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Her Side of the War

Marie Curie in Veurne

09/04/2016 - 8/01/2017

Marie CurieThe 'Free Fatherland' Experience Centre in Veurne tells the story of the Polish-French double Nobel Prize-winner, Marie Curie, who decided at the outbreak of war to bring her experimental medical radiology equipment to the aid of the soldiers at the front. She organized the use of mobile radiology units, known as 'petites Curies' (little Curies), and also installed fixed units in the hospitals behind the lines. In this way, she helped to save many hundreds of lives, not only of soldiers but also of civilians.

Her first visit to Belgium was made to the Belgian Field Hospital in Veurne. During her tours of the front she was often assisted by her 17-year-old daughter Iréne, who was a nurse. After the war, Marie Curie continued to pursue her research into radium, which had won her the award of the Nobel Prize. Iréne later carried on her mother's work and was in turn awarded the Nobel Prize in 1935.

'Free Fatherland'
Experience Centre
Grote Markt 29
8630 Veurne
T. +32 (0)58 33 55 31

Opening hours
1 April  to 11 November: 
Monday to Friday, 09.00-17.00.
Saturday, Sunday and school holidays, 10.00-17.00

12 November to 31 March:
Monday to Friday, 09.00-17.00.
Saturday, Sunday and school holidays, 13.00-17.00

Closed 25 December and 1 January.
Entrance fees
Admittance to the temporary exhibition is included in the ticket price for the 'Free Fatherland' Experience Centre.
Adults: €4.00; 65+: €3.00
Children (7-18 years): €2.00
Children (0-7 years): free
Groups (min. 15 persons): €3.00
Schools: €2.00