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- Verdun Memorial
- Alt Name:
- Mémorial de Verdun
- World War One
- 1900AD - 1999AD
- Douaumont Ossuary, Fort Douaumont,
Fort Vaux, Somme battlefields,
about Verdun Memorial
The Verdun Memorial (Mémorial de Verdun) is both a memorial site and a museum located in the Verdun Battlefield in France. The Battle of Verdun was a fierce clash between French and German forces in 1916 during the First World War which resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties.
The Verdun Memorial is set amidst the site of this battle and the surrounding landscape bears the scars of the war, including mine and shell craters. The Verdun Memorial Museum displays an array of objects and documentation dating back to the Battle of Verdun, including weaponry, French and German aircraft, photographs and medical equipment.
Laid out over two floors, the Verdun Memorial Museum immerses the visitor in the realities of the battle by recreating the trench system and using multimedia presentations to guide visitors through the events of the war. Exhibits are translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch, making the Verdun Memorial very accessible and the museum is divided thematically.
For those wishing to tour Verdun generally and see the different sites, the Verdun Memorial offers advice and itineraries, meaning it’s a good starting point for anyone touring independently. It also has a dedicated educational centre.
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Address: Verdun Memorial, 1, Avenue du Corps Européen, 55100 Fleury Devant Dou
Phone: 03 29 84 35 34
The Verdun Memorial is located 2 miles from the village of Verdun, approx. 167 miles from Paris. By train, you can reach Verdun from Paris’s Gare de L’Est, but most routes require you to change at Chalons-en-Champagne (1hr 40 min direct, 3hrs with change). Direct trains are infrequent, but available.
The Verdun Memorial is open daily, 9am-6pm (to 5pm in winter). Closes for lunch noon-2pm in winter and autumn. Closed 15 December - 29 January. Entry to the Verdun Memorial costs €7 for adults, €3.50 for ages 11-16 and free for under 11s. Discounts available.
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