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December 44 Historical Museum

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Address: Rue de l'Eglise 7, La Gleize 4987, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 (0)80 78 51 91
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The December 44 Museum is located in the hearth of the Belgian Ardennes, in...

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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Great Museum tucked away in the Ardennes

La Gleize nestles in the Ardennes in beautiful surroundings. The museum is really excellent with many interesting exhibits, carefully and sensitively displayed. The dioramas are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Slough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

La Gleize nestles in the Ardennes in beautiful surroundings. The museum is really excellent with many interesting exhibits, carefully and sensitively displayed. The dioramas are excellent, very well done. There is the usual gift shop as you leave. There is a small cafe in the village opposite. Its not far from Malmedy with its restaurants and bars. The King Tiger... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has loads of stuff to see and explains what happened in the area. There is a King Tiger tank outsode which is simply a must see. As I was the only person there when I visited the owner walked me around the place and showed me everything and explained it all to me, he's a really nice guy.

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Kent, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Plenty of relics from one pivotal event in the Battle of the Bulge/Battle of Ardennes including an excellent film show. It's a modern museum with great dioramas. Written information in English, French and German which is really helpful. Great staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

So much war memorabilia and information about the battle of the bulge. This place certainly is a place all should visit. Respectfully presented and an eye opener into the lives of those who fought here.

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

In the quiet unassuming surroundings it is the obvious King Tiger that announces the presence of this excellent museum. It's a King Tiger folks! That's enough for a great review in itself. The museum though, is fantastic. The staff were friendly and attentive, and for €7:50 you get a film presentation and treasure trove of displays. It doesn't look much... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Excellent small Museum run by very friendly people, we arrived on motorbike and they even held my bike gear for me as I walked around. Some great static displays behind glass so no real chance to touch them, however, you can touch the KT tank and even park your bike/car next to it for photos. The shop is well stocked,... More 

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Knoxville, TN USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

If you are a WWII history buff, this is a must see. I've read several accounts of the Battle of the Bulge, but driving through the actual countryside where it all took place makes it come alive. La Gleize was just a quiet Belgian farming village until December 1944 when Joachim Peiper showed up with the spearhead of the 6th... More 

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Havirov, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

You just have to visit this museum and the Tiger Tank II: I am not sure but I think it is the only place on the world where is the Tank Tiger II exposed. Of course I don't count some special Tank museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

It is worth visiting La Gleize just for the rare opportunity to see a King Tiger. The museum itself has many rare artifacts. The museum shop is really an antique shop selling very expensive genuine relics from WW2 including lots of German uniforms. There is a film show but while we were visiting it was not in English.

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Stirling, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

King Tiger is the icing on the cake ... but the main museum is excellent in its own right. Visited La Gleize as part of a battlefield tour and found the venue a wonderful treasure trove of WW2 materials and info. Excellent collection of memorabilia displayed imaginatively with storylines about the units and people who fought in the area during... More 

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