Bastogne War Museum, Bastogne

(4.6/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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. Take a look at our Bastogne itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Bastogne War Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A very nice tour for any public, everyone can find his account and document according to its interests. Beautiful lively scenography and numerous interviews with witnesses of the time. However, emphasis could be put on even Bastogne and the battle of the bulge. Audio-free guides, fun course lovely and moving. Allow 2-4 hours of visit. The entry price is justified and there are discounts. Nice shop at the end of the visit.
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  • I am interested especially in the 40-45 war and this museum is in line with the french museums dedicated to the Normandy landings. A radical transformation for those who knew the old design. Superb! Congratulations!
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  • The Bastogne War Museum (new formula) has clearly reached the most current standards of museography. The collections are presented in a fun and modern way in a light and airy space. However, it seems to me that reserved share stricto sensu in the battle of the bulge and the battle of Bastogne is too little developed at the expense of analysis and socio-historical presentations of the in-between and the after war (s). Perfect for school or family, a little "light" for adults, especially if they have already attended other military museums.
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  • A great museum, well planned and thought out. The narrative style of the presentation is distinctively American, but the content is quite rich. Life-size animation and great exposition make this museum a great educational stop for families and history enthusiasts alike. The section regarding belgian resistance and collaborators in extremely interesting.
  • While visiting the area, it was recommended to pay this museum a visit. Sure thing, I like to learn about world war things. The museum is really nicely decorated, plenty of material to read and listen to and there are some interactive computers to test your knowledge. But you are almost forced to wear a pair of (uncomfortable) headphones. These have a sensor built in to scan a certain area you're passing through and play a sound file. You'd think this would be a great thing because you can enjoy the pictures whilst listening to a narrator explaining stuff to you, well, wrong. There are 4 different voices to listen to; A young boy, a woman, an American soldier and a German soldier. While you are trying to read or watch a movie that's playing, they constantly nag you in the most boring way. It sounds like they just picked up random people from a street and let them read a script. I took my headphones off because I couldn't even read the text on the walls anymore, they also repeat themselves over and over if you don't leave the area. It's even more annoying when the American soldier, in dutch, sounded like he first started learning Dutch a week ago, it even made me angry at some point. Great museum if you read and watch, but please don't use the headphones, it's a complete waste of time and effort.
  • One of the best and most well-organized museums I have encountered. When I first received the audio kit I was a bit reserved, but it worked excellent with the English audio. Besides the audio-kit, all displays and material are translated to english, french and dutch. The path around the museum takes you from the post-1st WW effects that fueled the 2nd WW, and the audio trails provides additional insights and background information, that links to the chronically and beautiful displays. During several cinematic galleries, the use of high quality 3D and purpose-built scenes with narrated videos, further adds a naturally and well-designed experience to the static displays. I highly recommend this museum, and this great infotainment experience should appeal to everyone across all ages and interests.
  • The BEST (war-related) museum I have ever visited. Audio guide works flawlessly. In between movies (one 3D) are great. Might be a little heavy for the kids, but for sure a visit they remember.
  • The "Bulge" was fought in December 1944! Against all odds the men of the 101st Airborne 506th E Company maintained position that eventually broke the back of Hitlers war monster! In April 2016, I stood in awe at this site and was never more thankful to be an American! Thanks to all WWII vets in giving me the choice to speak German!