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December 44 Historical Museum

Rue de l'Eglise, 7, La Gleize B-4987 La Gleize, Belgium
+32 (0)80 78 51 91
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in La Gleize
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
Owner description: The December 44 Museum is located in the hearth of the Belgian Ardennes, in the village of La Gleize, where the Battle of the Bulge was fought, on the... more » Owner description: The December 44 Museum is located in the hearth of the Belgian Ardennes, in the village of La Gleize, where the Battle of the Bulge was fought, on the northern part of the offensive. Surrounded by American airborne, armored and infantry forces, 800 German survivors of the 1st Panzer SS, a "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" elite division, lead by Peiper, fled on Christmas Eve leaving behind 135 armoured vehicles including the 69 tonne King Tiger tank, still visible at the museum.The museum accurately recounts these tragic events through one of the most important collection in Europe, most of it collected on the very battlefield where it was fought. « less
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This museum was recently rebuilt in the centre of La Gleize which was in the heart of the battle area. The exhibits on the first floor were themed in chronological order of the battle and were incredibly detailed and very personal to all the people who were there at the time, from the soldiers of Germany, the Allies and the... More

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Fife, UK
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

What a great museum. Far more personal than others. Unique artifacts from the battle, authentic uniforms, loads of memorabilia and relics galore. All well organised and displayed in a very sympathetic manner. The King Tiger was awesome, battle scared but what a monster. Very helpful staff.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

The king tiger alone is worth a visit, what a tank! this museum is by far one of the best I have visited. I think this and a museum in Normandy are linked ( dead man corner) it would explain the fantastic displays and the pride that has been taken in creating this museum. If you are really into your... More

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Alberta Canada
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21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

A very well put together museum with many many authentic WWII uniforms, memorabilia, artifacts and a thirty minute film. The highlight for my husband was the Tiger Tank parked at the front door. The owners tell us there is still more to come but we certainly did not feel that we were looking at a partially complete presentation. This is... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

While driving along one of the many Battle of the Bulge routes, we came across the "December 44 Historical Museum" located in La Gleize. It was quite an unexpected surprise to find this museum and the 'King Tiger' tank parked just outside! The museum is compact and well laid out, while the military items keep your interest. Meanwhile, the staff,... More

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Belgium
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

A lot has been said about the features and the excellence of the renovation works. What striked my mind was actually how we were welcomed and told goodbye. Welcomed by an unexpected story around the famous few days, the context, showcased by such a passionate person (checking in took 20 great minutes ). And greeted by Yvi a splendid way... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic museum with authentic WWII uniforms and artifacts as well as interesting information. Great setup as well for displays and a very informative 30 minute film. Can be a quick 30 min stop or spend hours watching the film and reading through all of the exhibits.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This modern, but quite small museum is a must if you are interested in the Battle of the Bulge. You can get round it in 90 minutes, but it is well-laid out and choc-full of authentic exhibits from the period. Of course it is also famous for the King Tiger parked outside - if you are interested in the history,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This companion to the Dead Man's Corner musuem, located in Normandy (St Come du Mont) is very well done. The museum is packed with tons of original gear and tells the story of the German offensive in the Ardennes and American counter-offensive to push them back. The museum is well laid out, though a little dark in spots which makes... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We went to La Gleize because we knew there was a preserved Tiger II tank there. However, on arrival we saw the recently reopened museum and decided to pay it a visit. It was well worth it. Story-boards tell the background to the Ardennes Offensive of winter 1944 with a focus on the Peiper Battlegroup which was utlimately defeated in... More

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