Flanders Field Museum, Ieper

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    Musée "In Flanders Fields".

    by breughel Updated Mar 13, 2013

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    Museum is on the first floor.
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    This long tip was written in French (because there are many visitors from France) and separately in English at a time where VT limited the number of characters.

    Ce musée situé depuis 1998 dans la magnifique Halle aux Draps d'Ypres est consacré aux victimes de la première guerre mondiale.
    D'abord la ville de Ypres dont aucun édifice ne dépassait le mètre à la fin de la guerre à l'exception du beffroi dont ci-joint une photo d'époque. Ensuite les habitants d'Ypres qui à partir de mai 1915 durent abandonner leur ville totalement rasée pour n'y retourner qu'en 1919 pour la reconstruire en habitant provisoirement dans des baraques en bois.
    La reconstruction de la halle aux draps ne fut terminée qu'en 1965.
    Puis les soldats dont près de 500 mille moururent dans les batailles du saillant d'Ypres.

    Le musée est surtout basé sur des évocations audiovisuelles remarquablement bien faites avec des kiosques interactifs qui permettent aux visiteurs d'approfondir certains thèmes.
    Le musée est donc surtout axé sur le côté humain plus exactement inhumain de la guerre, pour utiliser le terme juste l'effroyable boucherie que fût la guerre de 1914-1918.

    Le côté technique d'armement est moins développé et ici un musée comme le Musée de l'Armée au Cinquantenaire à Bruxelles complète celui d'Ypres.
    Notons parmi les horreurs techniques de cette guerre que c'est à Ypres que fût utilisé pour la première fois en avril 1915 le chlore comme gaz de combat, en juillet de cette même année furent utilisés les premiers lance flammes et en juillet 1917 le gaz moutarde appelé Ypérite.

    Impossible de ne pas sortir ému de ce musée.

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    Feel and smell the atmosphere of the Great War

    by Martinewezel Written Jan 30, 2005

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    This museum is really a must when you intend to explore the region of WWI.

    When paying the entrance fee, you get a “ID” card of a person who had to go through this war. Along your visit you can put this card into one of the computers in the museum and follow this person and his experiences during the war.

    There is more to see and to do (the museum is interactive) than I can describe, but one hall impressed me very much: it’s a place where you can feel the battle at the front and in the trenches.
    A dark room with a mist of smoke making your nose and your eyes sting, sounds of bombing and gunshots followed by shouts and moans. A macabre sound and light show…

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    In Flanders Field Museum

    by Dabs Updated Sep 27, 2006

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    In Flanders Field Museum-Cloth Hall

    The In Flanders Field museum was the main reason we visited Ypres (Ieper), the name comes from the poem written by Canadian medical officer John McCrae. Before visiting here I had heard the name Ypres but didn't really know why I knew the name I suspect that it's because WWI wasn't really an American war, the US declared war in December 1917, more than 3 years after WWI had started and Belgium was not a place that I knew of as a major WWI battleground.

    For me it was a very interesting and moving visit, hearing the stories of ordinary people involved in the conflict, some of whom thought going to war would be fun but had no idea what they were fighting for, and understanding how the lack of today's technology contributed to the enormous loss of life, many died simply because they couldn't transport them to medical facilities.

    Ypres is an appropriate city for this museum, it was the sight of fighting for 4 long years with an estimated 1/2 million casualties and the Cloth Hall is also a fitting place to house the museum as it sustained heavy damage during the war.

    The museum is located in the Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) in the main square. The cost was $7.50E but we still had our discount hotel card from Brugge and paid 6E.

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    Incredible Experience...In Flanders Fields Museum.

    by Greggor58 Written Apr 25, 2009

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    There is a pile of information here at VT about this museum....I wont duplicate the information but I would certainly recommend that you budget time for this MUST SEE EXPERIENCE...the presentation of the Media exhibitions are stupendous and the impact of visiting this Museum is huge!

    Ive seen or read somewhere...." see it...smell it'...in fact its true...the musty smell of ages seems to permeate some of the artifacts and the collection as a whole...

