Bastogne War Museum

Bastogne, Belgium

The Bastogne War Museum is a World War II museum focusing on the Battle of the Bulge. It is located a few kilometers northeast of the Bastogne city center in the Belgian province of Luxembourg.

The museum is located on the former Bastogne Historical Centre site and was opened in 2014. It features a highly interactive audio tour walkthrough which lasts at least two hours. It also showcases many artifacts from the events leading up to and the battle of Bastogne itself, three immersive shows and the story of four fictional characters involved in the battle. The main exhibition progresses chronologically and presents a timeline before, during and after the offensive. There are also a museum shop and a café.

Next to the museum lies the Mardasson Memorial sited on the same grounds. The large monument is a tribute to the 76,890 American casualties or missing soldiers from the Battle of the Bulge. Numerous texts are engraved on it as well as all US states and the involved US divisions. Visitors can walk atop the 12-meter high monument via spiral stairs.

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Founded: 2014
Category: Museums in Belgium

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Camilo Castillo (6 months ago)
If you are a interested in WW2 this is a perfect place to spend 2-3 hours of your trip. If you come to Bastogne when it is snowing it will be a plus. The storytelling aspect of the four characters makes the tour better. The audio guide is bit on the heavy side perhaps something more modern could be used now. Overall highly recommended museum.
Henk Angeneind (7 months ago)
By far the best & also best equipped Battle of the Bulge museums. What a magnificent collection of tanks and other weapons, and displays full of battle of the bulge soldiers in correct uniforms: American&German and even Japanese and Russian. And of course the world famous American Mardasson monument (the 5-pointed star shaped) with on the columns the names of all the States that provided soldiers to the US army and the armies, units that fought in The Bulge.
Luuk (9 months ago)
Cool Museum, saw a lot of things. There were cool programmed story tellers that added much impression to the experience. 5 stars if they would have sold authentic items in the gift shop
Simon Stephens (9 months ago)
Extremely powerful museum. So much detail in there interpretation boards accompanied by some very poignant objects. The interactive sections were also hard hitting but excellently achieved. Recurring visitor of me for sure.
Adrianell Poteet Sorrels (12 months ago)
High quality museum. Tons to read and see, some very cool artifacts. They also make it personal with stories and interviews with survivors. They say a minimum of two hours. We spent three there and skipped one of the feature videos because I was interested in watching the small interview videos and reading more.
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