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Hooge Crater museum

Open Now: 10:00 - 18:00
Open today: 10:00 - 18:00
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Excellent Value

Closed on Monday,s. This is the best privately owned museum in the region, if you want value for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Michael K
Billingham, United Kingdom
Sad, thought provoking visit

As part of the battlefield tours, this has got to be visited. Trenches still in place, empty shells... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom
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“across the road”(57 reviews)
“cafe attached”(10 reviews)
“menin road”(25 reviews)
Full scale reconstructions of war scenes, an extended collection of weapons, war equipment and photos make this museum to a true must-see!The chapel, in which the museum is located, dates back from the early twenties. This chapel was built directly...more
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Meenseweg 467, Ieper (Ypres) 8902, Belgium
+32 57 46 84 46
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 2 November 2012

Just back from a recent visit to Ypres and surrounding district, visited other museums but this one was far and away the best and well laid out of the bunch with the recreation scenes very good and lifelike. The collection of artefacts and weapons are...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Very disappointing to turn up here, after checking on the website before hand, to find it was closed. Even know the advertised hours on the board outside and online states it should be open. Very frustrating for me and the 20 cadets we were planning...More

2  Thank Grant D
Niek B, Owner at Hooge Crater museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Dear Grant D, Thank you for your review and interest in our museum. Every year, and that already for 24 years, we are on annual leave in January, like all other WW1 museums in Ypres. If you check our website, below you will see the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Closed on Monday,s. This is the best privately owned museum in the region, if you want value for money buy the entry ticket with lunch, cost €11.50 for both. Lunch is a sandwich with a small beer, soft drink or coffee/tea

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 4 days ago

As part of the battlefield tours, this has got to be visited. Trenches still in place, empty shells left in situ 100 years on, debris and items from the era all still there. A very sad poignant place to visit

Thank ayresomelad
Reviewed 5 days ago

Real spoils of war adorn this museum, the Hooke Crater just next door, looked so innocent as it had been transformed by nature. A must see if visiting the area.

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 1 week ago

A few metere from our hotel. Well worth seeing. Very moving to go down some original trenches and to see the debris still left after the conflict.

Thank David C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst on our Battlefield tour, we spent some time here. There is so much to take in and our guide gave us so much information which made us understand everything so much clearer than before. The vastness of what happened is brought to life when...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to see artefacts from all sides alongside each other. Some of the models seem archaic at first but interesting to see different uniforms. Good cafe, clean toilets and some parking.

Thank SarahJade90
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the death and destruction of the War, has arisen an oasis of friendliness, good food and drink and a Museum showing a fantastic collection of artefacts. The trenches at the back are not to be missed, they are excellent reconstructions. Across the road is...More

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Niek B, Eigenaar at Hooge Crater museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear, Many thanks for your nice words, and for your visit! Kind regards, Niek Benoot (owner Hooge Crater museum)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I cannot imagine the noise and horrow this must have been for the men of both sides when the underground explosives went off that led to the creation of this crater. A good museum and a must visit site for anyone interested in the Battlefields...More

Thank wannabeaussie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic museum, that needs to be visited to understand the misery, desperation, toil, gains, loses and hardship that everyone endured during WW1 in the area of Hooge. Some of the best diaramas I have ever seen, thousands of artifacts and explanatory notes...More

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Niek B, Eigenaar at Hooge Crater museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your visit, and the nice words! Always welcome! Many regards, Niek Benoot (owner)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you call as you come down to Ypres along the Menin Road, you will be able to park on your side of the road, please be aware of the cycle path running alongside. We had lunch here, very nice, not excessively pricey. Look at...More

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Response from boz61949 | Reviewed this property |
the museum and trench area are close together. The museum is definitely worth a visit. I'd allow an 1-2 hours total depending on the level of subject matter interest you have. I can't imagine many 7 year olds enjoying the... More
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Response from paulsR8909MH | Reviewed this property |
An excellent resource is Major and Mrs.Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide) by Tonie Holt ( 1997 ) Paperback It can be a bit tricky finding what is on the map but this is an... More