© WBT - S. Dekkers
© WBT - F. Mazy
© Plugstreet 14-18 experience
The First World War Interpretation Centre is opening its doors close to the British Memorial in Ploegsteert, Belgium.
Focusing on the life of the soldiers and civilians, you enter by a glass pyramid. Its semi-underground construction in the heart of the Ploegsteert woods evokes the catacombs that are inaccessible today.
The museum route
A 400m² high-tech scenography space presents a detailed view of the British and German positions at Comines-Warneton between 1914 and 1918.
Each visitors will get the chance to discover, through a human, interactive and moving approach, the living conditions and the major events that civilians and soldiers endured in this region that was devastated by the battles of the 4 year occupation.
Original and never-before-seen archive documents are presented in 4 languages: French, Dutch, German and English.
Stories of Australian soldiers, such as the Battle of Messine, the catacombs and the winter of 1917-1918, are also revealed, in partnership with the Australian government.
The interpretation centre will regularly host local and travelling exhibitions.
After visiting the interpretation centre, visitors can discover the countryside of Ploegsteert, Warneton and Comines and see the traces still visible today and other remembrance venues.
Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm. Wednesday: 1pm to 5pm.
Every first Friday of the month from 10am to 7pm.
Weekends: 10am to 6pm (from 01/04 to 30/09) or from 10am to 5pm (from 01/01 to 31/03).
Adults - €5.
Children under 12, students, disabled visitors, seniors (60 +) - €4.
Free for children under 6.
Groups €4/pp min.10 people
Persons with reduced mobility
Wheelchairs are available on request.
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Tourist information on the town COMINES-WARNETON