"Museum ""Somme 1916"""

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The Somme 1916 Museum in Albert shows the life of the soldiers in the trenches during the Franco-English offensive of 1 July 1916.

The Somme 1916 Museum is located in an old gallery dug in the chalky ground by the Albertines in the 9th century.

These hiding places, or "muches", were designed to escape Norman, and later Spanish, invaders. A few centuries later, Lahyre, one of Joan of Arc’s fellow soldiers, was imprisoned at Albert, called Encre at the time.

During World War I, the town of Albert housed a British garrison. It was the starting point of the offensive against the German lines. One of the most fearsome battles of the war took place in the Somme in 1916, with 58,000 men out of action in one day, on 1 July 1916. The medieval galleries were reoccupied. In 1918, during the last attack to take back the town from the Germans, the British army systematically bombarded the sector, wiping out the town.

In 1939, the municipality of Albert decided to rehabilitate the underground gallery to shelter the civilian population and avoid a massive exodus: seven air raid shelters were built.

At the end of 1991, the “Somme 1916” Shelter Museum project was born. Work on repairing and securing 250 metres of underground galleries took months. The museum opened its doors on 1 July 1992.

The “Somme 1916” Museum presents the life of the soldiers in the trenches during the 1 July 1916 offensive. Some fifteen alcoves and showcases have been set up in a 230-metre underground gallery used as an air raid shelter during World War II. Sound, light and pictures give the visitor a view of these soldiers’ everyday life. There is a shop.

“Somme 1916” Museum

Rue Anicet Godin - 80300 Albert



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    Practical information


    Rue Anicet Godin 80300


    5.5 € pour les adultes. 3.5 € pour les jeunes de 6 à 18 ans. 4.5 € pour les groupes adultes à partir de 15 personnes. 3 € pour les groupes scolaires à partir de 15 personnes.

    Weekly opening hours

    Du 1er Février au 16 décembre Du 1er Février au 31 Mai et du 1er Octobre à mi Décembre de 9h à 12h et de 14h à 18 h. Du 1er Juin au 30 Septembre, journée continue de 9h à 18 h.

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    Du 16 Décembre jusqu’au 31 Janvier

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