Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne

Entrance to the Historial de la Grande Guerre.
Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne

The Historial de la Grande Guerre museum is an international museum of comparative history, attracting over 80,000 visitors a year. 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. The museum's displays and films aim to show the visitor not only what life was like for the soldier in the front line trenches, but also how he lived behind the trench lines. The effect of the Great War on the civilian populations who were occupied by an enemy force or were forced to flee their homes is an important part of the museum's exhibitions.

Resources for visitors include:

Documentation Centre

The Documentation Centre is open by appointment from Monday to Friday between 09.00 hours to 12.00 hours and 14.00 hours to 17.00 hours. Entry is free. The Documentation Centre contains archives, photographs, postcards, brochures and other documents on the Great War. There is a library of over 4,000 books, and pamphlets and periodicals. The Centre aims to provide an international approach to the study of the military, political and cultural history of the Great War and its aftermath.

Educational Outreach Department

Exhibition galleries at the Historial de la Grande Guerre.
Historial de la Grande Guerre

The Educational Outreach Department is composed of a multidisciplinary team of educators (high school teachers in literature, fine arts, German, English, history and geography, as well as elementary school teachers). The department offers an introduction to the Historial through pedagogical tools, varied approaches and teacher training.

International Research Centre

The advisory committee of historians responsible for elaborating the programme of the Historial has given rise to an international Research Centre, operating independently of the museum. This association ensures the promotion of historical research on the First World War through different means: organisation of international conferences, Publications, Fellowships.

Exhbitions, Conferences and Events

The museum organizes a programme of events and exhibitions each year. Subjects are examined from the historical, artistic and literary perspective. For the latest information and dates visit the museum website.


The museum has a café and terrace which can cater for group meals. For a menu and more information see the museum website.


A well stocked shop offers books, cards, DVDs and more. An E-Shop is also available for online ordering. For more information see the museum website.

Visitor Information

Opening Hours


Admission charges to the permanent exhibitions apply.

Admission to temporary exhibitions is free.

Group Visits

The Historial Group Programmes Department can provide information and reservations for group visits.

Contact Information

Address: Historial de la Grande Guerre, Chateau de Péronne - BP 63, 80201 Péronne Cedex, France

Telephone: +33 (0)3 22 83 14 18

Email: info@historial.org

Website: www.historial.org


The museum is located in the centre of Péronne. There is parking near to the museum.

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