Museum Hill 62 - Zillebeke - Belgium

Address: Canadalaan 26, Zillebeke (See map)
Telephone: +32 (0)57-466373
Website: not available

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: refreshments
Size of the museum/site: small
Year of visit: 2000

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Description: The Museum is situated on Hill 62 (62 standing for the height of the hill, as it is common practice to use the height as name on military maps), where, during WWI, fierce fighting took place between Canadians and Germans.

There are two reasons why the museum is worth a visit: Firstly, it is one of the few places where people can find real World War One trenches nowadays. Secondly, the museum houses a very large and unique collection of 3D-photos from the fighting and life at the front. On the other hand, there also are various reasons not to visit the museum: The trenches, photos and other stuff are half rotting away, the exhibition is arranged in no particular order at all, and the items haven't been cleaned since the end of the war. The owner should devote a little bit of his time to clean things up, so that visitors can actually see what is on display.

A characteristic view of a WWI trench: mud all around.

Cannon 'guarding' the museum.

Inside the museum you can view some rare 3D-like pictures from WWI.

View of the Hill 62 trenches.

Allied trenches on Hill 62.

Entrance to an underground shelter.