In Flanders Fields Museum

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In Flanders Fields Museum
Flag outside the museum.

The In Flanders' Fields Museum is devoted to the study of World War I and occupies the second floor of the Cloth Hall, Ypres in Belgium. The building was virtually destroyed by artillery fire during the First World War and has been reconstructed. The curator, Piet Chielens, is a World War I historian. The museum is named for the famous poem by Canadian John McCrae.

Visitors to the museum will find no glorification of war; rather the museum suggests the futility of war, especially as seen in Flanders in World War I.

Following a closure for refurbishments, the museum has reopened in June 2012. The renovation goes well beyond a new layout and embellishments, and is aimed at providing visitors with a more intense perception and richer experience. It also presents a general introduction to World War I in Flanders with reference to other sites and museums, and is intended to encourage the visitor to view the actual sites for themselves. The museum includes a new World War I research centre.


  • Tobias Arand: Zwischen Emotion und Distanz – Zwei museale Wege der Annäherung an den Ersten Welt-krieg. Das 'In Flanders Fields-Museum' Ypern/Belgien und das 'Historial de la Grande Guerre' Péronne/Frankreich. In: Geschichte, Politik und ihre Didaktik Heft 31, 2003, Heft 1/2, S. 74- 83.
  • Holt, Major & Mrs; Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (England: Pen & Sword Books 1997) ISBN 978-0-85052-551-9

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Coordinates: 50°51′04″N 2°53′09″E / 50.85111°N 2.88583°E / 50.85111; 2.88583