Sanctuary Wood Museum
Sanctuary Wood Museum
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carolineclayt
Great Eccleston, UK98 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
apr. 2024 • Familie
The authenticity is questionable and there are definitely better museums in the area as the displays/signage could be significantly improved. However for our 9 year old the opportunity to enter a ‘trench’ really brought it to life and he thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Skrevet 16. juni 2024
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Simon G
Jersey, UK291 bidrag
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apr. 2024 • Par
Visited this museum whilst on a whistle stop tour of Ypres & the surrounding area. Had read many times of the history of Sanctuary Wood so this was an obvious place to visit.
We were the only 2 visitors there at the time, the museum itself consisted of 2 main rooms at the start, filled with a number of WW1 items, uniforms, weapons etc…. Many things weren’t labelled or had any description of what they were.
Outside was the best part….. Although it had been raining, & was muddy, the large trench system showing what it would’ve looked like here 100 years ago was very interesting. Around the edge of the area were many bits of rusting metal pieces obviously from the war. On a better drier day you could walk through the trenches - but not today! Next to the museums first building was a second building where I think the museum continued, but didn’t venture in there.
Overall I’m pleased we visited here due to the history of the place, but as a museum there are much better ones in the area to visit with more impressive exhibits & displays.
Skrevet 7. mai 2024
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Tony Matthews
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4,0 av 5 bobler
apr. 2024 • Venner
Lots of authentic artefacts and material, a very atmospheric experience with a wide range of material regarding the conflict at Sanctuary Wood and the wider war in Belgium.
Could have done with some labelling on artefacts but otherwise well worth a visit

The trenches although appearing to be replicas are apparently built on the site of original British trenches, it’s quite atmospheric but the trenches lack any artefacts in situ.

I found the area a bit spooky to be honest but a must see
Skrevet 25. april 2024
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Joanne T
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4,0 av 5 bobler
apr. 2024 • Par
A genuine experience of what the trenches would have been like. We came mainly for the trenches, they were extremely wet and muddy after an excessive amount of rain (so bring wellies!). It gave you a very good idea about what the trenches would have been really like. Unlike other trench experiences in museums this is genuine. The shell craters all around the trenches are original, as are the splintered tree stumps.

The museum part is quite amateurish (female mannequins with bushy moustaches) so we didn't really look that much. There were some good picture viewers at the start which were fascinating.

There are a lot of war metal stuff lying around outside. It all adds to a really raw first hand experience. It's just a shame that it's not preserved better.
Skrevet 12. april 2024
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geronimo16
West Sussex, UK113 bidrag
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feb. 2024 • Familie
Came here principally to see the trenches rather than the museum. I realise that 100 years have passed since they were created and some decay is inevitable but I left feeling that this key reminder of the hideous events WW1 had been somewhat neglected. The museum was similarly underwhelming with little apparent effort to explain the exhibits.
Skrevet 14. februar 2024
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guillaume du ninian
London, UK299 bidrag
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apr. 2023 • Familie
The one attraction has TWO Trip Advisor entries. One is titled “Hill 62 (sanctuary Wood) Canadian Memorial” and the other is “Sanctuary Wood Museum”.

Essentially, this venue is a museum (well, it’s a museum spread over two buildings) with a land piece out of land out the back with a good stretch of preserved World War One trench. The two entries above incorporate both portions.

There are a few ‘preserved trenches’ along the old Western Front (such as Dodengang (Trench of Death) near Dixmuide, Newfoundland Park Visitors Centre at Vimy and Mémorial terre-neuvien de Beaumont-Hamel on the Somme etc. In my experience, one of the best is the Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62) Museum and trenches.

The museum has a fantastic array of original artefacts, photographs and associated paraphernalia. However, like many museums of its type in Belgium and France the layout and presentation of the museum is amateurish. For example, items are described by paper labels made out on a type writer. The funniest thing is the use of old female manikins who previously sported the latest fashions in a clothing boutique. Even being fitted with an original uniform and given a large fake bushy mustache or stubble drawn on with a felt pen.

I think these museums should be properly curated. I can see the poor display and management causing damage to many of these old and, sometimes, fragile artefacts.

There is a lot to see. You have to search it out among all of the ‘debris’.

The trenches can be wet and muddy. It’s good not to have the trenches ‘sanitised’ like others. It really aids in getting an idea of the conditions. I thoroughly recommend walking through the little tunnel. It’s advised to use the torch on your mobile phone to help you find your footing.

I cannot recommend this venue highly enough. There is a lot to see in the museum and the trench are interesting.

Most visitors, from what I could hear, were English speaking. Suffice to say, in such a brilliant environment its not surprising that some people could not stop themselves from falling into role play and pretending to throw grenade (stones) from the trenches at imaginary Germans (usually played by their spouses or significant others).

