Our Story
          " sharing history "

In a country where war has raged, it lingers, even if that war is already a century behind us. For each of the more than 600,000 dead who fell in Belgium, for each of the more than 425,000 graves and names on memorials and for the hundreds of traces and relics in the front region, for each of the millions affected (physically or psychologically wounded, refugees and deportees) there is a story of grief, pain and ordeal somewhere in the world.

The In Flanders Fields Museum conserves the link with this war past. Because the nature of war does not change over time, the museum considers presenting this war story to be a universal and contemporary message of peace, and therefore an important social mission. The museum works closely with partners who share its mission and works within the framework of Ypres City of Peace.

the Cloth Hall

The museum presents the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region. It is located in the rebuilt Cloth Hall of Ypres, an important symbol of wartime hardship and later recovery.

From this symbolic accommodation, the museum also pays great attention to the contemporary landscape as one of the last tangible witnesses of the war history. During your visit and after climbing the restored Belfry tower (by an additional 231 steps), you can look out over the city and the surrounding battlefields.

Permanent exhibition

a Great War

Based on the museum collection, the permanent exhibition sets out the history of the First World War in Belgium, in the Westhoek, and near Ypres.


the things

Hundreds of authentic objects and images are presented in a contemporary design, sometimes very grand, sometimes very intimate, but always experiential.


the people

Within this general historical context, individual characters recount their own fates, in a direct and lifelike confrontation with the visitor.


and their stories

People from five continents and from more than a hundred different countries took part in the war. Their personal stories are all equally worthy of being passed on.


the dead

Of the 600,000 victims who died because of the war in Belgium, more than 550,000 fell in the Westhoek. Almost 30,000 of them were civilians.


the landscape

For four years the war took hold in an arc-shaped front around Ypres. The museum helps to read the landscape of this Ypres Salient as an ancient battlefield.


fine arts

The collection of war art is not a department in itself, but pops up throughout the exhibition to reflect the events of the war from an artistic distance..



Once it was over, the commemoration of the war was installed. The final part of the exhibition highlights and evaluates this culture of remembrance.


Accompaniment to the exhibition

poppy bracelet

Upon your arrival you receive an identification bracelet. With it, you decide which war witness you want to meet in the exhibition. All other interactive presentations are also displayed in your own language by means of your bracelet.

audio guide

You can visit the museum with an audio guide. The basic tour explores the entire exhibition, but more in-depth information is offered all along the way. Children can follow their own, narrative trail.


for children

Visiting a museum, about the war, with children - that is not an evident thing to do. Yet the In Flanders Fields Museum tries to gently lead children into the world as it was, is, or could be.


museum guide & map

A clear museum map takes you through the Cloth Hall estate on the spot. Before or after your visit, the Museum Guide introduces you to or takes you back to the whole exhibition, in all its aspects, layers and storylines.

Museum guide

Museum Café

The Museum Café is the perfect place to catch your breath after a visit to the museum. A cup of coffee or a regional beer, lunch or Afternoon Tea: you will be served here with pleasure.

opening hours


When the weather is nice, you can relax in the courtyard of the Cloth Hall. There you will also find a free picnic area.

Those who prefer to picnic inside the café can book this together with the group visit:

  • maximum 50 people per half hour
  • reservation subject to consumption

Museum Shop

In the museum shop you can browse through a very wide range of publications on the First World War and various other themes relating to Ypres and the Westhoek. You will also find a wide choice of postcards, posters, T-shirts, car, cycling and walking maps, pins, magnets and lots of other gadgets.