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“Everything you always wanted to know about the first World War ...”

Musee de la Grande Guerre
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Private WWI Day Trip from Paris: Aisne-Marne Battlefields, Belleau Wood and...
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Meaux
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Set in a large modern building, the museum of "The Great War" (WW1) is very recent. This is a very interesting museum for adults as for children, which can be visited alone or with a guide. It is very well done, very informative, with reconstructions of trenches, costumes, spaces to watch videos, sound effects ... You can discover the "big history" as well as "small stories and trivial details", the objects of the everyday life of the soldiers as well as their weapons. You can go with children who are very interested.
The museum is worth the trip!

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

This is one of those places you just dont hear about. I dont know why it isnt more publicised. This is a wonderful museum telling the story of WW1 from start to finish. All the other reviews have described it in detail. It really is so worth a visit if you are in the area, I was very ignorant of the war in this part of France. Dont forget you can take the lift to the rooftop and walk round for an extra view if the weather is decent. The staff are a little officious. I had to go back to the car for my purse and forgot my husband had the tickets. Given that there were hardly any visitors and I had only come in 15 minutes earlier they made me wait at the door until my husband came to rescue me, even though they knew we had paid. Also the toilets were not working at all. Again my husband was absolutely desperate and the girl on the desk just shrugged in that 'cant be bothered' way. Fortunately he is fluent in french but he had to get pretty cross with them before they offered him the only working loo in the building. A pity that the customer service wasnt quite up to the museum itself.

1  Thank lhershon
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

This beautiful building houses an informative and well designed series of exhibits. You could spend hours here as many of the side rooms offer explanations of interesting topics such as medical advances or the role of nurses at the front. The main showcase walks you through events leading up to the war before chronologically taking you on a journey through WWI. It was fascinating to read and hear about anti-German sentiment in France years before the tensions became overwhelming. A set of headphones is set to accompany the exhibits. These do not offer translations (available in written form); instead, they share documents written by various people from school children remembering lessons to soldiers describing the trenches. No-man's land and the trenches exhibit alone is quite moving. Four years of shear inhumanity.

1  Thank crewsaustin
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Amazing museum, loads to see and hear. So much information and very well laid out. Interesting facts with information for much of the display in English, French and German.

Thank Lizzy M
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Yet another French gem that I have never heard of until now.
A huge personal collection of over 50,000 items housed in a breath taking modern building on the hill overlooking Meaux.
Well laid out but needs little touches to attract the UK visitors.
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
Just remember that this a French Museum in France on the site of their most famous victory so dont expect to much reference to the British involvement in this area.

1  Thank eagleslayer
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