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“Thought provoking and moving history of WW1”

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.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A well laid out museum, which uses lots of different ways to tell the story of the war in Flanders.

I found it really insightful to see material about the impact on the Belgian civilian population and how many became refugees in other countries until the war was over. Looking at the old photos of them walking down roads, suddenly displaced, with their homes destroyed, I felt very sorry for them and it made me feel of those it is happening to today, in Syria and other places.

The stories of the soldiers and the brutality and carnage of this war was explained, using first hand stories, poems and personal possessions. For me the poems are the most moving, crying out in pain across the centuries.

The commentary in the museum provokes thought about 19th century empires and nationalistic attitudes and the way this led to WW1 and to the exploitation of many peoples from across the world, who didn't really have a connection or need to be fighting this war, but who came and died.

This is an important museum, telling a piece of history that we should not forget and that we should learn from. It will work I think for those who are just learning about this period and for those who already know a lot.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cloth Hall in which this museum is based rose from the rubble of the Great War. Now it's state-of-the-art testimony to the sacrifice and horror of the troops and people. A must see.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is absolutely fantastic and well worth the money.
The displays are excellent and at times quite harrowing as the true atrocities of war are displayed. When visiting ensure that you give yourself enough time to be able to read the displays and watch the stories being told by all different people on small screens. For me hearing Silent Night in German, in the middle of June was haunting and watching the story of the four soldiers who stopped fighting for Christmas was heart wrenching. Entering the tall pyramid like structures, is not for children as there is actual photos of gassed bodies, murdered and tortured soldiers- not easy to forget to be honest, harrowing even!
An absolute must for an history fan.

1  Thank Louise C
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Obviously is going to reflect the horror of the war but the tall structures within contain quite distressing images of corpses, one naked and mutilated faces. These poor men. Not a sight I would want young children to see.

The wristband to activate reading material is a bit of a superfluous gimmick but I suppose with the volume of information presenting all in the same format may not be as engaging. Having information and translation next to each object in the cabinets would have been more useful. Many not labelled.

A dark and poignant museum with perhaps unnecessarily modern and convoluted ways of presenting information.

The Belfry is very high and a bit scary!

1  Thank Fitti85
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

This museum doesn't just provide you with the facts and figures of WWI, it shows you the faces behind the war. Yes the displays are well presented and the collection is extensive including weapons, uniforms and the provisions carried by soldiers but one of the most moving things for me was the, seemingly, endless list of names of people who died on the date of my visit. After this experience, you tend to look at the faces in the photographs differently and you hope that they survived. This museum honours and dignifies all involved in the war.

Thank Macro44
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