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“DO NOT MISS” 5 of 5 stars
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Hooge Crater museum
Meenseweg 467, Ieper (Ypres) 8902, Belgium
+32 57 46 84 46
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Owner description: 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.
Shamley Green, United Kingdom
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“DO NOT MISS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

There are several good reasons for visiting the Museum and the attached café. Also opposite is the Hooge Crater Cemetery which should also be visited. The Museum is first class and obviously put together by someone with a passion for his subject. Good value and although it is not a big museum you can spend a good hour there. It is also good value and better still if you take advantage of the "coffee/drink/ sandwich/ entrance" combination ticket.

Visited October 2013
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Montgomery, Alabama
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“Lots of artifacts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We enjoyed this museum, right next door to our hotel. There are lots of authentic items on display and you really get a sense of what everyday life was in the trenches. There is an informative video and even a snack bar. It isn't a huge collection, but you may want to read every entry. Amazing!

Visited September 2013
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“Excellent and Informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a family owned Museum. It has been set out in a very user friendly way and is most informative. Well worth visiting. There is a cafe and bar with a sun terrace, serving reasonably priced snacks and beverages. The local beer is also excellent.

Visited April 2013
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“Hooge Crater world war 1 museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Hooge Crater was a midday stop in Flanders Fields. After a morning of visiting cemeteries, monuments and battle areas ie Hill 60, we had a short break at H/Crater enjoying liquid refreshments and light lunch. The museum had a superb array of WW1 bombs, guns, helmets, various medals and other memorabilia. Scenes of what a typical "Dug-out" looked like. The museum also showed a short film of the Tommies out in the field, tending casualties and showing the general hardships endured. The entire day was excellent and well worth the money.
Information about all aspects of the day was in-depth and very interesting. Even today, almost 100 years after WW1, the iron harvest (metal objects such as shells, guns, uniform badges etc)still continues. Also approx.12 bodies per year are found, each given a full Military funeral.

Visited March 2013
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The museum houses a collection of artefacts and displays that give an insight into the battles of the Ypres Salient. It's worth the entrance fee.
Walk across the road afterwards to visit the cometary there.

Visited November 2012
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