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“A sorry experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Sanctuary Wood

Sanctuary Wood
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UK
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“A sorry experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Wonderful artefacts, very poorly presented and with no attempt to conserve them. A real shame that the owner has so much important material and so little idea of how to look after it.
The place is at the back of a gloomy, over-priced café and behind the museum, if it deserves the name, is a small area of 'preserved' trenches. They are the closest a lot of people will ever get to seeing the real thing, but should not be confused with being that.
One of the least satisfactory experiences to be seen anywhere in the Ypres Salient.

Visited September 2012
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Athlone, Ireland
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“History Preserved for Posterity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a private museum and facility and should not be judged by the standards of state museums. It was founded by the grand-father of the present owner and recreates in a very authentic fashion the reality of trench warfare. The museum is rather basic but has some wonderful (if disturbing) imagery and some very interesting artefacts. If you have choice you should visit 'In Flanders Fields Museum' first where the artefacts will be well displayed and described - you will then get even more out of a visit to Sanctuary Wood.
If you want to appreciate the concept of trench warfare this is a must - it deserves state funding to preserve it for posterity...but don't knock it - it has real educational value and great potential for further development.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Photographs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Loved the 3D photos which had very powerful imagery. The restored trenches were evocative and which were further supported by the bagpipes played by, I believe, the museum owner.

Visited April 2013
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Yateley, England, United Kingdom
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“Money making pit with no respect given to those who died”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

The trenches were fascinating and well preserved. The museum was run down and thrown together with no information regarding the artefacts there. The whole place could have done with a clean especially the toilets! The whole thing lacked respect to those who died there and just seemed a money making pit for the unhelpful and arrogant owners. The Belgium equivalent to the national trust or the War Graves Commision should buy them out and give this place the respect and restoration it so desperately needs.

Visited April 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Still worth a look!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

The sometimes grusome 3D pictures need a little care if accompanied by very young children, but there is nowhere else you can see the real horrors of war! If you are going outside to the trenches wear wellies or boots!

Visited April 2013
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