Things to do in Belgian Westhoek, Flanders: The Best History Museums

May 22, 2022 Lean Nau

Discover the best top things to do in Belgian Westhoek, Belgium including Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, In Flanders Fields Museum, Hooge Crater Museum, Openluchtmuseum Bachten De Kupe, Museum Aan de IJzer, Lange Max Museum, Vrij Vaderland, Talbot House - Museum, Oldtimermuseum Bossaert, Yper Museum.
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1. Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Ieperstraat 5, Zonnebeke 8980 Belgium +32 51 77 04 41 [email protected] http://www.passchendaele.be/
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5.0 based on 996 reviews

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 presents the historic story of the First World War in a poignant and vivid way, with a particular emphasis on the Battle of Passchendaele. This battle in 1917 is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War, with more than half-a-million casualties for a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror. The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 combines the interactive design of a modern museum with the exceptional aspect of experiencing the Dugouts & Trenches. Last admission at 16:30.

Reviewed By earlro - London, United Kingdom

Amazingly well presented experience including realistic reconstructions of deep underground bunkers and then both British and German trenches outside. A must and very good value.

2. In Flanders Fields Museum

Grote Markt 34, Ieper (Ypres) 8900 Belgium +32 57 23 92 20 [email protected] http://www.inflandersfields.be/
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4.5 based on 3,564 reviews

In Flanders Fields Museum

The Ypres region was the backdrop to on of the bloodiest battles in history, 100 years ago. Now the last witness have died too, the In Flanders Fields Museum is more than ever the gateway to the First World War in Flanders. The In Flanders Fields Museum confronts the visitor with the consequences of the Great War. Old and young are faced with life and death in the Ypres front region. The exhibition with touching video projects, unique sound fragments and the most up-to-date multimedia applications immerse you in the life at the front. each visitor also receives a poppy bracelet that enables him/her to discover four personal stories of 'Joe Public' in the Great War. By logging in you can meet your peers in the war, a century ago.

Reviewed By GemsNI - Armagh, United Kingdom

The In Flanders Fields Museum is housed in a beautiful historic building in the centre of the main square. Ypres was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in First World War in Flanders and the exhibitions show how the battle progressed, how the soldiers survived in the trenches and the senselessness of death in battle. The In Flanders Fields Museum gives the visitor a Poppy bracelet to wear which allows you to interact with the exhibits and read more information - this allows you to immerse yourself in the exhibits and makes the experience more 'personal'. The living history videos with first hand accounts were excellent. I cried several times throughout the museum as it was so personal/real. A Must see museum- the more you immerse yourself into the exhibits, the more emotional it becomes.

3. Hooge Crater Museum

Meenseweg 467, Ieper (Ypres) 8902 Belgium +32 57 46 84 46 [email protected] http://www.hoogecrater.com
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4.5 based on 742 reviews

Hooge Crater Museum

Full scale reconstructions of war scenes, an extended collection of weapons, war equipment and photos make this museum to a true must-see!The chapel, in which the museum is located, dates back from the early twenties. This chapel was built directly across the Hooge Crater cemetery in memory of the many fallen soldiers on the battle fields of ‘Hooge’ over a period of 4 years. Rare military clothing of the troops, that where fighting in the ‘Ypres Salient’ (Ieperboog) are exposed in glass displays. Also you can see some full scale scenes of the Great War battle fields, very authentically reproduced. The theme of the scenes is very divers: German bunkers, British trenches and full scale horses with cavalry troops on their backs.

Reviewed By TopTraveller18 - Four Marks, United Kingdom

Hooge Crater Museum is an interesting and informative museum, which really helped me understand some of the features of the warfare in World War One. There were many visual elements to the museum, with plenty of artefacts and objects that helped explain the key features of the warfare. The museum was a lovely tribute to those who had died and served in the war. There is a café and also a small gift shop, where, amongst other things, bullets found in nearby battlefields can be bought for a very reasonable price. The museum is well kept and a must - go if you are in the area.

4. Openluchtmuseum Bachten De Kupe

Sint-Mildredaplein 1B, Alveringem 8691 Belgium +32 58 29 80 90 http://www.openluchtmuseumbachtendekupe.be
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Openluchtmuseum Bachten De Kupe

5. Museum Aan de IJzer

IJzerdijk 49, Diksmuide 8600 Belgium +32 51 50 02 86 [email protected] http://www.aandeijzer.be
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4.5 based on 346 reviews

Museum Aan de IJzer

The MUSEUM AT THE YSER is a museum with a message. This message is PEACE, FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE and the idea that violence never brings peace. The museum has 22 floors. Entrance Fees Per person € 8,00 ; CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE Younger than 7 free ; 7-17 year € 4 The Museum at the Yser (the Yser Tower) is open daily January - February - March - October - November - December: from 9.00 to 17.00 (Sat., Sun-. and Bank Holidays: from 10.00 to 17.00) April - May - June - July - August - September: from 9.00 to 18.00 (Sat., Sun. and Bank Holidays: from 10.00 to 18.00) Closed on 24/25/26/31 December , on 01/02 January + 3 weeks after the Christmas holidays. => The domain is accessible up to 1 hour before closing time. => Dogs are not allowed (except guide dogs).