    If you've not read others interpretations about this museum Ill tell you one interesting feature...as you enter just about where you pay for entrance there is an automated machine that will spit out a paper with a bar code and the name of a person that really lived and possibly died here in Ieper before and or during the war...throughout the museum there are locations where you insert the paper and it will open a screen with real life details of the person's experience here during the conflict. The person that I received was named Jacobus Arnoldus Winters...The following is a little about him....

    "On October 3, 1910 he was summoned to his military service. He was assigned to the 11th Line Regiment and did his military service Beverlo. March 14, 1912 he waved after 18 months service, is reduced. But not for long, because 2-12 June 1912 he was called back for 10 days. In 1913 he was recalled for the big maneuver. Then followed a call by 2-12 June 1914. On July 29, 1914 he was called to Liege for the Great War"

    DONT MISS this museum if you are able to spend time in Ieper....

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    Deep emotions.

    by breughel Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    The museum is located in the rebuilt Lakenhalle - Cloth Hall of Ieper (Ypres) and was opened in 1998. Renovation works in 2011 - 2012 have increased the surface by 50%. "In Flanders Fields museum" tells the story of WW I in and around Ypres from the standpoint of people who experienced the war themselves, the victims.

    First victim the town of Ieper which was literally flattened. There was no building higher than one meter left except the Belfry. Second victims were the inhabitants who had been forced to evacuate in May 1915. From then on nobody lived in the ghost town of Ieper. The first inhabitants returned only in 1919 to rebuild their town and lived in wooden emergency houses.
    Then there were the soldiers of which 500 thousand died in the battles of the "salient of Ypres".

    The "In Flanders Fields" museum is especially based on interactive audiovisual evocations about the life at the front, the battles, trenches, no-man's land, weapons, medical care, fatigue, rest and entertainment behind the front. Pictures, light and sound effects provide a rejuvenated form which explains the success of the museum with annually 200 thousand visitors.

    No doubt that this war museum is centred on the human side, I should say inhuman side of WW I which was an ignominious butchery.

    The technical aspects, weapons, equipment of WW I are less developed in this museum than in the Army Museum at the Brussels Cinquantenaire or at the British Imperial War Museum in London for example.
    Among the technical horrors of WW I, it was at Ypres that chlorine gas was used for the first time as well as flamethrowers in 1915. In July 1917 the almost odourless mustard gas, called Yperite since then, was used here.
    It is impossible to leave this museum without feeling deep emotion.

    Open: 1/04 - 15/11 Every day 10 - 18 h. Last admission one hour before closing time.
    16/11 - 31/03 Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 17 h. Closed on Monday.
    Price: 8 €; groups > 20 p.;7 - 25 yr 1 €; 7 yr free.
    New: visit of the beffroi: 2 €

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    Back to World War I

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Feb 20, 2011

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    Flanders Fields Museum entrance - Ieper

    Visiting the Flanders Fields museum first brings you to the rebuild Lakenhal, the biggest building at Ieper dominating the Market square.
    On the first floor you are introduced to overwhelming war impressions.

    The Museum is named after a poem by Canadian military doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 1872-1918:

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.
    We are the dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.
    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    Opening times:
    April-Mid November: Weekly 10AM-6PM
    Mid November-March: Tu-Su 10AM-5PM

    Entrance price: Euro 8.00

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    In Flanders Fields Museum

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In Flanders Field museum is in the

    Since the seventies there has been a small museum that told the story about the Ieper Saillant and the tragedy that took place in these Flanders Fields. It grew out above the average war museum (most collections of certain war memorabilias) as it makes you experience the drama at the hand of documentairy films, texts, maquettes, historical things but especially at the hand of diorama's showing happenings of the people that lived in this hell on earth. The soldiers, the nurses and doktors, the locals and of various nationalities. The 14-18-generation is dying, but this museum keeps the message (warning) alive. The clear statement that the museum hands over to us: war settles nothing and war only knows loosers.

