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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Filip De Beule (13 months ago)
Nice museum in various languages. If you read all the information, listen to all the audioguide sessions, do the 3 video sessions and the new generation 45 video, the visit will take quite long. We did only one movie as the panels and the 3d movies tell similar stories as does the audioguide. But all in all, definitely worth a visit.
Ronald Hogenboom (14 months ago)
Excellent museum, focusing on the battle of the Bulge. You get a headset at the reception that leads you through the museum and tells the story from four different perspectives. This includes eloborate moving dioramas and many artifacts and vehicles. Tour is available in English, German, French and Dutch and probably more languages. Staff is helpful, and the cafetaria and book shop are nice.
Bruna Payne (15 months ago)
Having been to more war museums than I can count, this one is by far THE best. First off, you MUST get the audio set which of course you need to pay for but that is what makes this experience outstanding. At first I though the price was a little expensive but it was absolutely worth every penny. The audio guides you through the life of four different people (real life, not fiction) to depict different experiences and views of how the events unfolded - this personification have such deep perspective and understanding. Be patient and watch all the short movies which are all very different and immersive. We legitimately spent the entire day there and then drove to the field where they had yet another component of the museum where you get to see the exact location and through QR codes you get a 360 degree experience of what happened in that specific area! Our teens were even engaged the entire time and tears were shed. Very memorable and moving museum. A must see!
Peter Boon (16 months ago)
The museum is about telling the WWII story. Without headphones (voice guides) there is not so much to see. Movies are of good quality though. Personally like seeing more relics. If you like to see tanks this is not your museum.
N Schipper (20 months ago)
After encountering so many world war 2 monuments within Luxembourg I wanted to know more about what exactly happened here during world war 2. And this museum came highly recommended, it didn't disappoint not one bit. It left me cold with goose bumps about the stories that where told through an audio headpiece. And through the myriad of infographics pictures etc.
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