The Royal Military Museum is a category two federal scientific institution (ISF/FWI), as well as a state service with separate management (SEGS/SAB). It furthers knowledge about military history and conflict history, in times of war and times of peace, through the unique and rich military heritage it manages on its different sites.
That heritage is movable, immovable and immaterial. In view of long-term conservation the collections are managed, preserved, analysed, interpreted and extended in a professional and scientific manner.
The timeframe stretches from the Middle Ages till the present; the geographical framework covers both the historic territories preceding the creation of our kingdom and present-day Belgium, in a European and international perspective.
The Museum benefits from public financing, private funding and personal revenue, and takes all necessary steps to reduce costs. The public can discover the many aspects of military history in various ways. As the Museum not only manages the site in the Jubilee Park, but also several external museums (Trench of Death, Mount Kemmel, McAuliffe basement, Gunfire) and remote storages, its name could be changed into “Royal Museums of Military History”, RMMH for short. This denomination would more closely fit the mission described above.
As a category two federal scientific institution the Museum eventually hopes to evolve into a category one institution. It also wishes to become a national and international experts centre for military history. It encourages scientific research concerning military history and heritage. It will extend, commercialize and promote public services, exhibitions and publications, as well as fully engage the digital dimension. In that way, the Museum will play its social part in a modern manner.