Meaux, and a WWI Museum!!!

And I make a big swing and take you back to my sentimental Seine et Marne dept 77 of the Ïle de France region, and much nearer Disneyland Paris at Meaux. I have visited the museum a couple times and it is hightly recommended especially for those who have no time to reach the battlefields or cementeries themselves; this is a worthy alternative.

This is a wonderful town on the banks of the Marne river not far from Paris nor Disneyland. It is where all started for me in France as married a native, told many times in my posts. It is funny sometimes the places most dear to you are the least visited afterward.  Of course, not counting family visits which are different than visitors.

However, the main reason I came back this time as a visitor, if I can be there, is to see the museum of WWI history on the Marne . The museum of the Great War or Musée de la Grande Guerre.

Meaux

meaux

It is on the road we normally take route de Varennes to visit friends and family , but it is within Meaux city limits. There you see a huge American monument or Monument Americain, a gift of the people of the USA to France honoring the soldiers of the expeditionary force of Gen Pershing that after landing in now near me in St Nazaire march on towards the Marne to help the French as they have done to the USA in the war of Independence with Lafayette, Rochembau , and admiral Grasse. Gen Pershing cry “Lafayette we are here” upon landing. This monument is next to the museum.

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And there it is , modern , grand beautiful , hard to imagine on these lands so much blood was shed. There is the museum or Musée de la Grande Guerre (Great War is what is call here WWI). It is an imposing building on a small hill square in nature, and loudspeakers tell you , you are in the middle of a battlefield as you approach the museum. You go in to the big lobby and go up one floor to get your ticket and start your journey. The street level is for the boutique and café services. You can go up to the top level terrace and get a view of the city of Meaux.

meaux

Meaux

It tells the story of wars since 1870 so you can undertand the events leading to WWI.  You go around a thematic sequence showing the never forget theme, how was society at the time, school days , a divided Europe, the event to Sarajevo, the Marne in 1914, the trenches, Marne in 1918, victory and armistice peace ceremony; the illusions of the victory, and the re construction of the memories.

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meaux

It shows the implication of hospital and school personnel in those days, the role of women, and the bringing together of about 35 nations at war.  In all you have machine guns, airplane, armored vehicle, bus troop transports, utensils, small arms and long rifles, canons 75 and 105 mm, etc etc you name it. It is interesting to note that the music played is associated with the times and many exhibits of now playing like family paintings and how to build musical instruments and the music of the time in the trenches. All greatly visually displayed and explained, wonderful.

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meaux

There is program throughout the year on musical presentation and exhibitions.  Something educational and worth while for the whole family.  One event hopefully never repeated again. Of course, it can be a cheaper base for Disneyland Paris and a great week combination for sure. Hope you too pays hommage to the efforts of many and come here at least once, the Musée de la Grande Guerre or the Museum of World War I at historical Meaux.

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meaux

As by now usual for me, some webpages to help you plan your trip here and it is a must me think

The city of Meaux on the museum in French: City of Meaux on the museum

Tourist office of the Pays de Meaux on the museum in English: Tourist office pays de Meaux on the museum

Official museum of World War I or Great War in English: official Museum of World War I

And even listed in the tourist office of Paris in English: Tourist office of Paris on the museum

And there you go something worth your time and money to get you out of Paris and into my belle France. A monument to the world and a must again to see me think, me encourage you, me recommended it.

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the dead and wounded by nations 35 in all

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Triomphant soldier as in life

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

 

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