European Heritage Days 2021 at the Musée de la Grande Guerre in Meaux (77)

Published by Cécile D. · Updated on 15 September 2021 at 11h39 · Published on 15 September 2021 at 11h39
For European Heritage Days on Saturday September 18 and Sunday 19, 2021, the Musée de la Grande Guerre opens for free. On the menu, guided tours of the museum and its storehouse, as well as curating workshops for children to teach them how to save the heritage!

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)

  • Guided tours of the permanent collections, at 2:30 p.m.
    Follow a cultural guide to (re)discover the story of WWI through items from the museum’s collection. A FSL tour is planned on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

  • Guided tours behind the scenes of the museum, at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    Did you know Jean-Pierre Verney gathered over 70,000 items from the First World War, but “only” 3,000 of them are displayed, the others being stored in the museum’s basement? On European Heritage Days, exceptionally access this extraordinary storehouse.

  • French Sign Language guided tour, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
    This specific tour – based on looks – relies on details of some key masterpieces from the permanent collection to approach the main themes of the First World War.

  • In the footsteps of Georges Bruyer, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
    Follow the guide and discover the temporary exhibition about Georges Bruyer to discover works by the artist who fought during WII.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 18 September 2021 to 19 September 2021



    Rue Lazare Ponticelli
    77100 Meaux


    Recommended age
    From 7 years old

    Average duration
    3 h

    Official website

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    Horaires : 9h30-18h