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Thousand of men left their homes behind to fight in the Great War. But the daily life of the soldiers was about more than fighting. Much time was passed behind the front line as well, in encampments and occupied villages. The unique museum displays the more mundane side of a soldier’s life, curated to give you a feel of day-to-day life of the soldiers of World War I.
The collections features items from soldiers’ personal lives, such as combs, coins, bottles, artificial legs, name tags, and watches, each with a personal story behind them. The owner of the museum, Jan Paul de Vries, welcomes you in, telling his story about how he started collecting and how his private collection was eventually turned into a museum. Each object in the collection has its own story and De Vries will passionately tell it. Perhaps the most special thing about this museum is that unlike most others, you’re actually allowed to touch everything.
Know Before You Go
By car, follow the signs Meuse Argonne American cemetery and you pas by the museum.