Wednesday

17 April

9:30am to 6:00pm
8/14

Thursday

18 April

9:30am to 6:00pm
7/16

Friday

19 April

9:30am to 6:00pm
8/19

Saturday

20 April

9:30am to 6:00pm
8/20

Sunday

21 April

9:30am to 6:00pm
9/20

Monday

22 April

9:30am to 6:00pm
9/20

Tuesday

23 April

9:30am to 6:00pm
8/19

BASTOGNE WAR MUSEUM

 

Located close to the famous Mardasson Memorial, the Bastogne War Museum is the principal memorial dedicated to the Second World War in the Ardennes and Belgium. If offers a particular emphasis on the Battle of the Bulge.

 

Through the use of scenography, witness testimonial, multi-media installation the route through the exhibition appeals not only to the intellect but to the emotions, giving visitors the feeling that this story belongs to each and every one of us.

The route through the exhibition is punctuated with interactive terminals designed for school students and young people. Guided activities on various themes are available on reservation. Some objects are chosen for their ability to demonstrate the « small » history of the individual while also demonstrating the « great » history of a people.

In addition to the permanent exhibition, the Bastogne War Museum regularly presents temporary exhibitions that are a part of an exhibition called « Story Bubbles ». These temporary windows evolve and change depending on loans, partnerships and donations. Discover new objects steeped in an unusual history. Regardless of the theme of the exhibition these objects will reveal their story to you, the visitor.

Prepare your visit

The Bastogne War Museum is a part of the Liberation Route Europe, a constantly developing international circuit of memorials, which traces the important stages of European liberation during the period of 1944-1945. It is also a member of the vast network of European and American museums and memorial sites. The most successful partnership is that built with the Caen Memorial in Normandy. This partnership is build on the mutual conviction: ignorance breeds a fear that makes living together difficult and projects uncertainty into our future. This collaboration, like many others, is above all a shared faith in the power of knowledge.

exhibition "History through their eyes"

  • 2

    Hours (minimum course)

  • 150000

    Visitors per year

  • 1

    Memory site in the Ardennes

  • 3

    Immersive shows

  • 75

    Years of the Battle of the Bulge

Your guides 

Experience your visit through the eyes of four protagonists of the Battle of the Bulge and discover the story of Bastogne and its inhabitants through their lives lived during the winter of 1944.

The audioguide allows you to follow the paths of these characters, never destined to meet if it weren’t for the events of 1944. Each character presents their own vision of the conflict, a story which is at times happy, at times sad. It’s an immersive experience that gives visitors the impression of an intimate relationship with each character. The characters are inspired by real facts and their stories later embellished with fiction. However, as with all the contents of the Bastogne War Museum, the stories have been verified by a committee of renowned researchers to best represent the reality of the times.

  • Emile Mostade

    Emile Mostade is 13 years old. He hails from Bastogne and his father runs a bike repair shop. The young Emile is a musician, his accordion never far from his hand.

  • Mathilde Devillers

    The second character we meet is Mathilde Devillers, a young teacher from Bastogne.

  • Hans Wegmüller

    Next we come across Hans Wegmüller. His accent marks him out as a German lieutenant, part of the 26th division of the Volksgrenadiere, the unit charged with taking control of Bastogne.

  • Robert Keane

    Finally, our fourth companion on this journey is Robert Keane, an American corporal of the 101st Airborne Division, the unit deployed to defend Bastogne. Positioned in the woods surrounding the city, he was witness to the front line of action, as was Hans Wegmüller.

Located close to the Bastogne War Museum, the Mardasson Museum sits on the hill that bears his name.

An initiative of the Belgo-American Association, it was inaugurated on 16th July, 1950 to an audience of 10,000 people, in the esteemed presence of General Anthony McAuliffe.

The museum was designed to honor the memory of the 76,890 American soldiers killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of the Bulge.

The architectural shape of the five-pointed star is a Belgian tribute to the American soldiers who participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the region. On 4th July, 1946, on the day that the United States celebrate the Declaration of Independence, a commemorative stone was inaugurated. It remains the centre of the memorial today. 

Housed under the Memorial is a crypt which was decorated by the artist Fernand Leger. The three mosaics represent three religions: Judaism, Protestantism and Catholicism.

the Battle
of the bulge

After the Normandy landing the Germans gradually understood that the situation on the Western Front was unravelling. Hitler informed his officers that he planned to lead a counteroffensive from the Ardennes in autumn 1944. The goal of the offensive was to seize the port of Antwerp and to stop vital supplies reaching the Allies. The offensive created a breach between the British, stationed for the most part in Holland and northern Belgium, and the Americans, based further south, forcing the Allies into negotiating a peace treaty in favor of the Axis’ powers. Once the treaty was signed, Germany could concentrate its armies on the Eastern Front and end the Soviet’s power there. Not all of the German senior military officers were convinced by the massive undertaking, but the Fuhrer was obeyed at all costs.

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Un centre de référence sur la seconde guerre mondiale
Un centre de référence sur la seconde guerre mondiale

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