In Flanders Fields Museum - Ieper - Belgium

Address: Grote Markt 34, Ieper (See map)
Telephone: +32 (0)57-228584

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: medium
Year of visit: 2000

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Description: Housed in the rebuilt Lakenhalle, which was destroyed completely during World War I, the In Flanders Fields Museum tries to portray everyday-life in the trenches as thousands of soldiers experienced it during 1914-1918. The museum is well organised and offers extensive background information on all aspects of the war, partly in an interactive manner (using computer stands). The weakness of the museum lies in the very small number of real war-related items on display. The museum shop, however, offers a broad range of products, including books, posters, playing cards and scale-models.

Interesting detail is that every visitor gets a card with the name of a soldier on it. At various points in the museum, the card can be inserted in computers, which show the life-story and ultimate fate of the soldier in question.

The magnificent Lakenhalle in which the "In Flanders Fields" museum is housed, at the centre of Ieper.

First World War armies relied heavily on horses. Here a horse is seen carrying shells for a cannon.

Overview of the central hall of the museum.

Soldiers of different countries. In the background Ieper is burning.

Big documentation-panels informing the visitors about life in the trenches.