Take a historical school trip to the In Flanders Field museum

The In Flanders Fields Museum brings the story of World War I to life through thought-provoking, interactive displays. Housed in the rebuilt Cloth Hall of Ypres, Belgium, a visit to the museum is the ideal starting point to take your school on a battlefield tour to Ypres and Flanders Field.

The museum focuses on the human experience of war. Hundreds of authentic objects give a captivating overview of wartime life. Experiential displays tell the story of five years of warfare. Lifelike characters revive testimonies of soldiers but also experiences of refugees and civilians. A personalised poppy wristband pairs the students with a particular eyewitness.

A visit to the permanent exhibition will equip students with stories from both sides of the front line and introduce them to various eyewitness accounts. It is also possible to climb the belfry (bell tower).

Learning inside and outside the museum

The museum’s educational programme includes several tools to make a visit more captivating. A member of the learning team can guide the students through the museum, with or without a thematic focus. Students can also explore the museum individually with an audioguide.

On the museum’s website, teachers can find questions for a self-led visit to help students reflect on the stories they see and hear in the museum. The learning team brings the history of World War I to life.

During the newly developed day trip ‘The Salient Illustrated’, students discover the former battlefields of the northern Ypres Salient. A visit to the museum and a workshop will ensure they are well prepared to explore the area.

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