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Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Zonnebeke and Passendale are two little villages, at a stone’s throw from Ypres. During the British attack of 1917, there were 500.000 casulaties in 100 days for a gain territory of only 5 miles. Passchendaele became an international symbol of senseless military violence in its most cruel form. In the Memorial Museum the memory of the battle is kept alive through images and movies, a large collection of historical artefacts and several life-like-diorama’s. Eye-cathcher is an underground dugout tunnel with communication- and dressing post, headquarters, workplaces and dormitories.

A breathtaking experience of how the British had to live underground like moles… just because there was nothing left above. The museum is set up in the historical castle of Zonnebeke, on the road to Tyne Cot Cemetery. Tyne Cot is the biggest military cemetery of the Commonwealth with 12.000 graves and an impressive Missing Memorial. You can also pay a visit to a recently discovered underground dressing post, the German trenches in Bayernwald and strategic points like the Menin Road, ‘s Graventafel and Polygon Wood with a professional guide. The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is an ideal starting point for a visit to the old battlefields, an absolute must for tourists ands specialists.

Opening hours

Open from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 18:00. Last admission at 16:30.

A museum visit lasts approximately two hours.

We are closed annually from 16 December to 31 January.

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