WWI museum at Albert!

And staying in my road warrior mode in the Nord , I came upon another historical dandy and nice town. This is the wonderful Albert in the Somme dept 80 of the Hauts de France region. Easy to visit due to family in the region ,the nordistes or Ch’tis!

And I like to give you a bit more on the musée Somme 1916 in Albert.

The wonderful museum of the Somme 1916 or musée Somme 1916, an old underground museum that connects to the basilica of Notre Dame de Brébiéres (more in later post), civil defense and life in the trenches  during WWI. All this is in Albert located in the department of the Somme 80 in the region of Hauts-de-France.


Albert was at stake in terrible fighting during the WWI (here calle the grande guerre or great war). These were from September 25 to 29, 1914, during the Battle of Albert, as part of the Race to the Sea; during the year 1915, the city was the object of numerous artillery rounds which almost completely destroyed it, the bell tower of the basilica was hit and the Golden Virgin on top remained leaning over the void; also, during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, from July 1 to November 18; during the battle of Kaiser in spring 1918, the ruined city was occupied by German troops; in 1918, general Douglas Haig launched a counter-offensive in Albert, on August 21. The main attack was launched by the 3rd British Army, which was joined by the 2nd United States Corps. Albert fell on August 22, 1918.


The city of Albert became one of the main poles of tourism in memory of WWI in the Somme. The Somme 1916 museum was created in 1992. Every July 1, a bagpipes concert is given in front of the basilica in memory of the soldiers who fell in battle.

The Somme 1916 museum, located at rue Anicet Godin. The Somme 1916 museum, formerly the Shelter Museum, is set up in a civil defense underground and presents life in the trenches during WWI at ten meters deep and 230 meters long. Its entrance is located to the right of the Basilica Notre-Dame de Brebières. The museum opened to the public on July 1, 1992.


This underground museum is made up of about fifteen alcoves or shelters, on either side of a gallery 230 meters long. In the gallery, weapons and military equipment are displayed in display cases as well as posters, newspaper articles and photographs. In the alcoves were reconstructed various scenes illustrating the daily life of soldiers in the trenches during the Franco-British offensive of 1916 during the Battle of the Somme with scenes from German, Australian, British, Canadian or French trenches; infirmary scene; soldiers’ rest and distraction scene; and attack scene, at the exit of the underground. To end the visit, the Gallery of Heroes retraces the journey of certain characters who distinguished themselves during the Battle of the Somme. Also, projection of documentary films on the Great War; animation on the soldier’s equipment at the front. The museum exit gives access to the public garden where the Ancre river flows, under the remains of the city walls of Albert. Awesome!!


This is another wonderful historical, educational museum to see and make you reflect on the bounties of life, an unbelievable experience. Hope never to be repeated. Hope you enjoy the tour, and do come to see it , its a must. Good for the whole family.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official musée Somme 1916

City of Albert on the WWI museums

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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