101st Airborne Museum - The Mess in Bastogne
Avenue de la Gare 11-13
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In the heart of Bastogne, a rich collection of objects from the Second World War, the Battle of the Bulge and the famous 101st Airborne division.
Only 200m from the city centre and Place McAuliffe with it's Sherman tank, this museum is converted in a prestigious old building which used to house the officers' mess of the Chasseurs Ardennais in the Belgian army.
Built in 1936, it was also occupied by the Wehrmacht during the occupation of Bastogne and then by the Red Cross, which set up a makeshift hospital.
An impressive collection
The museum is stretched over 4 stories and is dedicated to the American airborne units that took part in the conflict in and around Bastogne during the terrible winter of 1944-45. Among them was the famous 101st Airborne which was immortalised in Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers television series.
Beautiful displays present numerous objects, gathered by passionate collectors, which belonged to these units such as personal everyday items, weapons, uniforms and genuine clothes, as well as various photographic documents.
Various amazing and realistic scenes with mannequins accompany you along your visit. Down in the basement, don't miss the diorama showing a medical intervention.
Also in the basement, you will find yourself in the middle of a frighteningly realistic bombardment, as the residents of Bastogne did 70 years ago.
The museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Mondays.
Annual closure in January after the Christmas school holidays.
Members of the military currently in active service €6,
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