In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper (Ypres)

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Delve into the history of World War I and the fighting that took place in Belgium at In Flanders Fields Museum. Named for the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian soldier John McCrae, the museum aims to bring the human experience of war to the forefront. The museum is on the second floor of the Cloth Hall, a building that was fittingly destroyed during the war and has been reconstructed. When you arrive, you'll receive a poppy bracelet loaded with four personal stories to guide you through the museum and give a face to the war. Through these individual accounts of life during war, personal items such as diary passages and historical narrative, you'll have the opportunity to see the war as a human experience. Before you head to Ieper (Ypres), plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Ieper (Ypres) family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Ieper (Ypres) has to offer, including In Flanders Fields Museum.
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  • This was an absolutely amazing museum. Incredibly well-done with details and story-telling to captivate our entire family (two kids ages 10 and 12). We could have easily spent longer here. It is absol...  more »
  • Well worth the money you spend on a ticket. Plenty of visually stimulating and interactive displays to keep you interested. An electronic wrist band allows you to connect to different stories of peopl...  more »
  • This museum has so much to see and is excellent value for money. Climbing the bell tower is well worth the steps as it gives an incredible view over the battlefield landscape.  more »
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  • A very somber place, but very moving. The technology used in the museum is very interesting and gives everyone a slightly different experience, also assures that there is information in your own language. I think some of the items for sale in the gift shop were of somewhat poor taste including the cat face fridge magnets.
  • I thought the museum was fascinating and thought provoking. Paid the extra €2 to go to the bell tower, which was well worth the effort of the 230 odd steps to get up there. There is no lift so you have been warned. The view is great from there. If you time it right you can be in the bell tower when they chime.
  • Very cool museum! For a few euro extra you can go to the top of the belfry and see the incredible view. The food in the cafe was quite delicious!
  • This is one of the best museums we have ever been to. The history of WW I with focus on Flandern is very well presented. For my wife as a history teacher this was a great place. We spent 4 hours there to get through the content. For additional 2€ you can climb up the tower which gives you a beautiful view of there area of Ieper.
  • Visited two years ago on the advice of Rick Steves. I knew very little about WWI except that it was the 100th anniversary of the war. This museum uses technology in the very best ways to give the visitor an up close and personal experience. Quite breathtaking. Definitely worth your time to make a visit.

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Where to stay in Ieper (Ypres)

As a small town, Ieper provides most of its accommodations in the city center within walking distance from the central train station and the main tourist attractions. You'll find mostly mid-range hotels nestled in the historical center, which is contained by a ring of canals snaking their way around the city's core. With only a modest array of choices, the majority of places to stay are small mid-range hotels or bed and breakfasts.
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