La Vallette Underground Military Museum

La Vallette Underground Military Museum, St Peter Port

La Vallette Underground Military Museum

La Vallette Underground Military Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Albert J
London, UK170 contributions
I have never seen such a grand collection of Second Word War memorabilia (badges, uniforms, weapons, etc.) and there's a lot to see and appreciate. The very fact that the museum is located in a bunker makes it interesting (and the glimpse of the tunnels showed the difficult days during the war.)
Written November 1, 2021
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Ollie_Parry
Southampton, UK24 contributions
Family
Fascinating place to visit to get an insight into life on the island during the occupation. There are a lot of exhibits to see. We visited on a day when a cruise ship was in, so it was very busy. Unfortunately they did not take card payment for the entry fee, but they were able to accept Euro as well as Pounds.
Written January 13, 2020
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Andrew C
St Anne, UK1,654 contributions
Couples
Well laid out museum covering the German occupation of Guernsey during world war 2 . It shows the rules , regulations and the way the occupying forces operated Also uniforms of the navy and army services during both wars and afterwards. Many medals from both wars alongside mock ups of redoubts and trenches! Informative and worth a visit!
Written June 9, 2022
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FrancesAndLee
London, UK77 contributions
Couples
We visited Guernsey recently and visited the Occupation Museum as well as this one. We easily spent several hours at the Occupation Museum and found the combination of diaries, video clips, photos and artefacts vividly portrayed the lives of Guernsey people during this awful period. In contrast La Vallette contained many artefacts but scarce accounts. We thought it was a missed opportunity to educate and illuminate the impact of war. I also had questions about the ‘souvenirs’ being sold which I raised after my visit.
Written August 21, 2021
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ScottishYorkshireMan
Livingston, UK13 contributions
Family
Totally fascinating place to visit, especially if it's raining (it was). I did not realise what went on during the German occupation during the war. A very extensive collection of paper moneyand coins and medals from around the world. Perhaps not a place for very young children but 8-9 years plus quite an educational opportunity.
Written January 3, 2020
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Normanta
London, UK530 contributions
Couples
Although this is labelled a 'military museum' it is largely about the German occupation with lots of public notices and newspapers from the period on display. There are some good cabinet collections of headgear as well as medals, badges, uniforms and other memorabilia. There are smaller displays of British forces. The background music was Nazi marching songs.
A side tunnel has a reproduction of a WW1 trench as the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry served on the Western Front.
Unsupervised and little backgound explanation. No toilets.
Written April 6, 2013
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Rovingbrits
London, UK99 contributions
Couples
I was really looking forward to visiting here (as enjoyed the similar experience at The War Tunnels, Jersey) but this is sorely failing through lack of investment. The site is poorly marked and somewhat difficuolt to find. There was a young (clearly bored) girl on reception, with nothing much to do, and little enthisiasm (understandably!). The entrance has some good artefacts, German militaria and a large collection of newspapers (propaganda) printed in the Channel Islands during the occupation, but after that, upon entry in to the tunnels, there isn't much to see. The general feeling is eerie, undrerlit and somewhat morbid. Most tunnels are empty, with the exception of a single recreation area, a few bed frames and some discarded macinery. Thats it. Nothing else in any tunnel, little explanation and no imagination on behalf of whoever owns this museum. Really dissapointed, when it could be so much more.
Written October 3, 2018
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Tony E
Switzerland548 contributions
This museum is not quite as good as the similar Occupation Museum, also on Guernsey, but it is a close-run thing. There is a plethora of original items dating from the German Occupation, displayed in underground passages which served as storerooms for U-Boot fuel from 1940-1945. Everything is a bit haphazardly arranged, but pretty well labeled, and the setting is really atmospheric and redolent of the period covered. Anyone with a keen interest in the Occupation could easily spend half a day in here, but a good hour will suffice for the casually interested. An advantage of this museum over the more comprehensive Occupation Museum is that there are many items from the period on sale, including newspapers and military collectables.
Written October 13, 2019
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,704 contributions
Family
You cannot visit the Channel Islands without running into the abundant remnants and memorials of the German occupation between 1940 and 1945. Guernsey has its own Occupation Museum (near the airport) and there is a larger such museum in Jersey housed in the tunnels the German built on that island.

The La Valette Military Underground Museum is only a few hundred yards from the center of Saint Peter Port. It is easy to reach on foot (as I did) and there is parking at the edge of town and, as I recall, some more limited parking near the facility itself.

The Underground Tunnels here were built to house fuel tanks for submarines. The idea was to protect the tanks from allied bombing by building them into the rock cliffside where they would be difficult to locate and even more difficult to destroy. As with many of the German defensive works on the island, the actual labor was done by POWs or essentially slave or semi-slave labor.

One of the tunnels has one of the large storage tanks, but the others have been filled with artifacts of the occupation, most arranged in cases. There is also German music from the era played in the background.

There are certainly many items of interest here, particularly for WWII buffs – the Germans had around 10,000 troops on the island and left a large number of war implements behind. If you are not as interested, I think the Occupation Museum near the airport presents the material in a more accessible way for most visitors. Another option if the tunnels interest you is the large tunnel complex on Jersey, which also has modern and thoughtful displays on what the occupation was like.

This is good for those with historical interest, but might not be the best choice on the island. If you are here because of the “Guernsey Island Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” you will almost certainly be more interested in the Occupation Museum as it has more about the life of the civilians on the island.
Written July 12, 2019
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carol_chintz
York, UK75 contributions
Unfortunately I cannot rate this attraction more highly. It has so much potential but is so neglected.
Written October 2, 2018
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