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Memorial 1815

Route du Lion 1815, Braine-l'Alleud 1420, Belgium
+32 2 385 19 12
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Buried at the foot of the Lion's Mound, the Memorial 1815 enables you to to experience one of the most turbulent times in our History... as if you were there. Dive into the heart of the battle, in a multi-sensory experience, full of special effects, the only one of its kind in Europe! 1815 m² of immersive journeying in a narrative set design which focuses on the experience of the battle! The Panorama is an impressive fresco with a circumference of 110 m and a height of 12 m, made in 1912. The painting puts you at the heart of the battle thanks to an impressive sound system. The Lion's Mound offers a unique view of the battlefield after a memorable ascent of 226 steps! As last authentic witness of the battle, the Barn of Hougoumont features a brand-new scenography made of 4 exhibition rooms as well as an impressive multimedia show.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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Route du Lion 1815, Braine-l'Alleud 1420, Belgium
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"hougoumont farm"
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"lion's mound"
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"waterloo battlefield"
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"audio guide"
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"the bus"
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"the barn"
in 29 reviews
"re enactment"
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"worth the climb"
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"battle field"
in 19 reviews
"european history"
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"virtual reality"
in 9 reviews
"underground museum"
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"butte du lion"
in 15 reviews
"french revolution"
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"history buff"
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"excellent museum"
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"both sides"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum at Waterloo Battlefield would be a better and more descriptive name.... one of the best historical event museums anywhere in the world. It is only three years old as it was built to commemorate two hundred years since that fateful battle that affected so...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to take guests when you are tired of fighting the traffic to get into Brussels. The location is very nice, and the museum is vastly improved over the previous one there. The audio guides are helpful although you get tired of them...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You've probably seen this image in photos and on souvenirs many times, so I guess you should see it in person. Not a great experience, but it's OK and I guess you should visit it if you're here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cracking day out. The new memorial museum is full of information and hitech gizmos. It takes you underground and explains, with the aid of hand held audio devices, about the French revolution which gave rise to Napoleon. There are some fabulous exhibits of uniforms and...More

Thank Robin C
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

First time visiting and wasn't disappointed. The film in the museum is definitely worth a watch. Also worth the walk/bus trip down to Hougoumont Farm, the walk back really helps to give an understanding of the battle field after visiting the museum.

Thank DorsetBert
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

We travelled to Waterloo to climb the stairs and see the lion and battlefields . We arrived and asked the, very rude, lady at the front if we could just see the lion . We were astonished to learn that there was no single ticket...More

Thank Heather B
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Memorial1815, Responsable relations clients at Memorial 1815, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion on your visit. We very much value our visitors sharing their impressions with us. We have observed that many of our visitors received no information about the history of the battle. Some, after...More

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Reviewed June 9, 2018

The Museum is very well done to include some 4D videos (don't sit too far from the front). The displays of Uniforms and armaments are very impressive. The sole exterior site is a man-made mound with a Lion Statue crowning it. Pack a lunch unless...More

Thank James B
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Reviewed June 7, 2018

Museum is very interestingly organized. Visitors get an audio guide and by pressing the exhibits code you get an information about it. Although it is a lot of facts it's never boring. You will see plenty of animation and movies. For me the most attractive...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2018

Have visited Waterloo a number of times but wanted to return to check out the museum that opened in 2015. Very pleased to have done so as it provides a thorough and accessible view of the battle and the events leading up to it. The...More

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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

I have never been so interested in history as I was at this museum. The way the story was told was so clever. You had your own voice guide. There was places you could put the voice guide in and it let you do quizzes....More

Thank Goosey65
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Sampath S
March 29, 2017|
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Not too bad, and worth it!
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Dipsti
June 10, 2016|
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Response from Doug G | Reviewed this property |
I found the visitors centre and museum were excellent. I think doing them at your own pace would be the best thing. You could easily spend 2-3 hrs walking through listening to the self paced tour. After that enjoying the... More
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Gill588
June 28, 2015|
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Response from Mark N | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in central Brussels as the bus and train leave from Brussels Midi (south) station, if you want to tour all the sites, Hougemont, Napoleon's HQ, ..., not just the museum, circular painting and lion mount, you will... More
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