Bastogne War MuseumThe Bastogne Museum next to the MardassonMonument
Modernized museum with story lines
The museum was modernized and expanded, reopening was in March 2014. Besides historical information the museum offers four story lines of fictional persons who could have experienced the battle of Bastogne. The 4 stories are that of an American soldier, a German officer, a member of the local resistance and a schoolboy. You hear these stories though a audio guide, which is included in the entrance fee. Nice about this device is that it automatically plays the soundtrack for the display you’re standing or the multi-media experience. Along the route though the museum there are 3 multi-media rooms. In one you find yourself in in foxhole in the Ardennes forest, it’s dark and foggy. In the last multi-media experience you’re in in cafe in Bastogne when the shelling starts.
Open daily except annual closing and January 1st and December 25th.
Battle of the Bulge
This museum is focussed on the Battle of the Bulge, but also gives an overview of the history before the Second World War. The route takes you along many displays, uniforms, weapons, vehicles and other artefacts.
Bastogne War Museum has about 400 exhibited object on 1,600 square meters. Caption and audio guide are in 4 languages: English, French, Dutch and German. When you include a visit to the nearby (100 m) Mardasson Memorial, the museum shop and restaurant, you can easily spend 3 to 4 hours.