In Flanders Fields Museum

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35 Grote Markt, Ieper, Belgium

In Flanders Fields Museum Ieper Reviews

missandrea81 missandr…
147 reviews
Very informative museum; Reopened in 2012 Aug 05, 2012
The Flanders Fields Museum about the battles that took place in and around Ieper, Belgium is located at the Grote Markt in the Cloth Hall. It's the large building at the main square. You cannot miss it.

The tickets are sold along with a poppy flower bracelet which will allow you to access interactive screens throughout the exhibit on the top floor. The bracelets didn't work very well for us, but you can read all the information signs without them. We didn't bother to get them exchanged for working ones and we saw other people who managed to use theirs.

The museum is easily navigated because you can really only walk in one direction. A visit to the clock tower costs extra and the entrance for it is about half way through the exhibit.

The exhibits are well organized and are narrated in 4 languages: Belgium, English, French, and German. You'll find large displays, scale models of trenches and battle fields. There are cases filled with ammunition. Uniforms of soldiers from different countries along with all the gear which had to be carried.

Very impressive were the videos that were shown around the exhibits. Different perspectives from doctors, soldiers, preachers, civilians and what they had to endure in war times.

The museum is quite touching and the music running in the background (something similar to a soundtrack of HBO's Band of Brothers) gives it a very somber vibe.

Lots of information about the 5 battles that took place in Ieper and the reconstruction of the city after the war. There are many before and after pictures around the exhibit to show the destruction of the war.

I highly recommend this museum if you are interested in history or just want to learn about this really gorgeous city.
First exhibit
A soldier and his gear
Interactive battle field map
Another exhibit
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dqfn1 dqfn1
76 reviews
Intense but childfriendly May 29, 2009
This museum is all about World War 1, it shows what happend, during the period of 1914 and 1918, in and around Ypres.

The exhibition I've seen is interactive, at the time brand new and quite intens. You'll start with a name of a real person who was involved in the war. This can be a French soldier, a Belgian citizen or a Dutch Nurse, but there are severall more characters. At the start you won't know what happend with this person during the war, you'll find out while walking through the exhibition. Somewhere during the exhibition things will happen with ''your''.

Depending on the character you'll survive the war or not. Mine (a Dutch nurse) died somewhere in the middle of the war and thus in the middle of the exhibition.

Most of the exhibition is interactive, but there is a light show and of course static objects (objects with no interaction and they stand still).

An absolute must see when in the neighborhood of Ypres.
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seraphimkarlien seraphim…
93 reviews
a must-see if you're interested in WWI Sep 06, 2003
This museum is a must-see for anyone even remotely interested in the history of the first world war. The museum makes really good use of multimedia and looks at the war from all angles.

One thing that was really original is that at the entrance you get a card with a name on it, and at different points in the museum you learn a little bit more about that person. They're regular people, so you can really relate to them. I "was" a Dutch-Jewish nurse, one of the few Dutch people to die in WWI.

There's one room where you are put in the middle of a battlefield, in the dark, and then you see and hear things all around you - bombs exploding, soldiers moaning etc. It may sound a bit cheesy, but it's quite an intense experience. You can choose to bypass this room (if you're with children, for example), by the way.

There are displays in four different languages (Dutch, English, German, French), and it's definitely a plus if you can understand all of them, but one is enough.
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dqfn1 says:
I've been to In Flanders Fields, I totaly agree on everthing you've written. I don't remember which character I was... but it might have been the Dutch nurse... I do remember I was a woman.
This is the most intense museums I've ever been to.
Posted on: Sep 11, 2010
rostovcat says:
I definitely will go there if I get an opportunity.
Posted on: May 26, 2010

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