Hooge Crater museum, Ieper (Ypres)

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. Use our Ieper (Ypres) trip planner to visit Hooge Crater museum on your trip to Ieper (Ypres), and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Great stop for a small group of battlefield tourists. London Club travelled to visit Ypres Salient stopped for lunch and received great service from Niek, Ilse and their team. Highly recommended to co...  more »
  • Lots to see if you are interested in memorabilia of WW1. Also need to visit the cemetery across the other side of the road, couldn’t believe that some of these graves hold 2; 3; 4; 5 and 6 soldiers......  more »
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  • There’s something very pure and simple about this place – it presents a snapshot of World War I history in a very raw and basic way, without fuss, but it’s still hard hitting. You’ll come away with an insight into life on the frontline as well as the futility of the conflict as both sides fought devastating battles over mere metres of advance. Remember to take some coins with you – the entry fee is a few euros each in the honesty box as you go in.
  • Nice cafe for coffee etc and the museum attached. Very interesting. Liked the gesture of a packet of poppy seeds each.
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