I admit. I mentioned the ‘war’ once. But I think I got away with it. LoL
Skrevet 4. februar 2024
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Fern
Glasgow, UK574 bidrag
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jul. 2023 • Alene
no idea why this place has so many bad reviews. we thought this was an amazing place to visit, there aren't many places like this left in the world. this is a must see. it's true there isn't a lot of parking but it wasn't a problem when we visited. this place is not disrespectful at all, if anything it's the opposite.
Skrevet 11. januar 2024
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John M
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5,0 av 5 bobler
sep. 2023 • Par
Many reviews here are negative, poorly done, waste of money, should be shut down, etc. For me however, this was a very personal and emotional visit. I had the honour to visit this and many other sites where many men fought and DIED! Please remember that! And best viewed without hordes of school age children running amok like this is a big playground...THAT should not be allowed.
Both of my grandfather's served in WW1 and both were here, and both wounded here in June 1916. One was was shot in the shoulder June 6 and sent to England to recuperate followed by sending to the Somme where he was put out of the war on 10 Oct 1916. The other was badly wounded here on 10 June 1916 and put out of the war. He lost his left eye from shrapnel of a German grenade blast. THEY WERE THE LUCKY ONES! Many others did not leave this site alive.
I found by walking thru the trenches a true sense of overwhelming awe at what these men faced. RIGHT HERE!
The exhibits inside the buildings are definitely a mixture of both wars, the 25 pdr field gun out front is a WW2 piece, I know this because my dad was a bombardier on a 25pdr in WW2.
But the exact area where this museum is, Hill 62, the battle of Mount Sorrel, in defence of Ieper, is an important part of the struggle AND SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN no matter how one sees the place, one should RESPECT what it stands for and APPRECIATE what they have, that they can visit a place such as this and marvel at its beauty now.
I brought pictures of both my grandfather's with me on this trip and asked the ladies if they would like to have them for the museum. I identified each with their regiments, service numbers and dates and description of their wounds. The ladies said they'd be honored to do so - I hope they did.
They both recovered after some agonizing and lengthy time and I had the luxury to grow up with both of them...the one who lost his eye died in 1968 and the other in 1979. I was born in !952.
LEST WE FORGET.

I hope this museum stays open so I can come back again.
Skrevet 13. desember 2023
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Estelle F
Rugby, UK36 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
aug. 2023 • Familie
There are a lot of negative reviews here which is a shame. It seems that many people expect the ‘Full Disney’ and are unable to imagine anything without being explicitly told. The museum has been in the same farming family since before WW1 so is unlikely to be like, for example, the massively funded sites like Waterloo or the Flanders exhibition in Ypres. It contains the largest collection of photographs from WW1 in the world I think which you can view on one of the numerous old lantern slide viewers. Many images are really gruesome so not suitable viewing for children I’d say until over 14. They do not need explicit captions.There are many display cabinets containing military artefacts and it’s true they are are not labelled but would be extremely interesting for those with a little knowledge. My grandson of 12 was able to explain and identify items as did my husband. Both are clever but not particularly warfare buffs. Outside are recovered rusting shell cases and other items which I presume have been recovered by Flanders farmers from their fields. I think bomb disposal teams are still called out on occasions to collect these from farm gates. How authentic the trenches are I have no idea, but what do people expect. They are over a 100 years old so parts must have to have been reconstructed- - it’s old corrugated iron for goodness sake. My two older grandsons were very sombre walking around them and imagining what it would have been like to have been in one. For two adults and three children it was 26 euros. Pretty cheap I’d say.
Skrevet 20. august 2023
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Miles
Maidstone, UK83 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
jul. 2023 • Par
Look, I find it hard to write negatively about places like this as they are there to remind us of some of the most major parts of history, however I think they could do a better job if they tried.

It wasn’t a great entrance as to get in, we had to walk past a member of staff standing in the doorway having a cigarette oblivious to the world, so before we even begun we had to walk through a cloud of smoke which as non-smokers wasn’t very pleasant or professional.

At €8 entry per adult, pretty standard compared to most other places we had visited so thought nothing of it.

The first room in the museum was arguably the best. It was full of picture reels which gave a truly thorough insight into what went on and the conditions and events our forces had to go through.

The next room was fully of items from uniforms, medals, weaponry etc but there was no information on what any of it actually was or who it belonged to so you came out of there not really learning anything.

You then go outside and walk around the grounds and have the opportunity to see and walk through the trenches that they have on site. It certainly gives a good insight as to what it must have been like but I can’t help but feel that it’s just being left to ruin. I know they can’t interfere with it too much as over time you will completely lose the authenticity of it, however there are many bits of sheared, rusted metal sticking out around the trenches that it really surprises me many people don’t hurt themselves.

There is a separate building as an extension of their museum but just like the second room, it’s full of memorabilia that isn’t labelled so you really could be looking at anything. Their model people really leave a lot to be desired for aswell in both how they are made to look and dress - it’s a bit insulting really how they are portraying them in such a poor way.

I’m not saying don’t go, in fact I’d recommend a visit purely because it does offer a few good bits, but don’t expect anything spectacular and be prepared for it to seem a bit run down.
Skrevet 20. juli 2023
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