Museum aan de IJzer


    As an alternative strategy, the armies built complex systems of passageways, especially in the Ypres area, in which life played out underground.

    This temporary exhibition takes the visitors on a tour of the soldiers’ lives in these dugouts and presents a faithful reconstruction of these passageways with authentic materials. For example, you will see officers’ quarters with their toilet, a woodwork room and a nursing station.

    The dugout was built with the help of Johan Vandewalle. The exhibition was thoroughly updated in 2020 to include material from our long-term donors Philippe Oosterlinck and Frankie Van Rossem.