    Open:
    from 1-4 until 30-9 every day from 10:00 'til 18:00 hours
    from 1-10 until 31-3 (except from X-mas until mid Januari) every day from 10:00 'til 17:00 hours - closed on Mondays

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    In Flanders Field Museum

    by nhcram Updated Feb 17, 2008

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    This museum is an excellent place with sound effects and audiovisual prompts.
    It offers a fantstic insight to the part played by Ieper and explains the run up to the the first world war and the devestation of the war and the the post war period.
    The 8 Euro entrance fee also includes entrance to the other museums in the city.

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    The museum as collective memory

    by Luchonda Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    The "In Flanders Fields Museum " wants to confront its visitors. With the past, as well as with the present, with the story of one particular war in a particular place - "de Westhoek of Belgium" but also with the universal theme of the war that rages almost everywhere in this small world. Beiroet... Vietnam...Dublin...Dresden...Hiroshima...Leningrad...Bastogne...
    Sarajewo... Warsaw .. and go on

    De Westhoek remembers the dead of the great war in so many cemeteries and monuments that we tend to forget those who survived and had to live on with the physical and mental scars. Pay homage to the survivors aswell.

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    Flanders Field museum

    by Luchonda Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    Memorials in Ieper
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    Why i made this report : Ypres and the Flanders Field Museum is a war museum with a message of peace - i hope it will remember the future.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.
    John Mc Crae - May 1915 - a Canadian soldier who wrote this poem
    BTW -i pictured this pictures in the museum !

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    A century ago - Battles of the Yzer and Ieper.

    by breughel Updated Feb 10, 2014

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    I much recommend the special exhibition from 04.10.2014 till 04.01.2015 at the Cloth Hall, Royal Chamber:

    "The Battle of the IJzer and the First Battle of Ieper / Antony d’Ypres"

    Text from the IN FLANDERS FIELDS MUSEUM:
    "After two and a half months of waiting, the First World War finally arrives in the Westhoek.(Mid October 1914) Within a matter of days, the fighting breaks out along the River Ijzer and to the east of Ieper. From a strategic point of view, the Battle of the IJzer and the First Battle of Ieper are the most important of all the battles fought on Belgian territory. This last phase in the war of movement will determine the trench lines of the Western Front for the remainder of the conflict. The successful resistance put up by the Belgian, French and British armies stops the German advance once and for all. This means that a last small corner of the Kingdom of Belgium is spared from conquest - too small to organize any normal form of public life, but large enough to stay in the war and exert international influence. It also means that the Belgian Army, protected by the flooding of the IJzer plain, has the chance to recover and reorganize, so that it can carry on its stubborn defence. Both the German attackers and the Allied defenders suffer huge losses. In the Allied camp, the heaviest losses are not suffered by the Belgians or the British, but by the French - a fact that is now almost completely overlooked in the history of the war. By the end of the First Battle of Ieper, the British Expeditionary Force has been as good as destroyed. By Christmas 1914, the British have just 30,000 troops left in the field, all that now remains from the professional army of 100,000 men that started the war. The rest are either dead or wounded. As a result, Ieper - or 'Ypres' - the place where the B.E.F. fought its last battle, becomes a symbol of terrible loss and bitter resistance. And so it will remain throughout the war."

    Maurice and Robert Antony were Ieper photographers who recorded the annihilation of the historic city buildings. A number of their unforgettable images will be on show.

    Presently (21.01.2014 - 25.05.2014) there is another interesting exhibition:
    From tradition to protection, part 2: headdress and helmets in the Belgian Army.

    Photos from Wikipedia.

    PRICES :
    Adults € 9,00; youths 7 - 18yr € 4,00 ; youths 18 - 25yr € 5,00

    OPENING HOURS:
    April till 15 November daily from 10 am to 6 pm
    16 November - 31 March, from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm*
    Ticket sale stops 1 hour before closing.

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    To begin to understand, just a little.......

    by leics Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    This is a brilliantly executed museum, entirely unmissable and intensely moving.

    Even if you have no personal link with the First World War, or with the men who died in it, you will learn ...and begin to understand....so much.

    There are no 'dry' glass cases here. No concern with pomp and ceremony. No 'glitz and glamour' of war.

    Just what it was really like for the men who fought, suffered and died in the mud..

    If nothing else, this museum serves to fully undermine the 'old lie' : dulce et decorum est pro patria more'. 'It is sweet and right to die for your country.' It may be thought 'right', but it can never be 'sweet'.

