Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum, Velzeke (PAM Velzeke) and Archaeological Park
Paddestraat 7, 9620 Velzeke (Zottegem), Belgium
Contact: Peter Van der Plaetsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Open: Monday – Friday 9 – 12am, 2 – 5pm / Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 2 – 6pm
Closed: December 25 to January 2
EDUCAR: During the guided tour in the museum exact copies of artefacts of all periods are compared with the original ones of the collection : they can be touched, their function is explained and experienced. The copies are kept close to the exposed originals in movable cases (educar).
ANCIENT DRESS PROJECT: Everyone can be dressed and experience cloths of different periods. Fashion, the way to wear them and fabrication techniques are explained.
MILITARIA: Experience with exact copies of weapons of prehistoric and historic times.
GUIDED ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR: Visit of the on-going excavations, Saint Martin’s church and Archaeological Park.
ROMAN GARDEN: All about of local and imported plants of the Roman period (occurrence, function, decoration).
Saint Martin’s church
Open: Exterior – free access. / Interior – to be attended with a museum staff member or a guide.
Directions and travel information:
Brussels Airport (57 km from Velzeke)
Velzeke is located approximately 45 minutes’ drive from the Belgian National Airport of Zaventem. The airport has its own station (Brussels National Airport), with direct trains to Brussels where further connection to Zottegem (direction Kortrijk-Poperinge) is possible. The station is underneath the airport and accessible via lifts and escalators in the arrivals hall. Several car hire companies also operate from Brussels Airport.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport (100 km from Velzeke)
Brussels Charleroi South airport is one and a half hours drive from Velzeke. One can take the bus to Charleroi railway station for the train to Brussels. There is also a shuttle bus going directly to Brussels. Several car hire companies also operate from Charleroi Airport.
Lille Lesquin airport (80 km from Velzeke)
Lille Lesquin airport (France) is one and a quarter hour drive from Velzeke. From there one can take the shuttle bus to Euralille, nearby the Lille Flandres railway station and take a train from there to Brussels or to Kortrijk. In both cities one has to change for Zottegem. Several car hire companies also operate from Lille Lesquin airport. Follow E17, direction Kortrijk.
From Ghent, use E40. Take exit 17 (Wetteren) towards the N42/Oosterzelesteenweg, direction Zottegem. Follow the N42 for 10 km. Turn right onto N46/Steenweg op Aalst. 3,8 km further turn left at Lieve-Heerstraat. Take the first right to arrive at Paddestraat. Parking of the museum at no. 7.
From Brussels, use E40. Take exit 18 (Erpe-Mere) towards the N46, direction Zottegem. Turn right onto Oudenaardsesteenweg and continue on N46 for 14 km. Turn left at Lieve-Heerstraat. Take the first right to arrive at Paddestraat. Parking of the museum at no. 7.
From Kortrijk, use E17. Take exit 7 (Deinze) and merge onto the N35/Steenweg op Deinze, direction Nazareth. Continue to the N439/Stationsstraat. After 6,5 km take the turn to the right and continue on the N415/Gaverstraat. Follow for 6,5 km and turn right to Lieve-Heerstraat. Take the first right to arrive at Paddestraat. Parking of the museum at no. 7.
One can park for free as well at Romeins Plein as in front of the museum in the Paddestraat.
Due to the expansion works of the museum, the entry of the museum is located in the Doolbosweg. Signs will guide you from Paddestraat 7 towards the entry.
By train and bus
The nearest train stations to the museum are Balgem-Zuid and Zottegem. Balegem-Zuid is at about 3 km, Zottegem at 4 km.
Walk to Walzegem and continue to Balegemstraat. At the busstop Elene Balemstraat you can take bus 81, direction Deinze Kerkhof. Stop at Velzeke Dorp (3 min).
Take bus 81, direction Deinze Kerkhof and stop at Velzeke Dorp (10 min). Bus 81 (Deinze-Gavere-Zottegem) has a frequency of 1 per hour during the week and 1 per 2 hours in the weekend.
There are several B&B’s in the region. Website containing information regarding accommodation in the neighborhood: www.toerismevlaamseardennen.be
The Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum Velzeke
The first museum was installed on the first floor of the former schoolmaster’s house, a notable 19th century building in neo-classical style dominating the village of Velzeke. Fig. 50 In the years 1983-1986 the town of Zottegem transformed the municipal school itself into a museum and the schoolmaster’s house became an office for the museum. Soon after the addition of a second aisle, in 1992, the Province of East-Flanders took over the museum. A Roman garden was created in 1997. In 2000 the museums of Velzeke and Ename formed a cooperation. A new, huge building is now under construction and will increase the room capacities substantially. The educational spaces and the archaeological depot opens in 2014, the new exhibition rooms in 2015. Fig. 44 The actual exhibition presents not only the finds of Velzeke and its surroundings but covers the whole southern region of East-Flanders, from the prehistory up to the Carolingian-Ottonian period. Until recently the focus was laid on the Gallo-Roman and Merovingian periods. However, with the coming extension of the museum and stimulated by the discovery of a new palaeolithic site in Ronse and the recent study of the Saint-Martin’s church, prehistory and early medieval times will get the attention they deserve. Nowadays the museum already became a well-balanced institute with its own collections and presentation Fig. 53, excavation service, specialized library, conservation room Fig. 54, depot and educational team. Fig. 55 This offers the most various opportunities to involve the public more closely in the ongoing archaeological work as well as in living history by means of a wide range of re-enactments. Fig. 56
Patrick Monsieur, Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum Velzeke, Belgium
Johan Deschieter, Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum Velzeke, Belgium
Kurt Braeckman, Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum Velzeke, Belgium