The Museum of the Great War, Pays de Meaux

A new perspective on one of the 20th century's major conflicts, the First World War, for a better understanding of the world of today.

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The Museum of the Great War, Pays de Meaux - Meaux

Housing a collection unparalleled anywhere in Europe, the Great War Museum offers a new vision of the first worldwide conflict [1914-1918], through innovative scenography illustrating the great changes and upheavals in society that resulted from it.
A remarkable heritage to be handed on to future generations.
A museum of' history and society to help learn of past hardships, understand present-day society and build tomorrow's world.
Inaugurated on 11 November 2011, the Great War Museum is one of the leading European museums dedicated to World War I. With the commemoration of this conflict’s centenary, the 2014-2018 period is highly symbolic.
The commemorations continue in 2017
The centenary of the First World War is an important anniversary for all the countries which took part in this global conflict. Each year up until 2018, the Great War Museum will participate in this commemoration by presenting temporary international exhibitions, complemented by a rich and varied cultural events programme. In 2017, the annual exhibition focuses on objects uncovered during archaeological diggings carried out on the battlefields, with shell fragments, “memory boxes” and gas masks providing unique glimpses into the soldiers’ lives along the front line. The cultural programme will continue to offer guided thematic and “theatrical” tours, workshops, musical storytelling, concerts, conferences, etc.
The museum’s marked commitment
Just 40 minutes from Paris and situated on the same site as the first Battle of the Marne, this museum constitutes an excellent point of departure for a visit of the battlefields of North and Eastern France. Its exceptional collection, unique in Europe, offers a new perspective on one of the most important 20th-century conflicts, the First World War, for a better understanding of today’s world. Its permanent collection covers 3,000 m. and every aspect of the conflict via an attractive and innovative scenography: projections, audio recordings and interactive terminals.
The “Grand Nave“ presents a recreated French trench and a German trench, as well as planes, trucks and a tank.
Thematic areas invite visitors to discover the role played by the United States in the Great War, the role played by women, the evolution of weaponry, the beginnings of camouflage, the evolving strategies and tactics from one year to the next, etc.
This innovative, interactive museum with its extraordinary collection immerses visitors in the Great War through the men and women who experienced this tragic period.

  • Equipements




    Car park


    Coach parking

  • Services

    Educational visits

    Coach access

    Room hire

    Themed tour


    Set down on-site for groups

    Tourist brochures


    Guided tours

    Fast food

    Ticketing in number

  • Openning

    Every day from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    Closed on Tuesday.
    Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
    Annual closures from 6 to 10 January 2020 and from 18 to 31 August 2020.
    Attention: closing the crates half an hour before the closing of the Museum.

  • Costs

    Full price: 10€

    Reduced prices
    7 € : Student, Seniors, Former soldiers, veterans
    5 € : Child (8-26 years), Unemployed, Those on benefits
    Large family: 25 € (2 adults + 2 under 18s +€2 for each additional child)

    Free : Under 8s, disabled person and those accompanying a disabled person, Journalists, Teachers, Museum curators/members ICOM network/Ministry of Culture card holders (free admission for 2 people)

    adlut pass 17 € : Free and unlimited access to the museum for a year (from purchase date) and to our complete cultural program
    Child (8-26 years) pass : Free and unlimited access to the museum for a year (from purchase date) and to our complete cultural program

    Audioguide: 2 €.

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