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December 44 Historical Museum

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Address: Rue de l'Eglise, 7, La Gleize B-4987 La Gleize, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 (0)80 78 51 91
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Description: The December 44 Museum is located in the hearth of the Belgian Ardennes...
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.
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This is a excellent museum. Well worth going to. We went to see the Tiger II, then went in the museum. The exhibits are very well laid out. Many WW2 and personal items. There is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This is a excellent museum. Well worth going to. We went to see the Tiger II, then went in the museum. The exhibits are very well laid out. Many WW2 and personal items. There is also a very good military shop next door, with many interesting items for sale.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We came to La Gleize to see where the German advance was stopped during the Battle of the Bulge. There is a fabulous museum in La Gleize including a very rare King Tiger Tank parked outside the front of the museum. This thing is huge...69 tons! Give yourself lots of time in the museum. If you are into WWII equipment... More 

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Knoxville, Tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Perhaps it is the fact this is the only museum we saw where the focal point was from the German side (don't misunderstand me, we were in Belgium to pay homage to the American sites, but this was just something different). The museum does not in any way support the German side, they just have a collection that no other... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Museum is pretty standard for all other similar facilities, exploiting the Ardennes offensive in nearby villages - good set of old stuff, uniforms, deorations, weapons, Very nicely arranged dioramas with dummies dressed as SS or wehrmacht soldiers. All-in-all very good. But I was genuinely surprised to see that accuracy of the museums is way into fascination and admiration of the... More 

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dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This museum is bigger than it looks and has a shop attached with WWII stuff for sale. The museum is well designed and has enough interesting visual and written material to justify the fee and the drive. The German tank is a great piece and a great photo op.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

We visited this museum on Tuesday 30 th July, whilst on a Leger Battle of the Bulge battlefield tour, with Tony Carr as our tour guide. This was one of four museum's on our tour, as we worked our way around the battlefield roughly following KG Peipers route from the Losheim Gap, Malmedy, Stavelot, Trois Pont's and into La Gleize... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My husband and I spent 2 hours here during our trip to the Ardennes. I didn't expect much from the museum itself, but my husband wanted to see the King Tiger tank which sits outside the museum. He loved seeing the tank. The museum itself blew our expectations out of the water. First, you go through museum reading different panels... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

During a brief weekend stay in Spa I wanted to combine some sporting activities with a visit to a local WW2 museum and had intended to drive to Bastogne. However I didn't have time and therefore coming across the December 44 museum in La Gleize was very pleasing. Although I speak some French the museum catered very well for English... More 

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Hanlontown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Very nice little museum. The exhibits are many and varied, with many items being from the local area. This area was in the heart of the battle and things are arranged and explained so as to help you understand just what took place here seventy years ago. The museum also has on display one of the very few remaining German... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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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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Address: Rue de l'Eglise, 7, La Gleize B-4987 La Gleize, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 (0)80 78 51 91
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Wallonia  >  The Ardennes  >  Liege Province  >  La Gleize

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