Being a museum of reference, our Somme 1916 Museum is located inside a tunnel that dates back to the 13th century, rehabilitated into an air-raid shelter in 1938.
The museum open its doors on the 1st of July 1992 following repairs and rehabilitation, and it’s at 10m below ground, after having descended the 63 steps into a 250m long gallery, that you may discover the life of our soldiers in the trenches during the 1st of July 1916 offensive.
With an exceptionally rich collection, you will discover our display cases presenting various objects, material and weapons used in that period. The display cases also allow for better understanding of evolution in weaponry and the appearance of new technologies such as gas and tanks… 15 scenes displaying the trenches allow for a very grasping reality, to understand the lives of the French, British and German soldiers during World War I, by different scenes such as :
* The sufferance that the wounded would have endured represented in the First Aid Post scene.
* The cold, the mud and the rats represented in the winter scene.
* At rest, apart from briefings and training, distractions were numerous. Letter writing, society games, trench art confection etc…
In the museum, the only thing that would be missing would be being able to give a voice to each of the mannequins to allow you to relive and understand the harsh reality lived through this conflict, and that this period in history has forever marked our region.
The visit ends in a corridor where a light and sound display will make imagine what a night under bombings would have been like. Then you will reach our souvenir gift shop, which you will find a large variety of poppy food products, tableware, museum souvenir objects, and books in French and English as well asmilitaria collections…
A new exhibition hall Gallery of Heroes, presented in fun way the lives of nine outstanding soldiers which had distinguished themselves during that period ! The old souvenir shop of 48m² has been transformed in the « Gallery of heroes » dedicated to nine heroes who had distinguished themselves during the Great War. Come and learn their full history by visiting us at our museum! A fun and educational place which will captivate you and great way to learn history.
Adult Entry : 7 €
Child Entry (6-18yrs) : 4 €
Free for children under 6yrs.
Great deal: Family Pass for 2 adults and 2 children (get your reduction voucher by signing on to our "personal space")