Napoleon’s Last Headquarters
4 km from the Lion’s Mound, Napoleon’s Last Headquarters is the only Napoleonic museum in Belgium. The Emperor created his strategy and battle plans there on the eve of the 1815 confrontation at Waterloo.
Have fun with history
Located 20 km from Brussels, in Walloon Brabant, the museum houses a multitude of objects, mainly from the French army, including the camp bed of the Emperor Napoleon, in an authentic period setting.
The museum’s scenography allows you to better immerse yourself in this historic site and to better understand its history. Emphasis is placed on the events of the night of 17 to 18 June and on numerous anecdotes from civilian and military life.
A Museum for Everyone
Adults and children will be able to explore the museum at their own pace and as they wish. In fact, in order to guarantee its accessibility to everyone, children can explore the HQ while having fun.
A playful circuit is available for children to help them understand this decisive moment in history. Special attention is also paid to people with reduced mobility, the visually impaired, hard of hearing and deaf people with special spaces from reception onwards.
The Emperor Napoleon
Night falls on 17 June 1815. The rain overwhelms Napoleon’s exhausted troops. The battle rages between the Allied army led by the Duke of Wellington and the French army. The Emperor ordered a halt at the Ferme du Caillou, which was to become Napoleon’s Last Headquarters. The Emperor, surrounded by his General Staff, spent the night of 17 to 18 June 1815 there under the protection of the Imperial Guard. It was here that the battle plans were drawn up. After Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, the farm was burnt down, before being restored for its historical interest.
Did you know?
There is a small brick ossuary in the garden of Napoleon’s Last Headquarters in which bones of soldiers from 1815 have been collected.
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All year round, the museum offers primary school classes the opportunity to experience and share an educational activity supervised by activity leaders, in line with the school curriculum.
In good weather, picnic tables are available for you to use.
Napoleon’s Last Headquarters also offers children and their families the opportunity to share activities during the school holidays.
Napoleon’s Last Headquarters are on the move! In June each year, the orchard adjoining the museum lives to the rhythm of the bivouacs and the re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo. The site also hosts the Napoleon Hunt at Easter and the Emperor’s Market in October.
From 01/04 to 30/09: 9:30 am - 6 pm
From 01/10 to 31/03: 10 am - 5 pm
Closed on 01/01 and 25/12.
Student, senior: €4
Child (7-17 years old): €3
Child (<7 years old): free
School groups: €5
Pass 1815: Access the 6 attractions of the Battlefield of Waterloo at a very attractive price: Waterloo 1815 Memorial, Wellington Museum and Napoleon's Last HQ.
Adult: €23 / Student, senior: €22 / Child (10-17 years): €14 / Child <10 years: free (excluding entertainment).
Whether alone, with friends or family, follow Napoleon, his officers, aides-de-camp and surgeons during the hours leading up to the battle!