Reviewed By Michael-Aylesford - Aylesford, United Kingdom

After a very powerful short film, you get the lift to the 22nd floor, for a great panorama of Diksmuide, then decend a floor at a time to look at the very many artefacts of, and detailed information on, the First World War. Quite gripping, and an absolute 'must' to visit if you are anywhere near the area.

6. Lange Max Museum

Clevenstraat 2, Koekelare 8680 Belgium +32 475 58 50 51 [email protected] http://www.langemaxmuseum.be
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4.5 based on 219 reviews

Lange Max Museum

The Lange Max Museum is a must-see place for the World War I tourist on the German side of the western frontline. The farmyard is the centre of this curtural and touristic location. A long lane takes you from the farmyard to the remains of the artillerie platform of the former German cannon 'Lange Max'. In a brand new contemporary museum, the visitor learns all about the huge cannon that was designed to bombard Dunkirk. The German occupation of Koekelare gets full attention. A unique exhibition tells you all about the organisation behind the frontline. The production of army goods ran at full speed in Koekelare. The little bakehouse still contains traces of the German presence and is redesignated as a multi-media room. You can relax on a cosy terrace enjoying a 'Kanonbier' or homemade pancakes.

Reviewed By Aggyscapes - Deurne, Belgium

The museum depicts the logistical side, and the impact on the local population of WW1 from an interesting perspective. (Forced) participation of the local community under the German control is shown. The construction of the canon is depcited within the whole happening, and not just shown as a "fait divers". I absolutely recommend the audio guide (for just 2 euros extra), because it gives a lot more information than can be found otherwise. We spent about 2,5 hours in the museum and enjoyed a nice beer in the cafeteria afterwards.

7. Vrij Vaderland

Grote Markt 29, Veurne 8630 Belgium +32 58 33 55 31 [email protected] http://www.vrijvaderland.be
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Vrij Vaderland

Reviewed By thomasleroy

Part of Belgian history. Shows how the "westhoeck" fight off Germans in WW1. Belgian bravery and genius of king Albert. Bilingual display dutch / English. The museum is located in the townhall where king Albert ruled his army during WW1. Impressive premises. You can still feel the mood of time gone by.

8. Talbot House - Museum

Gasthuisstraat 43, Poperinge 8970 Belgium +32 57 33 32 28 [email protected] http://www.talbothouse.be/en/
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4.5 based on 331 reviews

Talbot House - Museum

Talbot House is typical British club, founded during the Great War to offer a home from home to over half a million soldiers. It was and very much still is run on the basis of some engenius house rules, such as the Every Man's Club principle. Here you can find peace in the beautiful English garden, enjoy a cuppa in the canteen whilst the old piano plays another tune. Upstairs, you'll find comfort in the original chapel of the House. A visit to Talbot House is truly an authentic experience. But there's more. Why not go and enjoy the Happy Hoppers show in the original Concert Hall? Explore a temporary exhibition, have a chat with the resident wardens or discover the new permanent exhibition (2020) which showcases 500 artefacts from the Talbot House archives, spanning over a full century. Also, did you know Talbot House is a Guest House where you can stay the night? It's by far the most authentic accommodation on the Western Front with every room having its own story. See you soon!

Reviewed By NeilC853

Having visit Ypres a number of times we had never visited Talbot House, aka TOC H / Tubby's House in Poperinge before. It is about 20 mins drive from Ypres and is really worth a visit. The house was used as a refuge for soldiers of all ranks "leave your rank at the door" on R&R from the frontline. There are simple films showing the history and then you cam walk into the house which is also a guest house. It is beautifully done you are given an IPAD that comes to life at different points and you finish the tour back in the living room where you are offered tea/ coffee or cake by the "guide", who apparantly are from a group of twelve "caretakers" who manage the house throughout the year. You can really feel the history and with its orignal layout and the pictures from the time it really is quite haunting although a very special place - don't be put off by the unassuming entrance. A very special place and we have been to a lot!

9. Oldtimermuseum Bossaert

Tempelare 12 Grote baan van Ieper naar Veurne, Lo-Reninge 8647 Belgium +32 57 40 04 32 [email protected] http://Oldtimermuseum.be
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Oldtimermuseum Bossaert

The oldtimermuseum consists of a collection of 95 cars from 1899 until the years 70 plus about 25 old motorcycles. Everything is beautiful decorated with a few old publicities, also mannequin dolls dressed up in the passed time. Together with the Cafetaria and the Shopping Center is it an ideal place for an afternoon outing for schools or with the family, with friends or with a club or for a surprise outing or a planned journey.

10. Yper Museum

Grote Markt in Lakenhalle, Ieper (Ypres) Belgium +32 57 23 92 20 http://www.ypermuseum.be/
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Yper Museum

Reviewed By KAW687 - London, United Kingdom

We bought the combo ticket with the Flanders Field museum and it was the ideal antidote to that very moving and emotional experience. This was a lot of fun. The Pythonesque animation about the town defenses was really funny.

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