Bastogne War Museum, Bastogne

4.5
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Gain a better understanding of World War II in Belgium at Bastogne War Museum, where artifacts are laid out like artwork in large galleries. A modern building houses the remnants of battles, such as weapons and uniforms, as well as photos and documents. Other displays recreate areas where battles, press conferences, speeches, and even espionage took place. These theatrical spaces include lighting and sound, helping to immerse you in the history. Multimedia film and mixed audio that reconstructs that sounds of war bring the stories to life. The attraction is next to the Mardasson Memorial, so consider stopping there as part of your tour of the area. Buy tickets when you arrive and take your time with each exhibit; the musuem is rarely crowded. A visit to Bastogne War Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bastogne vacation maker app to plot your vacation.
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  • After viewing the memorial we entered the museum. What an experience. This is how all museums should be. No expense has been spared. Headphones are provided, I did not want to wear them as I have had ...  more »
  • Beautiful modern museum about the Ww2 history in General and, of course, from the region of Bastogne. Beautiful of intent and a free audio tour in Dutch. Good education approached from four characters. ' Nice ' done. Takes about 2.5 hours. Fine toilet and catering available. Beautiful American monument! Recommended!
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  • In all I spent around five hours in the museum; looking at exhibits,reading the displays, using the additional touch screens and watching the films. A good introduction of political climate from 1914 ...  more »
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  • Amazing museum that caters to a wide audience. Excellent use of headsets to help guide you around the museum, and they are available in several languages. Love the 4 'voices' that take you round the museum. I won't give away any spoilers, but I will say that at the end of the tour I had a tear in my eye! Excellent shop with a wide range of gifts. I think €14 per adult is a very reasonable price for the experience you have. Would highly recommend.
  • Excellent museum with a very good selection of artifacts and displays. The museum tells the story of the Battle of the Bulge from the perspective of 4 participants: - an American soldier - a German soldier - a young Belgian school teacher - a 13 year old Belgian boy Some of the presentations were VERY well done and worth the visit. Many have a combination of film, audio, lighting, and sometimes moving objects or backgrounds that tell the story in an entertaining way. There's also a nice gift shop and a cafeteria with decent food and a nice beer selection. (Love that Belgian beer!) The whole family enjoyed it, especially the kids. Beautiful location and setting just outside town.
  • Great museum! Gives a broad timeline of WW2 to include the Pacific Theater, and then focuses on the Bastogne area of fighting and the importance of it in the scope of the entire war. €14 and they have a walking headset that gives you perspectives from various perspective of the time. Good use of video technology to present a great storyline. Also, you can rent a bike in town and they have a biking tour map at the Bastogne War Museum Definitely a must see, and they give you pamphlet for discounts in town along with the free parking in town that your ticket to the museum gets you.
  • Both the museum and the memorial were excellent. I especially enjoyed the narrative through lines of the characters, which helped give context and texture to the history. I also really appreciated the coverage of collaboration and response in the Belgian historical analysis. Staff were courteous and helpful when I lost some personal effects. A great experience.
  • I suggest you take the audio tour and take your time there is a lot to take in in the museum first. It is narrated and presented very well and in an easy to follow format. Information is everywhere. I was lucky to visit on the anniversary and that led to some nice conversations in town with other vets and WW2 buffs. Surrounded by memories of the ones who gave all it is a real glimpse in to the hell that is war, but the far worse option that could of been.
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