Le musée et la galerie des héros

musée somme 1916

Being a museum of reference, our Somme 1916 Museum is located inside a tunnel that dates back to the 13th century, rehabilitated into an air-raid shelter in 1938. 

  The museum opened its doors on the 1st of July 1992 following repairs and rehabilitation, and it’s at 10m below ground, after having descended the 62 steps into a 250m long gallery, where you may discover the life of our soldiers in the trenches during the 1st of July 1916 offensive.

  With an exceptionally rich collection, you will discover our display cases presenting various objects, material and weapons used in that period. The display cases also allow for better understanding of evolution in weaponry and the appearance of new technologies such as gas and tanks… 15 scenes  displaying the trenches allow for a very grasping reality, to understand the lives of the French, British and German soldiers during World War I, by different scenes such as : the First Aid Post, the winter, letter writing, society games, trench art confection etc… 

In the museum, the only thing that could be missing would be being able to give a voice to each of the mannequins to allow you to relive and understand the harsh reality lived through this conflict, and that this period in history has forever marked our region. 

The visit ends in a corridor where a light and sound display can make you imagine now a bombardment during the night could be like. Then you will reach our souvenir gift shop, where you will find a large variety of poppy food products, tableware, museum souvenir objects, and books in French and English as well as militaria collections… 

Some photos of the museum....

Entrée Rue Anicet Godin
Mur des mannequins
Descente du souterrain
Objet de fouilles
Plaque d'identité britannique
Artisanat des tranchées
Vitrines de fouilles
Plaque d'identitées allemandes
Le souterrain
Collection de bouteilles
Collection de bouteilles
Objets de fouilles (@binibolli)
Sifflet britannique 1915
Les fusils
Casques Français
Les vitrines
L'abri allemand
l4abri allemand 2
Capitaine Nevill
Les poilus
La sortie du musée
Le jardin public
Les salles séminaires

You have the opportunity to have a guided tour of the battlefield or museum in several languages (French - English - German - Dutch).
Our guide team is bilingual French / English and one of them speaks all these languages.

An original way to combine history and language learning.

The gallery of heroes

The Gallery 

A permanent exhibition room The Gallery of Heroes, inaugurated in 2011, presents in a fun way the life of nine men and women heroes who have distinguished themselves during this period! This takes place in the old souvenir shop of 48m2 which has been transformed into “Hall of Heroes”.


Letters from Paul Hannecart


Max Peschtein

Berthe Mouchette

John Mc Crae

Sadi Lecointre

Lucien Laby

Herbert Percy Cherry

Georges Butterworth

Marcelle Semmer

Paul Hannecart

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