Inaugurated in 2011, the Pays de Meaux museum is dedicated to the First World War. It has become an emblematic place that welcomes more than 300,000 visitors per year. But what are the reasons, why the public likes to see uniforms from the 14-18 war so much, how do they evolve with the current generations.
History of the museum
The Museum of the Great War was born thanks to a historian Jean-Pierre Verney, who was also a collector. During 45 years, he managed to collect around 50,000 pieces, such as uniforms from the First World War, as well as larger models such as a First World War plane and documents.
But this museum was made with the help of Jean-François Copé who was at the time president of the Community of agglomeration. Indeed in 2005 he decided to get closer to the collector, who wish to sell abroad and to offer him to buy back his collection to create the museum. This is how the museum brings together all kinds of 14-18 hairy uniforms and many other historical treasures.
The historian’s collection includes 20,000 objects including uniforms from the 14-18 war, the Renault AG-type taxi, which is a symbol of the Battle of Meaux, but also the Blériot XII-2 plane and everyday objects. , artillery pieces, newspapers,… It is a complete collection retracing the history of this war.
Actions to reach the new generation
In order to make history known to the youngest and to captivate them, the museum is doing everything to attract them. Many educational activities are set up to accommodate school groups. As well as thematic guided tours during which workshops are set up.
While parents view the permanent exhibit, kids ages 8 to 12 will enjoy a dedicated trail where they’ll follow animals through each area of the museum. For 12 to 15 year olds, an audio guide is dedicated to them, many subjects are discussed to answer their various questions, they will appreciate knowing the history of World War I uniforms.
In order to get there and make the most of it, here is some practical and useful information.
The museum is open every day without interruption, except Tuesdays and,
- Closed on May 1st, December 25th and January 1st.
- Annual closures from January 6 to 10, 2020 and from August 18 to 31, 2020
How to get there?
To go to the Museum of the Great War, you must go to this address: Rue Lazare Ponticelli, 77100 Meaux. For any information you can contact them on 01 60 32 14 18
- Full prices: 10 €
- Reduced prices between € 5 and € 9 (on presentation of supporting documents)