The Museum of the Great War

  • Museum
  • Military
  • Wartime memories

Based on a collection unique in Europe, Pays de Meaux Museum of the Great War offers a new vision of the first world conflict [1914-1918], through innovative scenography illustrating the great changes and upheavals that resulted in society.

Covering 3,000 m², its permanent exhibition deals with all aspects of the conflict showing that between 1914 and 1918 the world moved from the 19th to the 20th century.

A tour lasting approximately 1h15 offers an immersion into History. Visitors leave the current world to be plunged into the 1870s, a period of the first tensions (loss of Alsace-Moselle and the birth of a spirit of revenge, maritime, colonial and economic rivalries, separation into two blocks, the arms race...) that contributed to the start of the First World War, up to 1939 on the eve of the Second World War.

Themed areas supplement the tour (for when visitors have a half-day or a day to spare). Visitors can thus explore the different aspects of the conflict through, in particular:

  • New war: development of technologies such as artillery, camouflage, communications…

  • Women and society: place and decisive role played by women in the conflict.

  • Daily life in the trenches: the lives of millions of men in the trenches.

  • Tactics and strategy: evolution of strategic issues and portraits of the men who developed them.

  • Globalisation: the game of alliances and the involvement of colonial empires.

  • From Bled to the trenches: participation in the conflict of men from the colonies and French protectorates.

  • The United States of America: reconstruction of an American camp and the importance of the American expeditionary corps in the final victory.

Opening and closing times

From 01/01 to 31/12 between 9.30 am and 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. The physical ticket office closes at 5pm, the temporary exhibition and the roof terrace at 5.30pm, the permanent exhibition at 5.45pm, the shop and the park at 6pm.


Free entry for press, subscribers, teachers, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

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

Payment methods accepted

  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Cash
  • Culture voucher


Types of customers

  • Groups
  • Home school groups
  • Special rate for disabled people
  • Special rate for jobseekers
  • Students


  • Minimum number of people : 10


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request
  • Unguided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Services and facilities


  • Auditorium
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Toilets


  • Coach access
  • Educational visits
  • Fast food
  • Guided tours
  • Restaurant
  • Room hire
  • Set down on-site for groups
  • Shop
  • Themed tour
  • Ticketing in number
  • Tourist brochures


  • Activity
  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert
  • Handicrafts workshops
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Theatre


Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Documentation languages

  • English
  • French
  • German

Visit languages

  • English
  • French
  • German

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French
  • German


  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Physical disability
  • Visual disability
  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Even flooring with no obstacles
  • Minimum aisle width of 90 cm
  • Doors >=77 cm wide
  • Reception desk between 70-80 cm high
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move


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