WW1 Museums on the Somme Battlefields, France
There are a number of public and private First World War museums on the battlefields of the Somme. There are collections ranging from rare battlefield relics and archive collections to original battlefield remains and commemorative sites.
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The museum was established by the Franco-Australian Association and was opened on ANZAC Day, 25 April 1975. The museum is undergoing a major refurbishment during 2016. The collection is currently open to visitors in the temporary location of the Victoria Hall in the school.
Historial de la Grande Guerre
An international museum of comparative history. All presentations are made in three languages - French, English and German — to show the experiences of the major participants in the First World War and the impact of this conflict on the 20th century.
Le P'tit Train de la Haute Somme
This narrow gauge railway museum has a collection of about 20 locomotives and 25 wagons together with information on the use of the railway during WW1.
Tickets can be purchased here to ride on the last remaining section of the large military narrow gauge network built during WW1 in preparation to supply the trenches with ammunition in the Somme offensive of 1916.
Address: P'tit train de la Haute Somme - APPEVA, BP 70106, 80001 Amiens Cedex 1, France
Telephone: +33 (0)3 22 83 11 89
Musée Somme 1916, Albert
In tunnels 10 metres underground and 250 metres long this museum reconstructs realistic scenes from the lives of soldiers on the Somme battlefields.
Museum to the South African Forces, Delville Wood
Located in the centre of Delville Wood, the museum commemorates the sacrifice of 25,000 South African volunteers, who lost their lives in two world wars and in Korea.
Newfoundland Memorial Park Visitor Centre
The Visitors' Centre is part of Newfoundland Memorial Park near Beaumont Hamel. The displays within the Centre focus on the historical and social situation of Newfoundland at the start of the 20th century. It covers the history of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment from when it was formed in 1914 to the end of the First World War.
“Ocean Villas” WW1 & WW2 Museum
The museum comprises a collection of rare and important militaria and memorabilia from the First and Second World Wars.
Thiepval Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre provides a place for the thousands of visitors to the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing where the memorial is put in the context of the battlefield.
The Ulster Memorial Tower Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre comprises a small museum of display cases containing artefacts recovered from the Somme battlefields, and most particularly items related to the soldiers of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
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