to visit with an exposition that has many qualities and tells a story that must not be forgotten.
Written August 26, 2019
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bradyboy2
Boynton Beach, FL902 contributions
A must to see in Mechelen
Aug. 2019 • Couples
We went to this holocaust museum which deals with the Jewish people during the German occupation
The displays are riveting and be prepared to spend several hours there
Written August 4, 2019
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WingWingOne
London, UK625 contributions
Impressive
Jul. 2019 • Couples
The history is impressive and the cases are very well worked out
It s a lot of text (and sometimes small text) to read
It makes you realise the gruesome of what happened.
Certainly worth a visit
I found it could have been a little interactive, and we were there on a warm day... the tp floors didn t have airco... so not really comfortable to walk around
The museum certainly serves it purpose
Written July 28, 2019
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Geoffrey E
St. Catharines, Canada562 contributions
What a Great Find!
May 2019 • Couples
This is a very expansive site with a very extensive collection. The current temporary exhibit is about the portrayal of the Holocaust in comic strips and how that art form has been able to represent that event.
There are a lot of things to see here - easily a half-day if you’re interested.
Written May 21, 2019
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