Historical reenactment weekend at the Musée de la Grande Guerre

Published by Caroline J., Elodie D. · Photos by Julie M. · Published on 1 September 2021 at 11h23
For the weekend - September 4 and 5, 2021 - the Musée de la Grande Guerre welcomes a huge WWI military camp. For two days, let us meet over 300 passionate re-enactors offering us cannon fire demonstrations, meals in a field kitchen and release of carrier pigeons. Children and adults love it!

The Musée de la Grande Guerre reenactment weekend is an unmissable event for History lovers. On Saturday September 4 and Sunday 5, 2021, about 300 WWI passionates expect us in their period costumes in a military camp and invite us to go back in time, to 1914, 50 kilometers (31.06 mi) from Paris.

Because of coronavirus, facemasks are mandatory within and outside the museum all weekend long.

14-18 re-enactors are so passionate they allow children and the general public to discover more about the daily life during WWI. We learn more about French, German and American soldiers' dail lives, as well as the roles of nurses, cotes, cooks and so on in a very playful and pleasant atmosphere.

The experience totally suits children who find fitted answers and many illustrations that they cannot find in books.

Highlights of this weekend of reconstitution:

  • Poilus parade in Meaux:
    Walk-on actors will parade with taxis, ambulances, Ford T… you’re expected on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. in the city-center to see troops, and at the Aushopping Saisons shopping mall to see cars. On Sunday, meet in the Beauval - Verrière area at 10:30 a.m. 

  • Reenactment of the life in a military camp.
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the 300 reenactors take you back to WWI with many demonstrations such as canon shooting, troop reviewing, sending pigeons, craft workshops to make many useful or decorative items like soldiers did over 100 years ago.

  • Send a letter with the carrier pigeons
    Thanks to the Messager Meldois association and the Musée du Colombier Militaire, you can choose a piegon and send a message (€2)

  • Transport demonstration:
    WWI is famous for the "Taxis de la Marne", the 1916 Peugeot 

  • Field and trench artillery demonstration
    On Saturday September 4 and Sunday 5 at 3 p.m. 

  • New in 2021:
    Several novelties are expecting you this year with the presentation of Madelon, a replica of a 1917 Saint-Chamond tank by the Mémoire de Poilus association, as well as horse-drawn hitch, a "singing" show on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (upon booking), and a air battle re-enactment on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

We attended it in 2017, and we loved the atmosphere:

This free event is the occasion to visit the museum with its wonderful collection featuring 65,000 items. The museum is open to all, even to children from 5 years old thanks to a reassuring family area, and it is free on the first Sunday of each month!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 4 September 2021 to 5 September 2021

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    Location

    Rue Lazare Ponticelli
    77100 Meaux

    Prices
    Free
    accès au musée le dimanche: Free
    accès au musée, -8 ans: Free
    renconstitution: Free
    accès au musée le samedi: €10
    visite du musée: €10

    Recommended age
    From 5 years old

    Average duration
    2 h

    Official website
    www.museedelagrandeguerre.com

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