Nationaal Tabaksmuseum

Visiting address

Koestraat 63
B-8940 Wervik

+32 (0)56 95 24 25

The Tobacco Museum was opened in 1987, in the outbuildings of the protected 18th-century Briekenmolen. In 2003 it got a new wing, which gave it a completely new look. A stimulating combination of authenticity and modernism. In 2014 the museum underwent a complete metamorphosis with a view to the commemoration of 100 years of the First World War.


The Wervik region became the center of tobacco growing in Belgium in the 20th century.  "Wervikschen Tabak" is reknowned in the region. It is therefore logical that you will find the National Tobacco Museum here.

In the museum you learn how tobacco conquered the world and virtually all facets of the rich tobacco culture are illustrated. The collection is gradually becoming impressive and now has more than 12,000 pieces.

You will see the most remarkable objects to smoke and make a fire. But also forgotten forms of tobacco use such as sniffing and chewing are discussed. Exciting smuggling stories spice up your visit and bring you back to the days of policemen, borders and customs officers. When you see our beautiful collection of tobacco billboards of disappeared cigarette brands, you might become a bit nostalgic. And of course the educational / preventive component cannot be missed during your visit. In short, an exciting and educational experience thanks to the various perspectives.

Opening hours
winter (Feb. 1 - Mar. 31 and Nov. 16 - Nov. 30)
Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 12am and 2pm -5pm  
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Mondays

summer (Apr. 1 - Nov. 15)
Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 12am and 2pm - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 2pm - 6pm
Closed on Mondays  

Official holidays (not on Mondays): 14-18 hrs

Admission prices
Adults: € 4.50
Seniors (60+): € 3.50
Young people (6-18 years): € 2
Children (<6 years): free
Students: € 2