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“Museum that educates”

Hooge Crater museum
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Owner description: 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 across the Hooge Crater cemetery in memory of the many fallen soldiers on the battle fields of ‘Hooge’ over a period of 4 years. Rare military clothing of the troops, that where fighting in the ‘Ypres Salient’ (Ieperboog) are exposed in glass displays. Also you can see some full scale scenes of the Great War battle fields, very authentically reproduced. The theme of the scenes is very divers: German bunkers, British trenches and full scale horses with cavalry troops on their backs.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

If you visit Ypres and are new to battlefield visits, I would strongly advise to start at this location. The museum's location on the Menin Road at Hooge 4 km east of Ieper,is idealy situated to gain an understanding of the conflict and the aftermath. There is plenty to see in the small museum, with the photographs and maps in particular giving a feel for what it was like nearly 100 years ago. From outside you can look back down the slope towards the spires of Ypres to get an understanding of the German;s viewpoint and how they had a major advantage of the high ground. Next door about 100 metres up the slope is the Kasteel t'hof Hotel and tea room. Enter the driveway and bear left. There is a gate with an honesty box 1euro enry. This leads to the local jewel, a series of water filled craters, blockhouses, ammunition and trench systems which you can explore. Back to the Museum cafe for coffee/lunch etc, then cross the road to the aptly named Hooge Crater Cemetery, which contains 5923 burials, 3579 which are unknown.This is a very photogenic cemetery especially from the bottom or at sunrise/sunset. The extras above help make the Museum an ideal location. Be careful though crossing the road, the cars heading towards Ieper really do come over the ridge very fast at times.

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

This was a wonderful experience for me, an interested but not knowledgeable historian of the War. My husband, both very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable also rated it first class. Not to be missed. Go for a visit, come out, drink coffee or have lunch and go back in. A must see in this area.

Thank Marina L
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

There are several good reasons for visiting the Museum and the attached café. Also opposite is the Hooge Crater Cemetery which should also be visited. The Museum is first class and obviously put together by someone with a passion for his subject. Good value and although it is not a big museum you can spend a good hour there. It is also good value and better still if you take advantage of the "coffee/drink/ sandwich/ entrance" combination ticket.

Thank Rod958
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We enjoyed this museum, right next door to our hotel. There are lots of authentic items on display and you really get a sense of what everyday life was in the trenches. There is an informative video and even a snack bar. It isn't a huge collection, but you may want to read every entry. Amazing!

Thank jeaniemcrae
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is a family owned Museum. It has been set out in a very user friendly way and is most informative. Well worth visiting. There is a cafe and bar with a sun terrace, serving reasonably priced snacks and beverages. The local beer is also excellent.

Thank 50something54
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