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“Teach your kids about the First World War!”

In Flanders Fields Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Ypres region was the backdrop to on of the bloodiest battles in history, 100 years ago. Now the last witness have died too, the In Flanders Fields Museum is more than ever the gateway to the First World War in Flanders. The In Flanders Fields Museum confronts the visitor with the consequences of the Great War. Old and young are faced with life and death in the Ypres front region. The exhibition with touching video projects, unique sound fragments and the most up-to-date multimedia applications immerse you in the life at the front. each visitor also receives a poppy bracelet that enables him/her to discover four personal stories of 'Joe Public' in the Great War. By logging in you can meet your peers in the war, a century ago.
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Teach your kids about the First World War!”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is a really good museum in a beautiful building. They try to be even-handed, and succeed a little too well as the Germans don't get blamed enough for starting the war. That said, it has interesting exhibits that portray how hellish war is. Take the family to remind everyone about the devastating effects of battle. Could use a little less creepy background music. Well done.

Visited August 2013
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“Modern and interactive”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We spent over two hours going round the museum, including going up the bell tower to see the view and the Menin Gate. The information is well presented, with a mixture of interactive displays, archive material and personal stories presented as videos.
Even though it was the school holidays the museum was not crowded and we could walk round at our own pace.

Visited August 2013
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Simply awful”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

A messy hi-tech conglomeration of indistinct and unrelated stations that do nothing to evoke the horror that was WW1. Visit the many private museums in the Ypres area that although may seem dated, convey the real essence of the war.

Visited August 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Truly Excellent”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is perhaps one of the best museums I have visited in a very long time. As a family of five I liked the innovative pricing structure - up to the age of 25 is just 1€ for the entrance fee. The wrist band containing the electronic chip costs extra and is payable at the beginning but refundable at the end. Suffice to say, we all kept ours.

Once your personal details are logged in to the system you scan your chip over the interactive displays and it cleverly personalises the information. So, having provided my age , country ( and county - Yorkshire) of origin, much of the information I was provided was relevant to me. Very clever.

The video sequences kept our attention, and importantly that of our children for some time. The harrowing tales of, say, the use of early chemical warfare, were tastefully done, and the use of dual video when dealing with the tale of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was incredibly moving.

Visited August 2013
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“Great interactive museum”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

It is great to see a museum that is presenting its information in an interactive and technological environment in keeping with the 21st century. This museum keep our children interested long enough for us to have a thorough look through ourselves. We loved the bracelets you get given and the information that you can unlock with them, and by registering we were able to get information on some of the people who lived in the area during the war and their experiences which the children have taken to school with them on our return. Our children loved the videoed actors story about the Christmas truce. Our only disappointment was the lack of information on the Australian soldiers who fought so hard to protect and defend this area. What a shame to lump them into the "British Empire" soldiers. We were independent of England by the First World War and few European war museums have recognised this fact.

Visited July 2013
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