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. Plan to visit Hooge Crater museum during your Ieper (Ypres) vacation using our convenient Ieper (Ypres) trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is not far from Sanctuary Wood and complimented the visit showing more of what our men endured. There is also a nice restaurant nearby offering a very nice meal  more »
  • Super museum... very cheap entrance fee and jammed packed with items from the war. For the price it's worth a visit. The video outside is excellent too with lots of detail... this is free  more »
  • This is a very interesting museum full of collected items from ww1 specifically relating to the Hooge area. We went for the €11:50 deal that gave lunch as well (very good value). I would advise a walk...  more »
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  • Perfect deal. For 11€ you get the museum+soft drink+huge sandwich. The museum is old school (no computer crap) filled to the throat with relics from WW1. In addiyion, the place is filled with private collection level rare exhibits that I have never seen in quality or quantity in any WW1 war museum this far.
  • This museum was full to the brim with items from the Flanders mud - it made for a very moving visit. I'd recommend getting the sandwich/drink/museum entrance deal as it represents great value.
  • A visit to this Museum and Cafe is a must to anyone visiting the Ypres Salient. Our Regimental Association trips to the salient are never complete without a visit here. The lunch, best to pre book for groups, is excellent value for money. Well done Niek Peter White QOB Association.
  • Excellent little museum, very well laid out. the little restaurant attached to Museum was very friendly and seemed to be excellent value for money.
  • I went to the Hooge Crater museum in 2012 because in Flanders Fields Museum was closed for refurbishmnet,it was well worth the trip,the museum was fascinating and the food in the cafe was very good,I had the best ham sandwich I've ever had anywhere.highly recommended