01 Welcome in our museum

Welcome at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. This audio tour guides you through the First World War as people in and around Passchendaele experienced it. The museum is located in an area that was a major battlefield in the First World War. It has since been rebuilt. Many reminders of the Great War are scattered around the area, such as cemeteries, bunkers and monuments. The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is housed in the Zonnebeke Chateau. Emmanuel Iweins, scion of an Ypres family, commissions the construction of the building in 1926. After the First World War, he returned to Zonnebeke to rebuild the destroyed chateau. The chateau's top floor houses the first part of the museum. It gives an overview of the 4 years of war in the region around Ypres-Passchendaele. Here you'll find out how WW1 completely changed our world and this region. Then you go down to the dugout, a meticulously replicated system of tunnels and underground rooms. Next you go to the largest room of the museum, where you'll find out everything about the Third Battle of Ypres, or the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the major battles in the First World War. Finally, this audio tour will take you outside, where you'll go through a maze of trenches to experience how dire life in the trenches really was. The visit ends in the American emergency house, with a commemoration gallery where you can take a moment to remember all the victims of this Great War.

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Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Discover what our museum has to offer by listening to or by reading the audio stops below. Do you have a warm heart for the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, or do you want to support us in these difficult times? Become a member of the ‘Passchendaele society’ via passchendaele.be and commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele and its more than 600,000 casualties.