This cultural centre, dedicated to the second world war, offers an incredible immersion into the Battle of the Bulge. 4 characters, civilians and soldiers, guide the visitors through the galleries, sharing their story as they go along. An interactive, modern presentation sure to wow children and adults alike.
The first part of the Bastogne Museum retraces the causes of the 1940-45 war, its milestones, life in Belgium during the German occupation... before detailing Hitler's last operation, the Battle of the Bulge. 2019 being the 75th anniversary, special commemorative events will be organised through the year.
The living memory of the Ardennes
Visitors follow the story of four different characters, each presenting a different side of the war through anecdotes:
- Robert Keane, an American soldier
- Hans Wegmüller, a German soldier
- Mathilde Devillers, a school teacher in Bastogne
- Emile Mostade, a child from Bastogne
The galleries offer fascinating scenovisions(immersive scenes appealing to all senses), created to recreate the atmosphere during the conflict as closely as possible.
Prepare your visit
Audio guide included
Languages: Dutch, English, French and German
A kids trail also is available.
The cafeteria serves a range of hot and cold dishes.
After visiting the museum
The Mardasson memorial is only a few minutes walk from the Bastogne War Museum. This star-shaped monument commemorates the friendship between Belgium and the United States and pays tribute to the soldiers having fought the Battle of the Bulge.
Visitors with specific needs
Please click here to see the list of facilities and activities accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. Wallonia has developed the Access-i program to give travellers a clear understanding of what the infrastructures offer.
Please note, on this site:
- If you have a wheelchair / if you have difficulties walking / If you are blind or visually impaired: special parking spaces, wide spaces along the museum, adapted toilets and special spaces in the screening room
- If you are deaf: information panels in 4 languages throughout the museum
- If you are hard of hearing: audio guides with an adjustable volume button
Until January 6, 2019: open Tuesdays to Sundays + public holidays (9.30 am to 6 pm, last entry at 4 pm)
March 15 to November 15: open every day + public holidays (9.30 am to 6 pm, last entry at 4 pm)
July 1 to August 31: open every day (9.30 am to76 pm, last entry at 5 pm)
The Bastogne War Museum is open on:
- public holiday Mondays and (Belgian) school holiday Mondays
- Easter Monday, May 1, Ascension Thursday, Whit Monday, July 21, August 15, November 1 and 11
Please note the museum closes at 4.30 pm (last entry at 2.30 pm) on December 24 and 31.
The Bastogne War Museum will be closed:
- December 25 and January 1
- January 7 to February 7, 2019
- Indoor catering
- Access for PRM (autodeclared)
- Training materials provided