In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper (Ypres)

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. Using our online itinerary creator, Ieper (Ypres) attractions like In Flanders Fields Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We spent about 3.5 hours here - a lot to see and take in. When you first go in, scan your wristband and fill your name etc in. Then when you scan again where you see the symbol you'll get information ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Visited this museum in the centre of Ypres on a recent trip. It cost 9 euro with a 2 euro option for access to the tower section. If you visit Ypres this is a must as it is hugely informative. The mus...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Excellent museum in centre of Ypres. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours there! Lots to see & do & very interesting!  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    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!
  • June 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 12, 2017
    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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