Lange Max Museum

Lange Max Museum, Koekelare

Lange Max Museum
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The Lange Max Museum is a must-see place for the World War I tourist on the German side of the western frontline. The farmyard is the centre of this curtural and touristic location. A long lane takes you from the farmyard to the remains of the artillerie platform of the former German cannon 'Lange Max'. In a brand new contemporary museum, the visitor learns all about the huge cannon that was designed to bombard Dunkirk. The German occupation of Koekelare gets full attention. A unique exhibition tells you all about the organisation behind the frontline. The production of army goods ran at full speed in Koekelare. The little bakehouse still contains traces of the German presence and is redesignated as a multi-media room. You can relax on a cosy terrace enjoying a 'Kanonbier' or homemade pancakes.
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1-2 hours
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Deurne, Belgium2 contributions
Feb 2020
The museum depicts the logistical side, and the impact on the local population of WW1 from an interesting perspective. (Forced) participation of the local community under the German control is shown. The construction of the canon is depcited within the whole happening, and not just shown as a "fait divers". I absolutely recommend the audio guide (for just 2 euros extra), because it gives a lot more information than can be found otherwise. We spent about 2,5 hours in the museum and enjoyed a nice beer in the cafeteria afterwards.
Written February 27, 2020
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Koen V
1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Couples
The museum was extremely good. It gave a good look into the German side of the conflict. For the people who think it's just about a cannon don't worry. It offers a very detailed insight in the German army, the occupation and the various tactics with which the Germans tried to get the resources needed to continue the war and break the stalemate.

The cannon is of course an important part, which it definitely deserves to be. My advice to any vistiors is to get there as soon as the museum opens up. If you are interested in it, you will need all the time you can get.

Another piece of advice I got is to invest in the audio guide. It's only 2 euros more and adds a lot to the experience.
Written September 2, 2018
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L3702JGpauld
2 contributions
Jun 2018
Excellent visit today. We arrived 2 hours before opening as weren’t sure of opening hours. Local cafe rang owner who promptly turned up. He then gave us a personal tour of the museum and all its exhibits. He was very informative and all 10 of us enjoyed it well worth the visit. Thanks.
Written June 7, 2018
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Ferretreg
Norwich, UK28 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
The museum comprises a few buildings some of which date to WW1.
The main museum provides information about life on the German side of the line and about the impact of occupation on the population.
The centre piece is the scale model of Lange Max, the large gun located nearby and whose site can be visited although we did not due to lack of time and the weather was not good.
Tours of the museum are facilities by a audio system you can activate near multiple locations in the museum.
Slightly smaller than we expected but worth a visit. We stopped off on our way back from Flanders to the ferry at Dunkirk.
Written November 14, 2017
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Shirley L
Middlesbrough, UK20 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Shows a great deal of information from the German side. Didn't have long to visit but will definitely return and spend more time there.
Written July 9, 2017
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Alison C
Chesterfield, UK17 contributions
Feb 2017
We were looking for new museums is the area as we have visited many times before and found this little gem. The museum is very informative and with the headphones and info in english it is a most interesting experience. The staff were so helpful and one of them took us into the field to see the remains of the big gun site, not really open till drier weather but he very kindly took us and what a surprise it was - massive - we learnt so much and would recommend a visit
Written February 23, 2017
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Rita Z
Koekelare, Belgium1 contribution
Oct 2015 • Friends
Visit with friends to the museum on a Saturday. As Filipina didn't knew so much about the Great War. I was very much impressed by the story they present about the way Belgian people had to live together with the German Soldiers who occupied their small village. And also about that terrible gun the Germans made in that place to destroy their enemies. Very good work of the founders of museum.
Rita
Written October 23, 2015
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Koenraad d
7 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Superb museum. Because its approach is different it´s different from the other museums. Definitely worth a detour.
Written August 29, 2015
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5TomS5
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom7 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
This museum comes highly recommended! We’ve visited Ypres and all the British front museums and attractions but Lange Max provides a great perspective of the German front and life in Belgium whilst occupied by Germany in WW1. Would recommend the audio guide. The facts and narrative about Lange Max are fascinating. For anyone interested in WW1 history - Visit!
Written July 3, 2018
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Coen O
4 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Excellent, the only museum here that gives information over the Germans during great war! Nice guide. Passionate
Written October 13, 2017
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Lange Max Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM