There are several permanent exhibitions in the barrack blocks; they describe the background of the construction of the Fort des Dunes and the history of the site.
The exhibition – From peace to war – the tragic events of the years 1939-40 explains the challenges and the events of the war which broke out in Europe, from the growth of Nazism to the invasion of France in 1940. It is illustrated with a large number of photographs and reproductions of drawings by artists who witnessed the events.
The role played by the 12th Motorized Infantry division commanded by General Janssen is the subject of a exhibition which redraws the part taken by this unit in the fights to slow down the German advance and allow the re-embarkation of the allied troops.
A room is dedicaced to Dunkirk during the occupation and the tragic fate of 8 young members of the French resistance shot on 6th september 1944 in the moat of the fort of Dunes
The last exhibition room houses an exceptional animated and trilingual model (French-English-Dutch) which shows how the largest evacuation operation of all time in military history took place. This exibition is illustrated by a large number of photographs taken at the time.
After visiting the exhibition in the barrack block, why not tour the exterior of the fort with the help of an audio-guide. This will take you onto a newly laid out circuit marked with explanatory stands.
This will enable you to understand the strategic and defensive organisation of the fort, the design of General Séré de Rivière’s military architecture and see the changes made during the German occupation ( bunker, radar, anti-aircraft defense …)
The tour leads to the roofs of the fort’s buildings and there are magnificent views over the North Sea and the dunes, the maritime plain, the hills of Flanders and the city of Dunkirk.