Lange Max Museum, Koekelare

#18 of 92 in Museums in West Flanders Province
Must see · Military Museum · History Museum
The Lange Max Museum (LMM) is devoted to the German 38 cm SK L/45 "Max" gun and the German occupation of Koekelare and the nearby area in World War I. The focus on the German side of the war makes it a unique museum in Belgium. The museum is named after the nickname of the German gun "Lange Max", which was one of the biggest guns of the world in 1917, and is located in Koekelare.

The museum was opened in October 2014 by the Minister-President of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois. It is located on a domain called Site Lange Max, which includes a farmyard. The site includes other protected monuments such as a bakehouse, the artillerie platform and a former German mess.

The museum provides information about the "Lange Max" gun that bombarded Dunkirk and also Ypres in 1917 . Dunkirk is located at about ± 45 km from Koekelare. The information is available in four languages: Dutch, German, English and French. Audio guides in Dutch, English and German are also available.

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  • The museum depicts the logistical side, and the impact on the local population of WW1 from an interesting perspective. (Forced) participation of the local community under the German control is shown.....  more »
  • The museum was extremely good. It gave a good look into the German side of the conflict. For the people who think it's just about a cannon don't worry. It offers a very detailed insight in the German....  more »
  • Museum with few war memorabilia and very confusing. Furthermore, the guides for the touristic groups speak too aloud, so is absolutely impossibile to stay concentrated to listen your audio guide and to read the screens.
  • WW1 German perspective museum well set out very interesting. The actual gun site still exists a few hundred metres walk away. The town was occupied by the Germans and was a pioneer regiments base. There is a great restaurant on the site well used.

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