Hooge Crater museum, Ieper (Ypres)

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Located near the Hooge Crater, Hooge Crater museum commemorates the battle that formed this artificial topography. First British troops blasted a German bastion with 1,700 kg (3,748 lbs) of dynamite, and then the Allied forces attacked the remaining German troops inside the crater. The chapel housing the museum was originally built to honor the battle's fallen soldiers, but later fell into disrepair. A family purchased the property and in 1993 restored the chapel as a privately managed museum. Browse the museum's collection including weaponry, mortar shells, rare uniforms, and supplies donated by individuals and families, as well as an archival film of soldiers at Hooge. An on-site cafe offers Flemish specialties; check out the collection of "trench art"--chiseled shell cases. Use our Ieper (Ypres) trip planner to visit Hooge Crater museum on your trip to Ieper (Ypres), and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Compact but very well presented which compared favourably to the In Flanders Fields Museum but on a much smaller scale. Lots of information with scenes set to assist absorb the conditions endured by b...  more »
  • Friendly staff excellent lunch, very interesting guided tour. This small museum is full of interesting memories.
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  • The venue is located a few kilometers by car from Ypres centre. The privately managed museum is not big but shows a lot of the madness of WW I. After the visit we had a good drink in the cafe which be...  more »
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  • Small but decent museum with information in four languages and lots of interesting items on display. Well worth its price.
  • Interesting museum with a lot of items and information available! A nice place to go back in history.
  • An amazing place. Loved the History, made me feel humble to all the people that lost their lives for my freedom.. Food and Beverage in the little Cafe were excellent. The Memorial across the road touches the heart.
  • An astonishing museum, and privately owned too. No interactive cartoon characters, just real objects from the surrounding area, and very clearly laid out. Totally recommended. I was so impressed, when I left I donated an amount equal to my entrance fee.
  • Good museum in an old church. Probably needs an update and could do with more about the actual crater.
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