Since it was created in 2011, the Musée de la Grande Guerre has been taking part in European Heritage Days. This year, curious people are expected on September 18 and 19, 2021 to learn more about the First World War thanks to an exclusive heritage preciously curated by the museum.
Thanks to a chronological and themed route fitting children from 7 years of age, the museum helps us understand how the world fell in the First World War and how this war has changed the world because of its length of time and its violence of a rare intensity.
The museum displays a wonderful collection of 5,000 pieces but keeps over 65,000 items from the First World War. Most of these objects have been bargain-hunted by Jean-Pierre Verney, a historian fascinated by the WWI. Verney has roamed around flea markets and other open air rummage sales for over 30 years looking for treasures, he first kept at home before he wanted to get rid of them. When a foreign buyer wished to purchase his collection, Meaux mayor Jean-François Copé has done everything to make sure Verney’s collection does not leave France, and bought the collection in the name of Meaux, and made this museum built. This is why there is a museum about the First World War in Meaux.
Guided tours at the Musée de la Grande Guerre:
(Careful, tours are only accessible upon online booking)
Dates and Opening Time
From 18 September 2021 to 19 September 2021
Musée de la Grande Guerre
Rue Lazare Ponticelli
From 7 years old
Horaires : 9h30-18h