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Address: Canadalaan 26, Ieper (Ypres) B-8900, Belgium
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Worth a visit, but this place has so much potential, it's a shame it's not as good as it could be!

So we enjoyed looking at the artefacts - especially the photos in the viewfinders at the start. But there was no order to the way things were displayed and no explanations next to... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

So we enjoyed looking at the artefacts - especially the photos in the viewfinders at the start. But there was no order to the way things were displayed and no explanations next to anything, no guidebook. No numbered items with a provided leaflet or any such system. Being able to go in the trenches is special although parts appear to... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is difficult to review. On one hand it has in it's grounds what I thought was the most "representitive" trench systems which sit in woodland still bearing the scars of war - complete with shell craters all over the place....... Its very atmospheric. We visited in February and the trenches were muddy and it was cold and ones... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum itself is tired and not very well catalogued - that said this is still a must to visit if only for the trenches and the amazing slides depicting often harrowing images of WW1

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Stanwick, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This visit consisted of looking through a hodgepodge collection in an old house and what I hoped would be an accurate depiction of the horrors of First World War trenches. I was disappointed all around. Don't waste your time.

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Bishops Stortford UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Took a school group here. They were able to see what it must have been like in WW1. As well as being able to wander around the trenches there is also plenty to see inside the museum. I highly recommend Hill 62 on your school outing. Remember to bring wellies.

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Good place to visit with trenches located at the back of the building. This a private collection with everything from pictures to rum bottles to guns and uniforms. However if you plan to walk the trenches make sure you have suitable shoes as even on a dry day they were very very muddy

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We visited here twice during our week long stay in Ypres, once we came up with a small tour company "Flanders Battlefield Tours" but, we were running a bit late and it was getting dark. So I only had a short window for sightseeing outside, as for the museum I couldn't believe what I was seeing, it was so bad... More 

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Rochford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Really good museum, plenty of artifacts. Liked the fact you were left to yourself to walk around and touch everything. Most amazing part was the fact they still have the trenches just as they were left, we walked through them in all the mud and water,(you can walk around if you prefer) unbelievable suffering they had. Huge craters everywhere, amazing.... More 

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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I have read the reviews on this site and can understand the negative comments which I suspect are largely due to the most recent owner of the "attraction" who died recently. I understand that he viewed this as a cash cow for easy milking rather than a respectful preservation of a dreadful part of European history. I believe the original... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I didn't visit the museum, it was closed. However this is still a very good area to visit if you are interested in local military history. Hill 62 is just a short walk (2min) away, it and its monument are free. Being a hill, it has an excellent view and you can see how hard and how much courage it... More 

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