A seaworthy replica of the three-masted ‘Belgica’ is being built in a shipyard in Boom. It was on the original ship that Adrien de Gerlache undertook his historic South Pole expedition (1897-1899), which was the first in history on which people spent the winter in the Antarctic. This project not only breathes life into our most important maritime heritage, it also provides opportunities for the future. De Steenschuit is the charity building the ship with the help of 500 long-term jobseekers, providing them with new training and employment prospects. Furthermore, the new ‘Belgica’ is being built using green energy and renewable materials. When the ship is ready, it will sail the seven seas on a climate mission.
The visitors’ centre is open to individuals every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (from 16 March to end October).
Entry is free of charge.
Daily guided tours can be arranged on request.
The price is €100 for groups of up to 20 people; larger groups pay €5 extra per person.
New Belgica Werf
T: +32 3 888 00 76
Info & reservation
T: +32 3 886 22 66