Escorted Rail tours to Passchendaele Memorial Museum
Experience authentically-recreated life on the Great War’s frontline at this unmissable museum
The tiny western Belgian village of Passchendaele, site of one of the most controversial battles of World War One - the Third Battle of Ypres, which resulted in the loss of 500,000 Allied servicemen in little more than three months - has become synonymous with warfare's brutality and senselessness.
The purpose of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum at Zonnebeke, Passchendaele's neighbouring village, is to allow visitors to see and learn for themselves the history, human cost and consequences of the misguided conflict that raged around these villages between July and November 1917.
For anyone with an interest in the history of the Great War, the Passchendaele Memorial Museum is an excellent starting point for any tour of the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme, just over Belgium's border with France. Housed within Zonnebeke's old Chateau, the museum features both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Besides housing the largest public collection of WWI memorabilia and artefacts in the West Flanders region of Belgium, a series of life-sized dioramas takes visitors on a fascinating chronological journey through the Third Battle of Ypres.
An authentically reconstructed trench then leads visitors into a subterranean dugout in which realistic living quarters and operational rooms have been created, with period photographs, film footage and artefacts helping to evoke the atmosphere of life on the wartime frontlines.