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Royal Syndicat d'Initiative et du Tourisme Bastogne   Place McAuliffe
B-6600 BASTOGNE   Phone: +32-(0)61/21 27 11    Fax: +32-(0)61/21 27 25
 

 

 

Statue of McAuliffe at the town center of Bastogne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the most important of all the 'Battle of the Bulge' museums. It is situated 2km outside of Bastogne's city center, on the Mardasson hill, next to the Mardasson monument.

 This fascinating museum is mainly the work of one man, Mr Guy Franz Arend. Mr Arend founded the first version of the museum  in the center of the city in 1950 after visitors to Bastogne had made remarks that they regretted the absence of an historical battle museum in 'Nuts City'.

The first museum was quite incomplete, but very soon Mr. Frantz received help (in the form of abundant and hitherto secret information) from the officers of the Historical section of the 3rd American Army, as well as encouragements from General and Mrs. McAuliffe who visited Mr. Franz.

In 1965 Guy Arend was authorized to conceive an new up-to-date, all-inclusive museum about the Battle of the Bulge. The new museum BASTOGNE HISTORICAL CENTER was inaugurated on the 31st of May, 1976.
The museum displays a unique collection of uniforms, vehicles and weapons that belonged to the divisions which were involved in the battle. In the center of the museum is a presentation with slides that show the different movements of the troupes. The showpiece is the 24 minute movie compiled with footage that was shot during the battle. The museum also has a nice gift shop.



BASTOGNE HISTORICAL CENTER :

Address :  Colline du Mardasson - 6600 Bastogne. Tel +32-(0)61- 21.14.13

Opening hours :
From 20 February till 30 April and from 1 October till 30 December : from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
May, June and September : from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
July - August : from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Price :
7,50 Ä (Euro) per person.
Reductions for children and seniors.


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