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Verdun Memorial Museum

by Simon Yuen on Dec 14, 2015 in Architecture
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Verdun Memorial Museum will re-open in France during February 2016

Verdun Memorial Museum, a tribute to the fallen soldiers who fought in the famed Battle of Verdun during World War One, will re-open on 21 February next year after more than two years of construction. Located close to the destroyed village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont, the museum explains the battle from both the French and German perspective, and illustrates this through various collections and interactive exhibits.

5.Memorial Verdun © Sebastien Hommes - Agence Brochet Lajus Pueyo

The extension and renovation has been completed by Brochet Lajus Pueyo and accompanies a new layout design by the Le Conte-Noirot Agency, giving the museum an extra 1900 sq-m of space. Two 400 sq-m wings have been added to the original museum. One of them houses the museum’s collection and the other one is part of the permanent exhibition, focusing on artillery and the Sacred Way.

4.Memorial Verdun © Jean-Marie Mangeot

A foyer has been constructed on the lower level of the museum, set partly into the embankment under the road. The ticket office, shop and tourist information desk specialising in battlefield tourism in Meuse are all in this new area. The third floor, added in 2015, has two side terraces open to the public, a 200 sq-m hall for temporary exhibitions, a classroom, the Documents Library and a lounge area.

3.Memorial Verdun © Jean-Marie Mangeot

The museum houses more than 2000 items including photos never been displayed before, eyewitness accounts and audiovisual exhibits. “A tour of the memorial museum leaves a lasting impression. Visitors are brought face to face with history and with those who shaped it beneath the shells and in the mud of the Battle of Verdun, ” says Edith Desrousseaux de Medrano, curator of the museum.

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