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Battle for Bastogne
Battle of the Bulge
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
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
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.
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
BASTOGNE HISTORICAL CENTER :
: 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.
7,50 Ä (Euro) per person.
Reductions for children and seniors.