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    In Flanders Fields Museum

    by filipdebont Updated Jun 11, 2007

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    I must admit that I had never visited this In Flanders fields Museum before, but maybe that is a bit the disadvantage of living nearby, that one forgets to visit the museums, and other touristy places nearby.

    But this VT-meeting (April 24th) was a great opportunity to finally visit this museum.

    The In Flanders Fields Museum tells you the story of the Great War, but not only, there are also the small facts beside the war, the live of the locals, and the story of how a war disturbed the daily life

    There are a lot of goods from the war like ammunition, weapons, infirmary stuff,

    There are lots of touch screens which provide information of this Great War, but also on the life of the soldiers away from the front.

    Some movies and some testimonies make it all more real (and shocking)

    When you walk in the museum, you will see (and hear) a lot of eye-witness accounts of the Great War, at the ticket reception you can get a a printed copy of these quotations (in different languages.

    Here follows a short popular verse which dates from 1915 :

    A Multi-National War
    "The Belgians swear and curse,
    The French eat and drink,
    The British wash and shave,
    The germans gight like devils,
    but when it comes to the girls,they are all the same."

    It must have been a terrible period, for the soldiers and for the locals living in this war zone.

    At the end of the tour, you pass the museum shop, where you can buy all kind of maps, books and videos/DVDs on this Great War in the Ieper Salient.

    I must say when you are visiting Ieper, this museum is a must see

    For the exact entrance hours and fees, you better check the website.

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    Visit Flanders Fields Museum

    by ranger49 Updated Aug 3, 2009

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    ” In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    This is an incredible Museum to visit.
    I had no idea what to expect as we went through the elegant court yard of the Cloth Hall - looking for tell tale signs of where the reconstruction took over from the few remaining, original stones of this historic building.
    For this ancient Hall,and all the town centre, were reduced to rubble and dust.

    With our entrance ticket we also received a small card to be placed in a computer-like machine that would give us an identity - the screen told me I was a young Jeanne, a Belgian woman sent, with her two children, to Canada at the outbreak of war in 1914. I would only find out at the end of the visit what happened to "me", my children and my soldier husband.
    I did not know that I could have followed a time-line in this life at computer points throughout the tour.

    It is very difficult to begin to describe this museum.
    Much - very effective - use is made of photographs, moving images, greatly magnified scripts, often accompanied by audio readings and dramatic interpretations of the written words. Well known poems from WW1, letters from unknown soldiers and from war time commanders and politicians.
    The emotional impact of the history related in these innovative and interactive way cannot be understated. As we went around I observed the reactions of a party of Canadian school children aged maybe15/17. To begin with they were high spirited, slightly boisterous but, always under the care and supervision of their teacher,their mood soon changed - a quiet realisation of history they were feeling here and the to shock, horror and pity of it all.
    Towards the end of the museum tour you are given an option to take a door and forego the audio-visual representation of the battlefield. Only those with young children did.

    On your way out do pick up the free booklet - A guide to the written quotations.

    So what happened to me, Jeanne, in Canada?
    My children were often ill; we were all unhappy and poor. We returned to Belgium as soon as we could after the war to live with my parents. My husband had been killed in1918. I died in 1922.
    I hope my aging parents were able to care for my two little girls.

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    Museum "In Flander's Fields"

    by myriam_c Written Jan 30, 2005

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    Poppies

    A very interesting interactive and audiovisual museum in the centre of the small city. The museum tells the history of the city of Ieper and the whole area (Westhoek) during the Great War (WWI). It tells the story of ordinary men and women, citizens and soldiers, young and old, in fact it could have been the story about you and me.
    When you enter the museum you will get a small card with a name on it. Throughout the museum you will be able to retrace the life of the person whose name is on your card by introducing the card into three interactive booths.
    What I learned from this museum (and from the area in general): WE MUST NEVER FORGET.

    The museum is open every day from April to September from 10 am to 6 pm - from October to March from 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Mondays.
    Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and the first three weeks after the Christmas Holidays in Belgium.
    Ticketsale stops one hour before closing time

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