Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 keeps the memory alive of the Battle of Passchendaele, where half a million victims fell just for 8 km gain of ground. The museum is housed in the historic castle of Zonnebeke and focuses on the physical aspects of World War I. Attention is paid to uniforms, battlefield archeology and artillery. The renovated museum consists of five different parts. On the first floor you will get a comprehensive overview of the First World War in the region from 1914 to 1918 based on a unique collection of historical objects, lifelike dioramas, photo and film material. In the unique dugout experience you will discover communication and dressing posts, headquarters and sleeping-accommodation. The third part covers the museum extension with an underground building on the Battle of Passchendaele. This part deals with the international dimension of the war by focusing on the contribution of the different nations during this battle. Next to the Dugout Experience, visitors can also visit the Trench Experience, where a network of German and British trenches with original shelters was reconstructed. The fifth part, the Hall of Reflection, focuses on the commemoration and remembrance of the many victims, who struggled and suffered here.
Berten Pilstraat 5/A
T+32 51 77 04 41
The museum is easily accessible, but requires a little extra effort. You can reach the entrance hall and the different floors of the museum via the lift at the entrance. The lift in the annexe will also take you to the different floors. Although both lifts are rather small, they can be used by most wheelchair users. Here and there throughout the museum you will come across narrow corridors and steps where you may need some help. You can visit the dugouts on -1 in your wheelchair, even though the entrance is a little narrow. The adjoining rooms are only accessible via stairs, but wheelchair users can look into the rooms from outside. Wheelchair users have excellent views of the trenches (these are not accessible to them, however) from the viewing point. You may need some help on the cobblestone and limestone paths as well as when opening the heavy gates outside.
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