Discover the MMP1917

The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is located in the chateau grounds of Zonnebeke in the middle of the former battlefield. As an "open museum", the MMP1917 therefore establishes the link between historical facts and the landscape. For example, in collaboration with the Tourism Office, the museum developed a network of sites in the Zonnebeke area, which are connected by various walking loops and cycle routes. Important links are Polygon Wood, the many bunkers and the free visitor center of CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world. A 3 km long walking loop with themed information panels takes you from the MMP1917 to this cemetery with almost 12,000 graves and 35,000 names on the monument to the missing.

Right next to the museum are the eight "Memorial Gardens" in the Passchendaele Memorial Park. These gardens commemorate the nations that fought in the region during the First World War. Each garden has the shape of a poppy and consists of three smaller garden sections. The participating countries such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States were responsible for the design and construction of their own garden. You can visit the gardens for free.

From the gardens you have a beautiful view of the "pou maumahara", which is located next to parking 2. This 8 meter high Maori wood sculpture commemorates the New Zealand M?ori and other soldiers of the First World War. The "pou maumahara" was named "P?hutukawa", after the native New Zealand tree that symbolizes a new beginning. The monument has two sides that represent both "Tamatauenga" (war) and "Rongomaraeroa" (peace). The war side commemorates the New Zealanders who came to our region to fight (and often did not return), while the other side remembers those who remained in New Zealand. Master wood carvers, teachers and students from the New Zealand M?ori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) in Rotorua, New Zealand created the pou maumahara in their institute. They made this commemorative sculpture from a native New Zealand wood species of more than 4,500 years old. This film shows images of the creation:

In the church tower of Zonnebeke you can visit the free exhibition "Signed Landscape". The top floor offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The church tower is within walking distance of the museum.

For more information about the sights, activities and restaurants in the Zonnebeke area, you can visit the website of the Tourist Office.